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Unfilled Residency Positions
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Sarah_Freeland]Sarah Freeland

Since the late 19th century, residency programs have been training doctors and surgeons with one thing in mind-patients.  Because you must have one in order to safely and successfully practice medicine, the world of residency positions is very competitive.  Residencies are also very difficult to complete.  In the early days of residencies, doctors actually lived at hospitals in order to put in the long hours.  Their work was considered earning their keep and they did not receive any pay.  Of course, no one does that today, but you still must have a residency if you want to become a doctor.  Read on for important information regarding landing a residency.

The best way to get a great unfilled residency position is to apply for one during your last year at medical school.  This is when the competition for residencies begins.  You will have to have good grades in order to get top positions, and you should be open to taking a residency anywhere if you want to be sure and get one.  Then you'll have to wait for Match Day, which is on the third Thursday of March each year, when you will find out where you will be serving your residency.

Many people will be turned down for their residencies for poor grades or just by chance.  If you were not successful securing an unfilled residency position after medical school, you do have another option.  Many hospitals and doctor's offices will offer residencies to individuals at the end of their internships.  This means that if you are able to find a good internship, and you work hard, you should be able to land a residency position after the allotted internship time.  This is a great option for those with a record of poor grades, because you can prove yourself outside the classroom setting.  This is also a good option for anyone who needs to take time off after medical school and before their residency training.

Now that you have secured an unfilled residency position, what can you expect?  The first thing to plan on is the long hours.  You can expect to work 18 hour shifts, with 12 hours off in between.  You will also most likely be required to be on-call at all times so that you can be utilized when the hospital is busier than normal.  A residency will last about 3 years, depending on what kind of doctor you want to be and you will get paid about $30, 000 to $50, 000 a year.  Of course, this will be a stressful and busy time in your life.  But once you have completed your residency, you will be ready to start your career.

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