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Old 07-15-2013
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Help Applying to two different specialities

Hello Guys,

I hope you are doing well, I have a question and I need your help.

I'm applying to general surgery and Internal medicine I know it might sound stupid but although I prefer surgery i dont mind getting internal medicine.
I have letters for each speciality but my questions are:

1- is it safe to apply to medicine and surgery in the same hospital ?

2- how to explain my Observerships in Medicine to a Surgical program ?

3- How to explain My Observerships in Surgery to a Medical program?

4- Should I be honest and tell the truth or just keep it to myself ?

I need your help and answers to these questions.

Thank you very much in advance.
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Old 07-21-2013
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That's why I strongly discourage people from applying to two different specialties.

You need to focus on one specialty and gear your USCE, LoRs, CV, PS, ..etc toward that specialty.

See what I replied here
Back up Specialty?

A possible trick to escape the dreaded question "why did you do other specialty observership", you can say "I wanted to get acquainted with the US Health Care System regardless of specialty. I wanted to see IM and surgery and see which one I like to do in US".

Yes. It's safe to apply to Surgery and IM in the same hospital, they won't know that you applied to each other.

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