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Hey guys!

I will be applying for a residency this September and I have a doubt regarding one point in my application.

Aside from an M.D. degree I have a BA (Bachelor's) degree in management (focused on healthcare management but it's not an MPH degree). At some point I studied medicine and management simultaneously.
Having read different opinions on how PDs read and interpret our applications I have some doubts:is it actually a good idea to put info about that BA degree in my application (as AMGs have 'minors' in other fields than medicine and it's perfectly understandable in their education system) or could it harm my application as PDs might think I am not commited to clinical medicine (which I could hopefully easily proof wrong showing my research experience and a fact that I'm enrolled in IM residency program in my home country and never had any gaps in my medical career).

I realize no one can give me a final answer. I would apperciate your opinions though.
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Guys, I would really appreciate your opinion
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Definitely, mention it.

A diverse experience and multiple degrees is something awesome and all PDs will like it (no exception).

PDs do not like if you are have for example (FM and Surgery experience), surgery people will not take you because they'll see the FM experience and FM people will not take you because they'll see the surgery experience.

But in your case, a management degree, that's completely different story.

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Definitely, mention it.

A diverse experience and multiple degrees is something awesome and all PDs will like it (no exception).

PDs do not like if you are have for example (FM and Surgery experience), surgery people will not take you because they'll see the FM experience and FM people will not take you because they'll see the surgery experience.

But in your case, a management degree, that's completely different story.

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Hello Sabio...
I did residency in ophthalmology from my home country. I am interested in neurology. Does it going to affect my chances of getting into the Neurology??
Thanks in advance.
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Hello Sabio...
I did residency in ophthalmology from my home country. I am interested in neurology. Does it going to affect my chances of getting into the Neurology??
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Yes. It will affect your chances negatively.

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Yes. It will affect your chances negatively.

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Oh Ok..I didn't know that. Then What should i do if this is the scenario? Is there any other options to overcome this problem?
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Oh Ok..I didn't know that. Then What should i do if this is the scenario? Is there any other options to overcome this problem?
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It can be ameliorated by showing them that you are now really interested in Neurology and that you have changed your career path.
You can do that by doing Neurology USCE and get Neurology LoRs.

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It can be ameliorated by showing them that you are now really interested in Neurology and that you have changed your career path.
You can do that by doing Neurology USCE and get Neurology LoRs.

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one more related question Sabio
i did my residency training in forensic medicine
is it going to be helpful for Pathology ?
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It can be ameliorated by showing them that you are now really interested in Neurology and that you have changed your career path.
You can do that by doing Neurology USCE and get Neurology LoRs.

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Thanks a lot Sabio. Appreciated
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Definitely, mention it.

A diverse experience and multiple degrees is something awesome and all PDs will like it (no exception).

PDs do not like if you are have for example (FM and Surgery experience), surgery people will not take you because they'll see the FM experience and FM people will not take you because they'll see the surgery experience.

But in your case, a management degree, that's completely different story.

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Thank you Sabio. I really appreciate your reply

My medical career is consistent - residency in one specialty with research experience in one of its subspecialties. So there's no red flag here
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