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prelim to PGY2 medicine? hard to do?

Discussion in 'Internal Medicine and IM Subspecialties' started by H0mersimps0n, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. H0mersimps0n

    H0mersimps0n HMO CRUSHER
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    Jun 17, 2002
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    Trying to match radiology with board scores that are a stretch. I am an osteopathic student to add to the insult. With 250k of loans hanging over my head I don't want to waste a single year.

    I was thinking that instead of a transitional year or osteopathic internship which gets me absolutely no where I'd do a prelim year of medicine...

    my question is (in general terms of most programs) how hard is it to slide from a prelim year of medicine to continue on as a second year and finish up.

    If I don't get rads the first time I want to skip one app cycle, finish up medicine and apply during my PGY3 year of medicine. That way if I don't get it a second time at least I'll have something to show for my three years of hard work right?

    hard to do or unrealistic?
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  2. Gfunk6

    Gfunk6 And to think . . . I hesitated
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    Apr 16, 2004
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    It may be hard to do depending on your circumstances. When you are applying for your prelim year, I would be upfront w/ the PD about your desire to possibly go from prelim to categorical.

    Since IM programs tend to be quite large, there's always a decent chance that someone will drop/change fields/transfer thereby leaving an open slot for you. However, you may have to move to another program to continue on as a PGY-2.

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