It’s now getting closer and closer to when we will get to know the results of the matching program for internships or residencies. Here are just a few tips that I gathered from conversation with peers and interviews with the internship program directors…
- If you prefer the way of learning by constantly doing, probably private practice internship is the way to go as they tend to have a higher caseload and a faster pace than academia internship. If you like to have some downtime to think about or study for cases, academia internship may fit you better.
- Academia may offer more didactic training such as daily rounds, mortality and morbidity rounds, journal club, etc. However, there are also private practice internships that are very well-structured and have plenty of didactic training as well.
- There may be competition for cases between interns and residents. However, the competition does not always exist.
- We may have heard that if you want to do a residency then academia internship may be preferable as it provides more opportunities for conducting research. However, we do need to be realistic that there are only so many things we can do in just one year.
- Before making a decision, consider talking to current interns in the program as what they are experiencing now may be what you will encounter in the near future.
- As far as for mentorship, it really depends. It depends on how much emphasis the program puts on mentoring interns and also how actively that you are seeking for mentorship.
- When choosing programs, do not just look at their facility or number of boarded specialists. I believe many of us are also seeking a mentorship – do the same thing, talk to the current interns, pay attention to whether the specialist that you are interested in is working full-time or part-time.
- Whichever you choose, private practice or academia, internship is still an internship…it’s going to be a lot of hard work but ultimately you get out what you put into.