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Old 08-09-2013
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Curriculum Vitae Would PHD Help!

Some questions about residency?

1- does phd increase our chance to get compitetve residencies like surgery?
And what are advantages and disadvantages?

2- I hear many docs talk about postdoctoral fellowship and the benefits in residency , can anyone explain this point?

3- whats about surgery aftet IM residency, its possible?

4- what are tips to get surgical specialities in US ( steps scores, USCR, research. ..etc?

Thanx for ur time....:-)
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Old 08-16-2013
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1) PhD:
Pros-will definitely help in matching for any specialty, but you need to be able to integrate how your PhD followed by residency fits into your overall career goals. Just a random PhD won't help.
Cons- It will take around 3-4 years atleast for completing PhD, and that would significantly increase your years since graduation. Most programs prefer candidates fresh out of medical school.

2) Research (not clinical) PDF can be done right after medical school. But you need J1 visa sponsor and funding for that, and finding both is difficult. But if you can do a fellowship (in a relevant field) it will definitely help.

3) I am not very clear on this, but from what I have heard, ACGME sponsors only one residency. So if you want to do another residency after first, the department has to fund the whole residency, and thus most departments won't prefer such candidates.

4) I am sure everyone knows the answer to this question, but anyways here goes
- Try to get the best scores possible, especially step 1 (>250+ should be good.
- Try to get hands-on USCE, which means, clerkships and externships are better than observerships. Especially if done in university hospitals.
- Again, research in university hospitals with well known faculty that can generate publications would be good.
- Also, try networking as much as possible. Helps in getting interviews.
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