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Residency... in Puerto Rico?

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Cuts, Feb 20, 2002.

  1. Cuts

    Cuts Member 7+ Year Member

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    I'm gonna be graduating from a Caribbean school next year, and I'm going for (1)Rads and (2)Anesthesia. What do y'all think about doing a residency in Puerto Rico? I mean, the programs there all participate in the Match, so they're just as good as "real" U.S. programs, right? Or, is it considered in some way inferior to doing residency within the 50 states? I'm worried b/c after having carried the Caribbean school stigma on me for the last 4 years, I'm not too eager to prolong it for another 4. Thanks!
     
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  3. Future GI Guy

    Future GI Guy Hoo Hoo.... 7+ Year Member

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    If you're going to do Anesthesia, why not try for some state programs (not that PR isn't a state--well it's not, but you know what I mean.)

    I realize Anesthesiology is becoming more and more competitive these days, and that may put a damper on where you'd want to apply, but there should still be plenty of spots available to you, especially if you've done well on boards, etc.

    As for Rads, I mean, it's so hard to say. Everyone knows that it's become ultra-competitive this year, so that may factor into your decision.

    Good luck with your application problem, it's a tough one. I don't know how employers view PR residencies, but I'd assume that it's not as good a view as the state programs (perhaps this is unfair, but that's the way it is). You'll probably be just as good a physician, maybe better than the everage Joe, simply because you'll be fluent in Spanish. Seriously--you'll be able to treat the Spanish speaking population much better than an Anesthesiologist from Missouri, where I am.
     
  4. Cuts

    Cuts Member 7+ Year Member

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    Bump for more input...
     
  5. dbiddy

    dbiddy Member 7+ Year Member

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    Howdy! Do you speak spanish? I've been to Puerto Rico and love it. Tropical weather and beautiful women. If I could speak spanish fluently I'd be there in a heartbeat. I think they have a radiology program there as well.
     
  6. Neurogirl

    Neurogirl Resident Extraordinaire 10+ Year Member

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    I've heard that to even be considered for PR programs, you MUST be fluent in spanish.
     
  7. shirazsyrah

    shirazsyrah Junior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Although I am a meager buddying med student w/ not much knowledge about residencies, I am from Puerto Rico and have a cousin who graduated from UPR and, I believe, did a residency there. Current status: oncologist at MD Anderson (not bad in my opinion). Note: Being bilingual can only help you amigo.
     
  8. hndrx1a

    hndrx1a electric medical haze 7+ Year Member

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    Believe it or not, it might actually be tougher to land residency in P.R...competition there is great for # positions..
     
  9. Cuts

    Cuts Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by dbiddy:
    <strong>Howdy! Do you speak spanish? I've been to Puerto Rico and love it. Tropical weather and beautiful women. If I could speak spanish fluently I'd be there in a heartbeat. I think they have a radiology program there as well.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I don't speak Spanish... yet, but... if there's beautiful women there, I'm sure I'll learn quickly <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" /> ...
     
  10. Cuts

    Cuts Member 7+ Year Member

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by hndrx1a:
    <strong>Believe it or not, it might actually be tougher to land residency in P.R...competition there is great for # positions..</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Tougher? Competitive? Why would that be? Can you elaborate please...
     
  11. Pilot Doc

    Pilot Doc SDN Angel Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    The current anesthesia residents at UPR are listed below. Looks like they don't take many (any?) mainlanders.

    Dimaris Dom?nguez-Ayala
    Jos? R. Oller-L?pez
    Jorge A. Acevedo-Orengo
    Rafael A. L?pez-Torres
    Jessica S?nchez-G?mez
    Rosa Frasqueri-R?os
    Ernesto Jusino-Rom?n
    Ana I. Corripio-S?nchez
    Griselle Casado-Cartagena
    Hector R. Maym?-Mu?oz
    Carlos A. Bux?-Tirado
    Francisco Lebr?n-Arz?n
    Ivette Resto-Le?n
    Orlando Aponte-Rivera
    Linka Matos
    Karina Fuentes-Figueroa
    Mario V?zquez
    Grisel Pedraza
    Enid Garc?a-Ortega
    Lymari Vargas
     
  12. trixnjoks

    trixnjoks Junior Member

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    A friend of mine went to med school down there. He told me there aren't enough residency spots to take in the seniors from the 3 accredited schools and in fact many seniors must seek training in the continent.
     
  13. VERAJAN

    VERAJAN Junior Member

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    You should be checking some spots in the states, why do I say this? There are three medschools there and the guys from Ciencias Medicas get all the top spots there. You can squash the usmle but there are many people in P.R who do too, and the fluent spanish is a must
     

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