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residency choice?

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by iwannaplaylock, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. iwannaplaylock

    iwannaplaylock Membership Revoked

    Feb 24, 2007
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    Do you get to pick your residency that you want to do? Or is it based on your marks or an exam or something? Do most people get to do their residency of choice? For example I have a passion for radiology and I would kill to get in... What is the likely hood of that person to get in? If she/he had average/below average marks in med school would it still be possible to get into that residency?
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic!
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    Apr 9, 2000
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    Within reason. There are no quotas so, in effect, all fields are open to all applicants.

    Here is where reason comes in. Yes, obtaining the residency of your choice is about your scores on the US medical licensing exams, your grades (marks), letters of recommendation, evaluations during clinical rotations and an ephemeral amount of interview prowess.

    Most do. However, by the time it comes to applications for residency, the groups tend to self-select. That is, a student with sub-par scores is likely to realize that the chances of matching into something super competitive, say Derm or Ortho, and will not apply. So most do tend to get the residency of their choice, but it may not be their (real) first choice.

    Perhaps, but it would be unlikely for a competitive specialty like rads. There are always exceptions to the "rule" - ie, the Derm resident who has average grades, or the Plastics resident with lower USMLE scores. But most students realize that they are more likely not to be the exception to the rule.

    Hope that helps.
  4. gutonc

    gutonc No Meat, No Treat
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    Sub-par AMGs (particularly those from mid-level or lower programs) definitely have an advantage when it comes to matching in competitive residencies, as long as they are willing to stay at their home institution. If you're a mid-pack student but are desperate to do ortho (or derm/rads/ophtho/uro/rad-onc/ENT/etc.) and blow the appropriate amount of smoke up the PDs butt, you will more than likely get a shot at a spot.

    If you're a mid-pack IMG however you should probably be more realistic about your options. As Kimberli points out, you can apply to whatever you want, but without a realistic outlook, you run the risk of being sorely disappointed.

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