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Timeline for contacting residencies

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by Hercules, Aug 19, 2002.

  1. Hercules

    Hercules Son of Zeus 10+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2000
    Mobile, AL
    As an MS-II, is it too early to start contacting residency programs to get information from them? My wife has just started law school, and it would help her out if she had some idea of where we might be during my residency (different states require different classes to get ready for their bar exam). Thanks.
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  3. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Its not too early - I suggest looking up information on FREIDA (or at SFMatch if relevant) for programs you *might* be interested in, as well as individual programs' web sites.

    Be aware that some programs may simply tell you "see the website" or "see FREIDA" for information; they no longer send out glossy brochures.

    Because residency programs are widespread, you are probably better off selecting a small geographic area in which you PREFER residency and your wife can adjust her studies accordingly. However, you both should be prepared for the very real possibility (depending on your application and the competition in your field of choice) that you don't match in a state of your (first/top) choice. It may be time for a "what if" discussion - "what if" you don't match to one of your ranked programs (presumably in a state where she has completed the requirements for the bar) and have to scramble, only for a position out of your desired geographic area?
  4. kenfused

    kenfused Senior Member Partner Organization 7+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2002
    SDN Partner
    I'd check out most programs' websites, as they have lots of info these days. (unless you have specific questions) Most programs don't send out pamphlets in the mail, just website info nowadays anyways...

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