OK so I just left Kansas City AAFP residency convention, what have I learned?
Here's how a lot of it went:
"Hello I'm an FMG looking for................." Oh you may want to go to over there we usually do not match FMG's, last one was about 9 years ago I think from Puerto Rico ( not an FMG then).
"Hello I'm and FMG, I graduated in 2011...................." Oh sorry you must have graduated in the past 2 years, try that booth over there.
"Hello I'm an FMG, I graduated in 2011 looking for a great Family Medicine residency to mach in." Great let me get your name and we will send you information. "What is your criteria for application?" "Graduation i past 5 years, Board scores of 220 or higher 1st attempt........" Oh my scores are just under 200, I past all three steps but not on first attempt." Oh have you thought of doing something else? There are so many things you can do with your life.
My favorite response was the group from Michigan: " Is your school on the California list? " No has the licensure law changed in Michigan? "No but it might so unless your school is on the list we will not consider you."
I hate what is going on in medicine, its not about finding the right people its about finding the board score and the AMG.
Only a few programs I talked to said they would pull my application since they talked to me. I was honest, I past all three steps but not with high scores, I have had a hard road but believe I still can make a difference and work hard. I love medicine and patients.
I'm just asking for a spot and chance to finish a residency and serve a community.
If just one or two of those programs give me that interview then I know I have a shot and I will make the best of it.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
In two more days I'll be in Puerto Rico to interview for a residency there.
The residency is an Internado. This is a one year non ACGME residency to be licensed as a General Practice physician in Puerto Rico.
There are at least a dozen hospitals in Puerto Rico who have these residencies.
The residencies start in July and January each year.
Some pay a small stipend like 500 to 1000 a month and others pay nothing.
One must do what I did, take a trip to Puerto Rico and apply at the hospitals all over the island.
They programs want 3 main things: USMLE steps 1,2 and CS completed. The applicant to speak at least basic Spanish and the applicant willing to stay and practice medicine in Puerto Rico.
I'm to stay and practice, Yo hablar espanol and I have already passed step 3.
So I'm pretty hopeful.
You want more details on Internados in Puerto Rico find Residency Ready Physicians on Face book and ask to join.
Update to follow next week.