residency vs. internship

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by frubeak, Mar 6, 2007.

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  1. frubeak

    frubeak 5+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    I've read through posts talking about residencies and internships and am confused about the difference. Does everyone have to do an internship before applying to residency? How long is an internship? how long is a residency?
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  3. Dr.McNinja

    Dr.McNinja Nobel War Prize Winner SDN Moderator 10+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    How old are you?
  4. frubeak

    frubeak 5+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2007
    20. pre-med. someone please help?
  5. TxMed

    TxMed SpottieOttieDopalicious 5+ Year Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    internship= 1 yr, can be surgical or medical
    residency= 2-4,5,6 yrs (depending on program and specialty)
    fellowship=1-3 years

    all of these take place after medical school. internship and residency are pretty much required if you want to practice medicine in the states. pm me with any more questions.

  6. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Lifetime Donor SDN Chief Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
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    Internship is generally just considered to be the first year of residency. So an intern = first year resident and usually = Post-graduate year (PGY) 1.

    You typically do your internship and residency in the same hospital and apply for them at the same time (ie, during your 4th year of medical school). There are some instances in which you may not go directly from internship to residency:

    1) you did not match into an advanced residency position
    2) you didn't know what you wanted to do, so decided to take a 1 year (usually referred to as a preliminary or transitional year) intern year to make up your mind
    3) you decide medicine is for the birds and live in a state where you can get a medical license with only 1 year of post-graduate training (this is not recommended for many reasons)

    So again, internship is simply the first year of residency. Residency can be anywhere from 2 more to 6 more years, depending on the specialty you choose. Many super-specialties have further training after residency, called fellowship - these can be 1 to 3 years in length.
  7. dara678

    dara678 Hello Kitty Fan 7+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2002
    you may also do your internship in a hospital other than the hospital where your residency is located in certain specialties, such as radiology, anesthesiology, and ophthalmology. this is because these specialties only provide training for the PGY-2 year and above, while requiring that you still do a PGY-1 year. in these cases, the intern year is also called the "preliminary" year.

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