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What are the options after doing residency in a small community program that does not provide fellowships ? What is the chance of getting into a good university based fellowship program ? What is the chance of finding a hospitalist position ?
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What are the options after doing residency in a small community program that does not provide fellowships ? What is the chance of getting into a good university based fellowship program ? What is the chance of finding a hospitalist position ?
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First comment ever on this forum, I usually just read. But this question hit home, so I had to reply.

That's exactly my biggest concern! Not even the Match.
People tend to forget that there's life after residency. I've been thinking about this topic a lot, and it helped me make some decisions when it comes to pick between what is "easier" and what is better.
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Good question

Many programs have a page to show what their residents are doing after graduation (whether fellowship placements or private practice or hospitalists...)

Actually this was one of the main things I looked for when applying to community programs, because some of them have strong fellowship placements

I think it is related to whether the program has good focus on research and education, these things pay well for fellowships I guess

Mind you that many of these programs actually focus on primary care, they don't care about the subspecialties, also some applicants have this interest in primary care (Especially with the US facing problems in this field) - this may be a point of discussion in their interviews
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Guys, why do you even bother worrying about that kind of stuff?
There's a physician shortage in all specialties, so doctors are needed badly. And it's only going to get worse. Try searching for a physician's job on simplyhired or indeed, you'll see how many postings there are.

I was told by a friend who's already done with the residency and now working as a physician that an employer doesn't care where you did your residency (well, unless it's some big name, but how many of us will match to Johns Hopkins??). The only thing he cares about is whether you have a license.
Got your license to practice medicine in US? You're hired!
In fact, most of us will match in small or medium-size community programs, and that's fine!
Of course, it's a slightly different story when it comes to fellowships. In some community programs your chances of getting into a fellowship are close to zero, so you'll have to be picky. But as far as finding a job goes - we are all going to be just fine.
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