Maybe someone has  heard of this story: This is an MD student who failed to match in residency.

While I disagree with the unmatched graduate faulting her program ( not sure what good will come of blaming the program that awarded the MD degree or any residency director) , I do agree with her that it is a very hard thing to bring up, and in states like Oregon that require 1 year of residency training (many states hold this true for DPM,,) I do not see why there hasn't been a viable one year option that counts for that 1 yr of residency training for podiatry at least. Not every graduating podiatrist should do surgery; there is still a need for other podiatric services. Or maybe I am wrong. 


Thoughts why this option will never come to fruition?

The story was also reported in the Portland Tribune. Below are links to her blog, and to the article.

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  • Sad story. The article raises two separate issues. One, the [in]ability to match to a residency program and two, the reason there are no 1 year programs in medicine or podiatry. The matching problem has been and beaten to the ground many times so I won't get into that again.

    The 1-year residency issue [lack of one] has to do with funding and though it does hurt a few [very few states still only require 1 year of residency] the reasons for it benefit the vast majority. I agree that someone who wants to have a pure 'C&C' practice has no need for 3 years of residency. However, the majority of all residency programs are funded through Medicare. Medicare rules state that they will only pay the costs associated with a residency up to amount required for Board Certification [this is my recollection at this minute, the exact criteria may be slightly different but the intent is the same].

    Hmmm. sorry, that' s not your question, is it? That answer is the reason all podiatry residencies are 3 years in length. To meet Board qualifications. Why not 1 year programs that only lead to licensure and not Board Certification? I'm sure the reason will be similar to the funding issue and I will guess that this topic has been discussed a bit in closed meetings, or maybe not. As i said very few states still only require 1 year of residency for a new license and while this is a big issue to those affected it only affects a few.  Not a good answer or reason I know,.but the likely answer non-the-less.

    Perhaps there are other insights into this beyond my measly musings.

    Dave Gottlieb, personal opinions only.