Finding a Position
- 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
- 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