Residency, Internship and Fellowship

Discussion in 'Clinical Rotations' started by waimea, Jul 20, 2000.

  1. waimea

    waimea Junior Member

    Jul 15, 2000
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    Still learning a lot of what to expect while taking that path to becoming an MD. I noticed that for some specialities, there is a combination of a residency, internship and fellowship tenure. What is the distinction among the three types? Why is a fellowship needed when someone has already invested 3 or more years of training in a residency program? I apologize if this question should have been posted in the premed forum. Aloha.
  2. Carbon Klein

    Carbon Klein Senior Member
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    Apr 22, 2000
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    Internship is the first year of your residency. A lot of specialties use either medicine or surgery for their internship.

    Residency is the actual post grad training.

    Fellowship is specialized training in a particular your residency of general surgery can lead to a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship.

    [This message has been edited by Carbon Klein (edited 07-20-2000).]
  3. jawurheemd

    jawurheemd xx ToXiC xx
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    Aug 8, 1999
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    internship -- the first year out of med school

    residency -- formal training in an area -- may include the internship year

    fellowship -- done after residency for further specialization

    So, let's say that I wanted to become a cardiologist. I would need to go through 4 years of medical school, 3 years of residency (this includes the intership year), and 3 years of a cardiology fellowship.

    Hope this helps

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