You are known as a resident once you have completed your internship and are employed in a hospital, but haven’t yet completed pre-vocational training. Once you have successfully completed your internship you qualify for full registration with the Medical Board in your state and can practice independently. Most people spend around two or three years working in residency as what are known as either ‘Junior Doctors’, ‘Resident Medical Officers’ (RMOs) or ‘PGY 1s and PGY 2s’ (Postgraduate years 1 and 2). During this time you learn more about being a doctor and decide where you would like to specialise. Many people choose to continue working in this area for their entire career as they enjoy the diverse working environment.
AIDA has a mentoring program for early-career doctors. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.