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Fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine, can I get a fellowship in gynecologic oncology afterward?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Theoretically yes...

In practice, few if any physicians can endure 11 years of training and resident pay.
Additionally, most program directors would frown upon the switch in direction as a sign of personality imbalance and/or unpredictability and would be reluctant to hire you after the first fellowship without a very good reason. Given that both subspecialties are now quite competitive, i advise against trying this.

In brief: Theoretically yes...

In practice, few if any physicians can endure 11 years of training and resident pay.
Additionally, most program directors would frown upon the switch in direction as a sign of personality imbalance and/or unpredictability and would be reluctant to hire you after the first fellowship without a very good reason. Given that both subspecialties are now quite competitive, i advise against trying this.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Dr. Carol Major
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Fellowships

You can do a fellowship in a sub specialty after completing a 4 year residency in OB/GYN.
A fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine takes 3 years. A fellowship in Gynecological Oncology takes 3 or 4 years depending on the program. You can do a second fellowship after completing another fellowship.

In brief: Fellowships

You can do a fellowship in a sub specialty after completing a 4 year residency in OB/GYN.
A fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine takes 3 years. A fellowship in Gynecological Oncology takes 3 or 4 years depending on the program. You can do a second fellowship after completing another fellowship.
Dr. Carol Major
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Dr. Jonathan Song
Gynecology

In brief: Yes

These are 3-year fellowships a piece so after 4 yrs of medical school, 4 yrs of residency in ob/gyn, 3 yrs of a maternal fetal medicine, if you have the time, you can apply and complete another 3-year fellowship.
At some point in time however, you will need to make a living to pay off loans if you have any, and it would be difficult to maintain your certifications in two different fields.

In brief: Yes

These are 3-year fellowships a piece so after 4 yrs of medical school, 4 yrs of residency in ob/gyn, 3 yrs of a maternal fetal medicine, if you have the time, you can apply and complete another 3-year fellowship.
At some point in time however, you will need to make a living to pay off loans if you have any, and it would be difficult to maintain your certifications in two different fields.
Dr. Jonathan Song
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

In brief: Sure

You can do as much training as you want.
You just have to be accepted into a program for it.

In brief: Sure

You can do as much training as you want.
You just have to be accepted into a program for it.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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