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switching out of anesthesia

Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by gentamicin, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. gentamicin

    gentamicin Member 5+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    Hi all,

    I am currently doing a transitional year and this coming July I am supposed to start my PGY 2 anesthesia spot which I matched into last year. However, I have decided that I do not want to do anesthesia anymore and have been offered a position in another specialty at my program where I am doing my internship. I plan on accepting that position. However, what are the consequences of breaking my match with the anesthesia program? If I let them know now, is it enough time for them to find someone else? When is the latest that I should let them know by? Also, I don't recall getting a contract from the anesthesia program after the match. Am I supposed to be getting one soon? What should I tell the anesthesia program that I matched into? Should I tell them the truth that I have changed my specialty plans? Please advise.

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  3. The_Sensei

    The_Sensei Banned Banned

    Dec 28, 2005
    Why are you punking out?
  4. VolatileAgent

    VolatileAgent Livin' the dream 7+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2005
    let them know immediately. most programs would rather have a resident who really wants to be there, as opposed to someone who's miserable and wishes they were doing something else. tell them tomorrow (monday). they will be able to fill your spot. don't worry. they don't want the hassle of making a stink out of it. they'll almost certainly let you go without a fuss.
  5. 2strong

    2strong 2+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2006
    let the pd knows, and i'll take your spot for you. simple.
  6. lvspro

    lvspro ASA Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2004
    I'll be the one to ask... why? What happened, and what are you going into now? Just curious, b/c after rotating through all these med specialties, my decision has been reaffirmed, so I'm curious to hear about people that go the other way.
  7. CHMer

    CHMer Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    I would think that if you have a spot secured in a specialty that you now prefer, you would have nothing to lose by informing your anesthesia program now. And, the PD of the anesthesia program has only time to lose by you shuffling your feet.

    Although I know that it wasn't the intent of the original post, I hope that you elaborate on the rationale and circumstances behind your switch. I just matched into anesthesia and a TY, but I am having my own second thoughts. I'm not sure if it's just that I am no longer as excited about any field of medicine as I used to be, or if it's that all of the negative discussions on this board are disillusioning me. However, I find myself incapable of really enjoying my match (despite matching into a very desireable program) and wondering if I'm going to be able to sustain a career in anesthesia.

    What were your thought processes in switching, and how did you go about doing it? Just wondering if you could elaborate, as several of us are curious.
  8. ronin8

    ronin8 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2004
    yeah, i'll take your spot for you! pm me
  9. EtherMD

    EtherMD Banned Banned

    Dec 25, 2006

    Anesthesiology is a "first tier" specialty right now. I listed the problems in the specialty because I want it to remain that way. Provided you are willinfg to the fellowship year Anesthesiology will most likely at least remain a "second tier specialty" for the next two decades.

    A lot of medical students think ER (Emergency Medicine) is the way to go. Anesthesiology is a much better choice in the long run.
  10. toughlife

    toughlife Resident 5+ Year Member

    Sep 11, 2004
    The original poster wanted to do ortho initially and apparently didn't match and got an anesthesia spot. Now he wants back into ortho hence his reason for moving on

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