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Prelim to categorical?

Discussion in 'Internship' started by Fanconi, Oct 25, 2002.

  1. Fanconi

    Fanconi Senior Member
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    A hypothetical situation:

    Dr. X starts her medicine prelim year at some nice university-based program. After a few months of questioning how she could best utilize her talents as well as stay challenged and stimulated by her career choice, Dr. X decides to remain in internal medicine.



    Which is more likely? :confused:


    Dr. X's prelim program will find a categorical spot for her, and she can continue her residency at the same program.

    Dr. X will have to find another residency program.
     
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  3. ESU_MD

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    Good question.

    In surgery, alot of people use the prelim jobs to springboard into a categorical position. One PD I know didn't like to take prelims whose only goal was to continue on in the same program since this made for a very malignant competitive cutthroat environment. Imagine 5 colleagues all going for 1 spot? Plus to only promote from the prelim year makes a program look weak.

    If the situation is one where there is uncertainty over your career choice or a need to be at a particular program then I would go for it. however going prelim exposes you to being in the spotlight for the whole year- worrying about screwing up and loosing your spot.

    I guess in the end every program is different and each program director has his/her own view on that matter. Certainly bring up at your interviews though. Remember that good people will always have a job.!
     
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    If Dr. X finds another Internal Residency Program, would she have to repeat her 1st year since it is a categorical postion? Or would she start at year 2?
     
  5. Moonglow

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    She would go into IM year 2. BUT, if she does not stay at her home residency, it will be more likely that she'll end up at a "non-lateral" program.
     
  6. Pontifex Maximus

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    Holy crap an 8 year bump
     

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