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hi fellows,
I want to know if doing a year of EM residency will help if we apply next time to general surgery ?
I just want to apply to EM as a back-up, if I didn't get GS, and I assume that EM will be only benefical in my CV in case I apply to GS, since I you have exposure to a lot of surgical diagnoses, and you learn to work under pressure ?
what do you think guys ?
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any idea guys ?
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I'm assuming you are talking about doing an EM year in your home country? I don't think it will help for the reasons you stated but more because of the fact you are still involved clinically and not just sitting on your bum. Clinical experience in pretty much any specialty (except maybe psych) would be beneficial for surgery because you are not losing your history and physical skills. Best case scenario for you is to try for a prelim surgery spot in the US and either make connections or get some solid letters of rec. Good luck

I should add that matching into US surgery is going to depend a lot on scores/visa/LOR's/year of graduation. If you are not a citizen/green card holder and have steps in the 200-210 range, your best bet is US surgery prelim, otherwise the EM year or anything else won't matter
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thank you for your input.
But actually i'm talking about EM in USA, because from what I see it's the most close MEDICAL speciality to GS, and in EM we can make connection with surgeons right ? concerning prelim it is very risky, that's why I thought about EM, because in case I wasn't succesful on getting a spot on GS I can still pursue my residency.
I am just assuming these things about EM, because back in my country we don't have this speciality, so please correct me if i'm wrong
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EM is not considered a backup specialty for anyone in the US, even US graduates. You will actually have a harder time getting EM interviews than surgery because EM has their own letters of rec and without them most programs won't take your candidacy as an applicant seriously. Again a lot of this depends on scores and visa. Without knowing either, what you can get and how you can get it is a rather pointless discussion. I don't mean to be rude but I would suggest you spend some time looking at these forums and the NRMP website to gain a basic understanding of the US residency system and what is involved in obtaining a residency. Good luck
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Apply to prelim surgery as a backup for general (categorical) surgery. EM is tough enough already to get into. Hardly a backup plan. Prelim surgery has unmatched slots all the time.
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EM is not considered a backup specialty for anyone in the US, even US graduates. You will actually have a harder time getting EM interviews than surgery because EM has their own letters of rec and without them most programs won't take your candidacy as an applicant seriously. Again a lot of this depends on scores and visa. Without knowing either, what you can get and how you can get it is a rather pointless discussion. I don't mean to be rude but I would suggest you spend some time looking at these forums and the NRMP website to gain a basic understanding of the US residency system and what is involved in obtaining a residency. Good luck
what did u mean by EM has its own recommendation letters can u please explain thanks
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