Switch to PM&R


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15+ Year Member
Apr 2, 2004
I matched into a PGY-2 spot in another specialty through the SFMATCH. I'm doing a prelim year elsewhere...

After doing a 4th year elective in PM&R, I realized that THIS is exactly what I want to do. I'm hoping to make the switch...
What options do I have??? Any help out there?


Stinky Tofu

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10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Aug 8, 2000
Try talking to the Program Director at the program you matched at. I've met some residents who were able to get out of their contracts. Most programs will understand and wouldn't want an unhappy resident. Many of the PM&R spots filled this year so your next step would be to find an opening. A lot of spots can open up for specialties requiring a Prelim/TY because there is over a year between the match and residents actually starting. With that in mind, keep your eyes open for unexpected openings that will undoubtedly pop up during your Internship.



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Apr 25, 2004
San Diego, CA
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positions are still opening up, I know of one that may be opening up in california. One of my friends doing PM&R in northern california wants to go into Neurology after doing one year. His/her program will fill for a PGY2 or 3 year.
Let me know if you want more info.
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Oct 27, 2003
If you are already matched to a PGY-2 Position in PM&R but want to switch into another program, is that not frowned upon? Do you have an obligation to the program you matched to because of ERAS rules? I have a friend in this situation. He is unhappy where he matched and thinks he might actually like the Rehab program better at the place where he is doing her PGY-1 year. If an opening comes available for his PGY-2 year he is going to try to switch to that program. I always thought that was a violation, but he says no. I told him I would ask you guys here on the board.


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May 9, 2004
Technically, it is a violation, but generally a PD will let you out if they can fill your spot, since no one really wants an unhappy resident in their program.

PM me which program they are considering going to and leaving, and I can perhaps give you more insight about the specific personalities involved.
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