Originally Posted by Alastriss
hey VanMD, 2 questions.
1) what is a transitional year? I have been seeing this everywhere, both on SGU and on US med school match lists
2) my friend said that it looks like sgu students will be able to do rotations in canada, can you confirm this?
1) Transition year for IM or Surgery is for people who are applying for PGY2 residencies (ie. Rad Oncology, Dermatology, plastic surgery, Anasth, etc...). They have to do one year (PGY1 in another specialty before they can start their intended specialty.
In the past (I think it was the case) MD that do transitional year can be licensed as General physicians. This is no longer an option so it doesn't matter anymore.
Now transitional year residency are being used for those who did not match in the categorical residency (complete residency). This gives them the chance to do something while they are waiting for next match cycle and to get experience, make connection, etc... Also rarely there are PGY2 spots open that they can apply to.
2a) SGU students can do up to 3 months elective rotations in Canada. They are called out of network rotations. The problem is we have to pay for them and some places like BC will not allow up to rotate there. South western Ontario and east coast are the most open to visiting IMG students.
2b) We are trying to make a big rumble to get SGU to sign collaborations with Canadian Universities to allow us to rotate in Canada (in network rotations, AKA affiliated with SGU). They say they are working on it, but still no results. There are rumors that a small group of student will be doing Psych in Canada this coming year (we will see about this). Also rumors that Family med may be done in Canada in the coming year, but I believe that rumor died.