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Preliminary ResidentsWe have 9 Preliminary Residents per year. These are distributed between the PGY-1 and PGY-2 year. This track is quite competitive, as we have had great success placing qualified, accomplished preliminary residents into categorical positions both here and at other institutions. Preliminary and categorical residents have almost identical rotations schedules. In the last few years, we have placed preliminary residents into categorical surgical positions at Einstein, University of West Virginia, University of Vermont, Stamford Hospital, Mercy Fitzgerald, Conemaugh Health System, and NY Metropolitan Hospital. Residents have also successfully obtained categorical positions in Anesthesiology, Radiology, and Internal Medicine.
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A General Surgery resident shares her experience and explains how her expectations have been met through her first two years within Einstein Medical Center's Department of Surgery Residency.