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I am currently M4 and I will be applying for radiology residencies this fall. If get matched into a transitional/preliminary year+radiology program, during my transitional/prelim year, is it possible to reapply to other radiology programs? Specifically, I was wondering

1) Am I going to be legally bound to the radiology program that I get matched into such that I won't be able to apply to any other programs during my transitional/preliminary year?
2) If I do so, would I have to reveal the fact that I was previously accepted into a radiology program, or would there a way for them to find that out, and if they have that knowledge, would that adversely affect my chance of getting an interview from them and matching into the programs?
3) Instead, is it possible at all for me to apply just for the transitional/preliminary year this fall, strengthen my application during the time I have left in my fourth year (more research and better recommendations) and during my intern year, I apply for radiology program?

I would greatly apprecaite your help!
 

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I am currently M4 and I will be applying for radiology residencies this fall. If get matched into a transitional/preliminary year+radiology program, during my transitional/prelim year, is it possible to reapply to other radiology programs? Specifically, I was wondering

1) Am I going to be legally bound to the radiology program that I get matched into such that I won't be able to apply to any other programs during my transitional/preliminary year?
2) If I do so, would I have to reveal the fact that I was previously accepted into a radiology program, or would there a way for them to find that out, and if they have that knowledge, would that adversely affect my chance of getting an interview from them and matching into the programs?
3) Instead, is it possible at all for me to apply just for the transitional/preliminary year this fall, strengthen my application during the time I have left in my fourth year (more research and better recommendations) and during my intern year, I apply for radiology program?

I would greatly apprecaite your help!
1) Yes
2) You can't
3) You could but you'd have a gap year and less time to interview as an intern.
 

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3) It is possible, but there are only 30 some positions in radiology per year in the 'R' (physician) category that start the same year as the Match (rather than the year after). These positions are designed to recruit those interns who do not have an advanced program, such as those who went unmatched and SOAPed into a prelim spot, as well as those residents who are switching from another clinical specialty after completing at least a year.
 

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Why would you want to reapply into the same field? Do you think you'll get into a better program, or do you foresee needing to move for personal reasons?

I was under the impression that reapplicants who are already prelims usually have inferior prospects than if they were MS4 seniors. Are you opposed to doing a gap year or can you extend M4 into 2 so you can resume build and apply as a senior?
 
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