I am not a staff yet but a current resident over halfway through who matched well objectively to a medical specialty. However, the specialty is a poor fit for me and I have tried to transfer out twice but unfortunately lack of funding in general and speculatively the unmatched initiative and the funding it used last year have prevented that/university politics. Nothing amiss on my record and the PD locally just is not able to accommodate applications due to funding allocations.
Medicine and residency matching and staff work may work for many people but it’s an inherently inflexible field. The lack of flexibility is something I find quite challenging because I initially went into medicine because I thought it would offer that. Maybe it still does in family medicine, but it seems to not be in most specialties.
Generally the transfer process available is disheartening. Now I feel stuck in a field that will require me to do the never ending slog of fellowship, masters, perpetual education likely with a job in a location I don’t want to live in with poor job propspects for my partner along with the possibility I need to move to the States. Maybe I was naive when I matched but staff in the specialty had not endorsed that as the future in their program, perhaps because it was not Ike that for them.
Truly the process has been really disheartening. I have had medical students on the carms tour ask us about how residency transfers work, and though I (and likely many other current residents) cannot be public about how I have tried to transfer, I feel like we should be very clear about how most transfers do not succeed. We only hear the success stories. Honestly, this whole situation has been very discouraging for me and sometimes it’s hard to continue on, knowing how badly I don’t want to be there and don’t want to be in this path.
The system is so inflexible with our tuition debt, the match, with transfers, and unfortunately with job availability after residency and fellowships and whatnot. People need to be aware of these issues before they commit themselves for a lifetime.
Ps: if any residents read this who are interested in transfers, I’m happy to chat about my experience as well as some of my friends’ experiences over PM.