How To Complete The ABR Alternate Pathway As A Foreign Physician
I have completed my radiology residency from India in 2015 and I wish to pursue radiology residency in usa.
I am unsure of how alternate pathway for radiology.ABR website says one must have a mix of radiology residency /fellowships/faculty post for four continuous years.If residency itself is for a duration of 5 years ,how would it be possible to have a combination of residency and fellowship for 4 years?
Is it possible to get 4 fellowships consecutively at the same institute?
kindly help me in this regard.
Radiology residency is for a total of 4 years in the United States. Prior to beginning a radiology residency, you need to have an additional year of clinical internship, usually medicine, surgery, or a transitional year (a year of multiple electives). The expectation from the ABR is that you will either repeat an entire 4 year radiology residency program at the same place (not the initial clinical year). The other possibility is that you have the experience to complete part of a radiology residency program and complete subsequent radiology related fellowships. So, you could theoretically have any combination or permutation of experiences, i.e. 2 residency years and 2 distinct fellowship years, 4 fellowship years, and so on/so forth. As you stated, all the years need to be performed at the same institution.
There are some large institutions that do have more than 4 different types of fellowships. But, if you did attend a United States residency program, more commonly, the foreign resident/fellow would complete a 2 or more year fellowship instead of a typical one year fellowship. (Nuclear medicine, neurointerventional, and neuroradiology fellowships can be 2 or more years) As long as you complete the prescribed 4 years in a radiology related area, you can satisfy the requirement.
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