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    khanmd is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Taking a year off after IM residency

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    Hi guys, I'm so confused with my life

    I am about to start 3rd year next month and its time to look for jobs/apply for fellowships. I'm really interested in endocrine but I'm so tired of being in training and not having time off to do whatever I want. I don't want to work as a hospitalist or primary care because I'm on a J1 visa so I need a waiver and if I start working i'll be stuck in that waiver job for 3 years. Also, Im from canada and want to go back as my husband and family are there.

    My question is: I really want to take a year off after I graduate is that normal? has anyone ever done that? Plan to have a kid etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by khanmd View Post

    My question is: I really want to take a year off after I graduate is that normal? has anyone ever done that? Plan to have a kid etc
    I think you will obviously lose momentum but it's not impossible! You obviously need that year to put your family situation first which is most important! In addition, get board certified in general internal medicine and perhaps even licensed in Canada! I agree endocrinology is a great track but so is cardiology and gastroenterology. Perhaps the year off will give you time to home in on the fellowship of your choosing? Hopefully, you will get some more input, especially from those on work visas. It's not easy to get back on the saddle with immigration/work visas, etc. in the USA nowadays! Seriously, best of luck!

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    There is no right answer. I would think it is very hard to take a year off in the middle of training and continue to fellowship. I have had friends that worked for a year then started fellowship.

    I assume your family is in Canada. Could you get into a fellowship in Canada? Anyway your husband can join you in the US if you go that route? I’m from Canada and did a US fellowship, my significant other came with me and it was great.


    Quote Originally Posted by khanmd View Post
    Hi guys, I'm so confused with my life

    I am about to start 3rd year next month and its time to look for jobs/apply for fellowships. I'm really interested in endocrine but I'm so tired of being in training and not having time off to do whatever I want. I don't want to work as a hospitalist or primary care because I'm on a J1 visa so I need a waiver and if I start working i'll be stuck in that waiver job for 3 years. Also, Im from canada and want to go back as my husband and family are there.

    My question is: I really want to take a year off after I graduate is that normal? has anyone ever done that? Plan to have a kid etc
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    Can you study for the Canadian exams? I know it'll be extra work but if you want to be with your husband and family that's probably the best option.

    As well, I don't think taking a year off after you graduate is a significant red flag but make sure you do something productive with your time like research. Some residency programs really question you on what you did since graduating medical school.

    Also, I could be wrong but it seems you are pretty burnt out from training. Remember residency is just more training...I think you should speak to your program director and or a therapist to work through your burnout.

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