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Default whats easier for IMG IM categorical or Preliminary IM

Sorry I know I posted this in the internal Medicine residency forum but just wanted to make it general for all to know and maybe help out more people then just myself.

Do you guys think Internal medicine categorical position is harder to get then preliminary medicine? I know transitional is near impossible since all the american grads want it and preliminary surgery is the easiest. Any thoughts?
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Sorry I know I posted this in the internal Medicine residency forum but just wanted to make it general for all to know and maybe help out more people then just myself.

Do you guys think Internal medicine categorical position is harder to get then preliminary medicine? I know transitional is near impossible since all the american grads want it and preliminary surgery is the easiest. Any thoughts?
Definitely not prelim, because most programs reserve those seats for residents matching into advanced programs in their hospital (like Neuro, Radio, etc) and some for their own medical students in case they remain unmatched elsewhere.

So you'll be competing with american medical students and applicants applying for advanced programs like radio and neuro, for very few seats... very difficult
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Categorical is easier. For preliminary you will be computing directly with dermatology, radiology, AMG candidates even in community hospitals

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