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today is my first day and my first thread....
What are the categorical residency & what is prelim? Can anyone please tell me?
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Click on the Prelim-Year tag link at the bottom of the thread and you will find dozens of threads discussing your questions. Of those threads I highly recommend this one
What are Preliminary and Transitional Year Residencies?

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Categorical means you are matching directly into the program, while preliminary means you are entering into a 'pre' program that is required before starting certain types of residencies such as Radiology, Neurology, Anesthesia.
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