Tuesday, September 21, 2010

MiM Mailbag: Shared residency

Hi all!  I love your blog, and have already utilized so much of what I've learned from your posts.  I'm an M1 with a seven month old.  Although I am very far from making any decisions regarding specialty options, the fact that I will be deciding in the next couple years has been on my mind lately.  And while I know it shouldn't be the only factor I consider, I would be lying if I said that lifestyle wasn't an important player for me.  So, when I heard about the possibility of a shared residency, I became very curious (and even, yes, a little excited).  I am sure these things are few and far between, as well as incredibly competitive, and chock full of faults of their own, but what do you ladies think about them?  Anyone do one, or know someone who did?  I would love to know more about them, but am hesitant to ask people at my school, for fear that they'll make assumptions about me. Thank you!

19 comments:

  1. I have never heard of a shared residency, sorry. Good luck!

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  2. Here's some information about matching into one:

    http://www.nrmp.org/res_match/special_part/us_seniors/shared_residency.html


    Hope this helps!
    -A Medical Librarian

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  3. do you both spend twice as long in residency then? That would kind of suck... (coming from a R2 who is desperate to get into the real world)

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  4. Having gone through residency with 3 little ones I would opt to pick a specialty that was family friendly. I imagine it would be frustrating taking longer to finish even with every other month off. It really depends on your support system and financial considerations.

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  5. I am a MS 3 and the mommy of a 3 three year old. I have also been considering doing a shared residency (in pediatrics). I have a friend who shared a residency in Family Medicine. Over the course of the past year I have been speaking with her and the residency director at my school about my options. It seems that you have to get kind of creative as not many people try to match with a partner. Finding a partner is one of the biggest obstacles. I think it is possible and would love to get any ideas about how to connect with other interested students.

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  6. Anon- thank you so much for the information! It was really helpful.
    I'm not really sure how much longer you'd have to train. I'm hoping to find out though.
    Mandie- please come back and post how it works out and if you have any advice about any part of the process. Thanks everyone!

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  7. Mandie- I was wondering if you found out anything. I have 2 little ones at home and am staying at home with them. I'm interested in doing a shared residency. Let me know what you think and/or know.

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  8. Hi everyone, I'm the mother of two and I am looking for someone who would be interested in sharing an Internal Medicine residency with me in Baltimore. My husband is a PGY-2 in Baltimore, so I have to stay in the area. There is one program, Johns Hopkins Bayview, that advertises that they offer such positions, but I'm willing to apply to all the imed programs in the city and see if any program directors would also be interested. We have health insurance through his program, so if there is an issue with benefits, I'm fine with the other person taking them.

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    1. Hi Mandy,
      Just wondering if you are open to applying in other parts of the country. If you can work for 1 yr part-time, could your husband join you perhaps?

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    2. I am interested in talking to you. Please email me at aruna.hawkins@gmail.com.

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  9. Mandy,
    My name is ironically also Mandie. I am trying to do a shared residency in peds starting in 2013 (see above). It does not sound like we would be a good match for each other but I would love to share ideas. If you would like to chat please shoot me an email at wiebersj@ohsu.edu.
    Mandie

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  10. I am still trying to figure out all of the logistics of the shared residency. I am Mandie, from above, who is trying to share a peds residency in 2013. Apparently you apply under one AAMC number so essentially you match as one person. It is up to the partner team to work out the details with each program individually. I now have information on 3 pairs who have done this over the past 15 years. The pair I know the most about spent 5.5 years in their family med residency working 3 days on 4 days off. Other programs may require working one month on one month off or biweekly. I don't think there are any set rules. The pay is 1/2, as you would expect, and the partner pair have to work out some sort of agreement on splitting benefits. Beyond this I have no more information. Please let me know if anyone else knows anything beyond this.
    Also doctorofthechurch, how is your search going?

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  11. I am still looking for a peds shared residency partner to start in 2013 or 2014. Please let me know if there is any mommy out there who is interested.

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  12. Hello,
    I am interested in a partner for a shared residency in Internal med/ Family Medicine in NJ for 2013 match. If anyone knows of someone interested or a good way to find a partner please let me know. Thanks!

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  13. Dr. Mommy,
    I wish there was a better way to connect partners. You can also try MomMD.com. I will keep my eyes and ears open for you.
    Mandie

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  14. I am looking for a partner for a shared FM/IM residency. I am willing to look into Peds if IM/FM does not work out. I will be graduating in 2013, looking to move to the Colorado/Oregon/Massachusetts. I am quite flexible with location and benefits because my husband works out of home.
    chronicStudent

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    1. Chronic student
      I am from Colorado, live in Oregon,
      and want to go into peds. We should definatly talk.
      Mandie from above
      wiebersj@ohsu.edu

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  15. I posted at mommd, hoping to connect other people who are searching for a partner. If you're interested, add your info to the post and maybe we can all find someone! I'm going to try to connect it to sdn as well, so that anyone who's looking will be directed to the same place.

    http://www.mommd.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/85440/If_you_re_interested_in_a_shar#Post85440

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  16. Here are the NRMP's rules about it:
    http://www.nrmp.org/res_match/special_part/us_seniors/shared_residency.html

    and here's a post at sdn:
    http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=921963

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