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Hey I have a question,

Whats the difference between Categorical track and a Primary Track in Pediatrics? WHich is better?

Is a primary track residency at Maimonides > than a categorical track at University of Toledo?
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A Categorical Track program provides enough training to qualify for your license (usually 3-4 years).

A Preliminary Track program is 1 year only and does not complete your training. It often serves as a prerequisite for Advanced specialties.

Unless you are planning to go for an Advanced specialty, it's best to rank Categorical positions first.

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A Categorical Track program provides enough training to qualify for your license (usually 3-4 years).

A Preliminary Track program is 1 year only and does not complete your training. It often serves as a prerequisite for Advanced specialties.

Unless you are planning to go for an Advanced specialty, it's best to rank Categorical positions first.

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Hey thank you! What about a primary track? And is a primary track at Maimonides better than a categorical track at university of Toledo or Texas tech El Paso? (I would like to pursue a fellowship)
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