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 Designated/Undesignated PGY1 programs?  



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disapproval Program vacancies at this time are hard to come by and when something pops up, you're hit flat on the face that the program is looking for a designated PGY1. I've got a couple of questions.

1. Why would programs looking for a preliminary PGY1 need to know whether an applicant is designated or not? Is it because they fear that the undesignated prelims would put too much presure on the other residents because they'd probably be "fighting" for a PGY2 slot?

2. I came across a program looking for only a designated PGY1 and one of the requirements is either a letter of intent or a signed PGY2 contract. What is a "letter of intent"? Is it a letter stating that you're planning to apply to another program or another specialty that you have no intentions of their PGY2 slot?

Thank you very much to all those who wld give their replies.
Goodluck to everyone who's joining the 2008 match.smiling face







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