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Residency/intern confusion

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by Dave, Jul 27, 2001.

  1. Dave

    Dave Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 11, 1999
    Salt Lake, UT USA
    Is an intern year required on top of a residency? Does an intern year count towards residency? I have a friend that graduated this spring and will start a dermatology residency next year. He is currently doing an intern year of general practice? Is this typical? I am planning on family practice, will I have a 1 year internship and 3 years of residency? How does all of this work? Also will I get paid as an intern?

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  3. Becket

    Becket Senior Member 15+ Year Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    "Internship" simply refers to the first year of residency. For some specialties (like dermatology), you have to do a preliminary year of training in general medicine or surgery before you start your residency in that field. Since interns are residents, they do get paid.

    As for family practice, I would think you'd go straight into the residency (where, for the first year, you'd be referred to as an intern).
  4. AJM

    AJM SDN Moderator Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2001
    When people talk about how many years of residency training are involved in a specialty, they usually automatically count the intern year as part of that. Therefore a 3 year residency in FP implies a 1-year internship and 2 years as a resident. Also, interns are still considered residents, as Becket said.
  5. droliver

    droliver Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    May 1, 2001
    The concept of intern/resident has changed since the abolition of a true rotating internship year that was standard until 25 years ago. Interns now are just simply first year residents in their specialty. The few remainging "transitional" residency positions in the match come close to what the older system was like
  6. im4real

    im4real Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Martinsburg, WV, USA
    My husband is completing his residency is Family Practice Medicine. Residency for FP is 3 years in length, including Intern year.


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