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Taking time off for research during residency????

Discussion in 'Internal Medicine and IM Subspecialties' started by muscles, May 26, 2008.

  1. muscles

    muscles student of the month 2+ Year Member

    Feb 2, 2008
    How common is it for traditional categorical (I'm not on a research track)?
    Difficult to do?
    Looked down upon by administration?
    Is it worth it?

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  3. grendelsdragon

    grendelsdragon Synesthetic 2+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2007
    Hi muscles,

    I assume this is an extension of our discussion about getting into a competitive brand-name cardiology fellowship. It is possible to get into these programs without research but is simply less probable. For these type of applicants, they either come from high profile training programs or show a prior commitment to academics through teaching and administrative achievements (like chief residency etc.). Certainly these requirements do not apply if the goal is to get into a cardiology fellowship that does not have a track record for churning out academicians (generally not that difficult by comparison).

    If you do not come from one of the top programs, then you seriously need to consider doing productive research with a nationally recognized mentor, however you organize it. Unfortunately, your time is pretty much accounted for in a categorical program. Most program directors do not take kindly to taking sizable time off during the training years (except maternity leave).

    Many people applying for cardiology take some time off to do research after residency to bolster their research and academic credentials. Only problem is that these people delay their application process for a few years. This path is not uncommon.
  4. Fexofenadine

    Fexofenadine 2+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Thanks GrendelsDragon. Very good insights

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