Negotiating Medical Residency Withdrawal

By the time a medical graduate enters medical residency, the graduate has invested an enormous amount of time, effort, and money toward entering the medical profession. Medical residency is not the time, indeed, it's the worst time to fall off the career track. A post-graduate medical residency in the graduate's chosen specialty field should be a crowning achievement, not the undoing of the graduate's career. Yet suffering dismissal from a residency program can threaten everything for which the medical graduate has worked. Fortunately, options may exist to avoid a residency dismissal. Withdrawing from the residency instead of suffering dismissal can be by far the better course. Yet negotiating an effective withdrawal often takes special sensitivity to the graduate's interests and the school's concerns. If you face dismissal from your medical residency, retain national academic administrative attorney advisor Joseph D. Lento of the Lento Law Firm to help you negotiate an effective withdrawal. Preserve your opportunity to gain another residency and license in your chosen professional field.

Medical Residency's Role in Licensure

Medical school graduates typically enter post-graduate residency programs expecting to qualify for medical board licensure in the residency field. But medical graduates must also have state licensure to practice medicine at all, never mind their hoped-for specialty licensure and field. Medical graduates could qualify immediately for state licensure, having completed the necessary step exams. But the American Medical Association explains in a recent