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    nursegonedoc is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Carribbean and resdicency in Family

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    I am nurse thinking of going into family nurse practitioner. But, I was thinking how competitive is it to get into a family practice residency if i decided to go to medical school. They do the same thing (doctor with even more authority) but the MD makes a lot more and is more respectable (in some/most cases). I will most likely attend a medical school in the carribbean. What kind of scores are needed for Family residency?

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    75/75 (182/182) on Step 1 and Step 2

    Just pass the USMLEs. You will easily get a Family spot even if you have to take Step 1 and Step 2 5 times each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursegonedoc View Post
    I am nurse thinking of going into family nurse practitioner. But, I was thinking how competitive is it to get into a family practice residency if i decided to go to medical school. They do the same thing (doctor with even more authority) but the MD makes a lot more and is more respectable (in some/most cases). I will most likely attend a medical school in the carribbean. What kind of scores are needed for Family residency?

    Family isn't very competitive there are a number of programs out there and they don't fill- so so long as you pass your steps you will be ok.
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    family practice is a carib favorite. by that i mean, everyone gets in. US students won't touch it with a 100 foot pole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popozao View Post
    family practice is a carib favorite. by that i mean, everyone gets in. US students won't touch it with a 100 foot pole.
    now that's not true- and the FP programs out west are actually harder to get into than the east coast ones- and they tend to be more US grads, but again, just like IM, there are lots of residency spots and not all fill.
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    are IM programs similar to FP in terms of competitiveness in the east coast?

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    not true

    Quote Originally Posted by popozao View Post
    family practice is a carib favorite. by that i mean, everyone gets in. US students won't touch it with a 100 foot pole.


    take a gander at the distribution of residencies at ANY US school and you will see most people end up in primary care.....simply put it is because primary care has by far the most slots. there are plenty of slots so its not competitive but saying US grads aren't filling them because of some aversion to primary care is inaccurate....unless everyone at yale and harvard is a neurosurgeon double boarded in dermatology you will see about 30-50% in each school in primary care which is only slightly lower than foreign schools.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrod View Post
    but saying US grads aren't filling them because of some aversion to primary care is inaccurate
    Consider this press release from the 2006 Match - http://www.nrmp.org/2006pressrelease.pdf. Here is a key excerpt -

    Interest in some primary care specialties has decreased in recent years. Mixed results from this year’s Match data show possible shifts in that trend:
    • Although there were 50 fewer family practice positions available through the Match this year (continuing a 5-year decline), 85 percent of those positions were filled—up from 82 percent last year. While only 41 percent of those were filled by U.S. medical school seniors, this represents a slight increase (of 6 more individuals) from last year.

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    for sure

    But why spend this much money on education and get a FM job that pays 100000 ok maybe a little but more.

    I want Surgery, Urology, Dermotology.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popozao View Post
    family practice is a carib favorite. by that i mean, everyone gets in. US students won't touch it with a 100 foot pole.
    not according to quite a few us med students that i rotated with
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