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  • Rough Timeline

    • First half of PGY-5: Determine whether or not you will pursue a fellowship.
    • Second half of PGY-5: Start a self-reflection process for job preferences. Start networking.
    • End of PGY-5: Begin gathering information about job postings and availabilities. Continue networking.
    • Fall PGY-6: 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 PGY-6: 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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