Prelim year vs. Transitional --Stronger Applicant?

Discussion in 'Ophthalmology: Eye Physicians & Surgeons' started by sublingual, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. sublingual

    sublingual Junior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2002
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have heard that either years are good prior to starting Ophthalmology PGY-2. But, what if you did not apply for match this year and plan on doing the prelim or transitional year prior to applying for the SF Match? Would you be a stronger applicant doing one or the other? Personally, I am more interested in doing the one year Prelim in Surgery: 1) This is because Surgery is my second choice and if I dont match into ophthal I can try to apply the PGY-1 year credits to a Categorical surgery program (i.e. get into a PGY-2 Cat Surgery program). 2) I have a feeling ophthal programs would see you as hard working and a better applicant than doing a trans year or a prelim medicine year.

    Any advice on this? Am I on the right tract? Can it hurt me to do a prelim surgery year?:D
     
  2. Note: SDN Members do not see this ad.

  3. Andrew_Doan

    Andrew_Doan Doc, Author, Entrepreneur
    Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2002
    Messages:
    5,633
    Likes Received:
    17
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    Where you do your prelim/transitional/internship year will not affect your competitiveness for ophthalmology. If you're interested in surgery as a second option, then I advise that you take this route.

    Good luck!
     
  4. sublingual

    sublingual Junior Member
    7+ Year Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2002
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for the reply.


    Did you mean to say "where" or "whether"?:
     
  5. Andrew_Doan

    Andrew_Doan Doc, Author, Entrepreneur
    Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2002
    Messages:
    5,633
    Likes Received:
    17
    Status:
    Attending Physician
    I meant to say where and whether. :) The point is that the first year has very little bearing on your competitiveness.
     

Share This Page