• 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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