There are fewer than 200 days left to graduation, and my class is beginning the application process for our Internship positions next year. As Interns we will be the most junior of doctors, and to some extent still be considered to be “in training”, BUT we will be graduates earning real money (and with real responsibilities) – wahoo!
We don’t have a big program like the Match in the USA/Canada. Instead, we have to list our top five choices for Internship, with as many “motivating” factors as possible (people with kids and spouses in the area tend to get preference) and hope for the best. Each hospital has only a certain number of spots available for students from each med school, so it’s quite a strategic things as well.
If you don’t get placed in one of your first five choices, you get “second rounded” – and those are usually the spots left open that other people didn’t want. So the ideal is to avoid that scenario.
I know where I will be applying for my first choice, and I’m excited about it. There is a reasonably good chance that I will get it. It is my hometown, where I grew up and went to school, where I shadowed in the hospitals before deciding to study medicine, where I observed my first deliveries and where I did an elective. I do also have some motivating factors for my application.
But I do still have to write four other choices down, and I was wondering which factors should be taken into account. There isn’t really any other hospital I want to work at for Internship specifically, and as much as I have to write down four other choices, it would also be a very bad move to write a place down as a place-holder when I would hate to go there.
Please answer the polls below and tell me which (max 3) of these factors you would consider most. If you have the time or inclination, feel free to elaborate in the comments.
I look forward to hearing your responses! Whether you are a med student, a current final year, an Intern, a doctor long past Internship, or even in no way attached to the medical field, I am interested to see what people think.