Monday, May 7, 2012

Changing Specialties and Physics Notecards

The other day someone asked a question that I am not really sure how to answer. The question was, after a doctor chooses a specialty and finishes a residency, 1) how often do they change their mind and pursue a different specialty, and 2) how easy/difficult is this to do? A follow-up was asked - how often do doctors change specialties after working in a specialty for a number of years?

Since I'm not yet to the point of having much experience or interaction with professionals in these situations, I wasn't sure of the answer. Instead of trolling the Internet rumor mills for second-hand guesses on the topic, I thought it would be a good chance to pose the question to some of my readers who might be a bit more up on that end of things. Thoughts? Feel free to respond via comment on this post, or on the Contact Me section if you're feeling more inclined to privacy...

For those of you waiting for more info on my MCAT digital notecards, I am currently working on getting the Physics cards bundled and online. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

MSIV soon to be DR! said...

It does not happen that often, but it does happen. It depends how far along you are in your training and what state the basically you have to reapply to a residency in the field that you want to practice. If you are in a residency program when you decide to transfer, you can often get at least 6 months of credit.

I will give a personal example. My chief resident next year was a surgeon for nearly 20 years. He developed a freak eye condition and now he feels that he does not have the depth perception that he needs for surgery. He applied to an FP program and was accepted with 9 months of applied credit. He will finish residency and then become board certified in FP. He is letting his Surgery board certification lapse.

It is a great question. Switching is not a fun thing to do because you lose your attending pay and head back to residency pay and hours. When you switch for the right reasons though, it makes all the difference.

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