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Residency programs

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by lawj, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. lawj

    lawj 10+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    The vast Midwest
    I know talking about residency programs is a bit premature, but does anyone know the difference between 3 year and 4 year programs? I'm specifically curious about EM programs. You take the same board exams either way, right? It seems to make more since to take a 3 year program and begin working in your field sooner. Any comments?
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  3. You might want to go ask in the EM forums, but yes- both can sit for the board exams.
  4. Vano

    Vano 7+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2007
  5. Droopy Snoopy

    Droopy Snoopy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    The Alamo
    In a 4 year program you spend intern year doing time on varioius services like medicine and OB before starting strictly EM stuff as a PGY-2.
  6. Dr. Will

    Dr. Will 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2002
    Houston, TX
    Partly true. There are three EM formats
    PGY 1-3
    PGY 2-4 (requiring a prelim or transitional year)
    PGY 1-4 (full 4 year program that includes ED time during your first year)

    If you want more info on this, there are plenty of threads in the EM forum that will help answer your questions.

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