Finding a Position

Rough Timeline

  • First Half of PGY5: determine whether or not you will pursue a fellowship
  • Second Half of PGY5: start a self-reflection process for job preferences. Start networking.
  • End of PGY5: Begin gathering information about job postings and availabilities. Continue networking.
  • Fall PGY6: Most academic programs use the CNS Annual meeting as the beginning of “recruitment season,” thus interviews are often scheduled during the fall/winter of 6th year
  • Spring PGY6: Job offers and negotiations, signing contracts

Job Preferences

  • Academic—research requirements and/or teaching responsibilities, working with medical students/residents, patient population (often referral centers/specialty care)
  • Private—group vs. individual practice, association with other departments (i.e., orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, etc.)
  • Government hospital setting—veteran population, access to resources not always available to civilian population
  • Small vs. large practice


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