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I was thinking about prelim IM programs. I know you can theoretically secure a PGY2 categorical IM and be a "normal person again" or you can participate in upcoming year match for a new categorical 3-year progr
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IM prelim positions are more competitive than gen surg prelims. Usually they all get to AMGs.

After prelim IM your most likely path to to IM categorical is probably through PGY1.

It's difficult to get from IMprelim to PGY2 because the attrition rate is not as high as in Surgery ie less people leave their IM categorical positions unlike surgery.

My advice is to stay away from Prelim IM. If you want a prelim position go for a surg prelim.

Another point is that a prelim IM position sets the 100% funding u get from medicare for 3 years. However a prlim surg position will set your funding for 5 years. SO it is easier to join programs after a prelim surg than a prelim medicine

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Yes, you can do it. Second choice sounds easier.
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Thank you guys. I just didnt apply for any prelims this year and was wondering if I should have. But I see if you dont have letters/background for advanced specialty so that you can apply for IM prelim and advanced program, Just IM prelim doesnt do much. Prelim IM is more competitive and after it you will have a lot of difficulties getting PGY2 IM. Or that funding issues if you get PGY1 after 1 y of prelim.

Anyway good to know. Thanks
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