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Old 07-02-2012
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I am applying to psychiatry for the 2013 match. I am debating if I should apply to Family medicine, as a back up. I do not like/not interested in family. My question is if I get accepted into family, after the first year of residency, can I switch into a psychiatry program? Is this possible? Do residents do this?

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Old 07-03-2012
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Yes you can do that.

In July 2013, you start preparing for the 2013-2014 matching season, you go for interviews, apply in NRMP (just like what you will do this year). If you get accepted into a psychiatry program, then you don't sign your PGY2 year contract with the Family medicine.

Keep in mind that you will start psychiatry PGY1 not PGY2, so restart from beginning and wasting one year of training (I mean not wasting but a delay of one year compared to the mainstream)

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