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ivanpriest
01-18-2012, 05:07 PM
Hi what are the differences between
clerkship, residency, internship, and postgraduate medical training.
Are they just interchangeable terms?

Dr Coconut
01-18-2012, 10:07 PM
No.

Clerkship - your 3rd & 4th yr rotations in hospitals. IM, Surg, OBGYN, etc. Often described as "rotations".
Residency - your initial step in post-graduate medical training. This starts with your 1st year (internship) and proceeds for another 1+ years, depending on the program and the country in which you match. Following this, you may enter a fellowship (I added that in anticipation of a follow-up question).

Hope that helps explains the many terms.

ivanpriest
01-19-2012, 12:26 AM
No.

Clerkship - your 3rd & 4th yr rotations in hospitals. IM, Surg, OBGYN, etc. Often described as "rotations".
Residency - your initial step in post-graduate medical training. This starts with your 1st year (internship) and proceeds for another 1+ years, depending on the program and the country in which you match. Following this, you may enter a fellowship (I added that in anticipation of a follow-up question).

Hope that helps explains the many terms.

Your answer is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you.
And kudos for going above and beyond :clapover:







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