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  1. Dear Anthony,
    Is it possible for an Intern (PGY1) to transfer to a different hospital once they have commenced? What are the steps you would recommend? Thank you.

    1. Hello generally this does not occur very often.
      Even if a position opened up at another hospital you would not be able to ask to fill this. Its too disruptive.
      There maybe special circumstances, in which case you would generally raise this with your Director of Training at your current site.
      An example of a special circumstances might be having to move locations to look after a sick family member.

  2. Hi Anthony,

    This may seem like a silly question but I am struggling to find the answer online. I’m aware that once an internship has begun it must be completed within 3 years. However, I’m wondering if after medical school if you have not started your internship, would this affect your future ability to begin an internship? I understand it may limit options when applying for an internship location, getting a position etc but I’m wondering would it make your MBBS redundant?

    Thanks for any help!

    1. Hi Ellie
      Not a silly question.
      I have also looked for an official answer to this question and there does not appear to be one on the Medical Board website.
      If you waited more than 3 years you would be affected by the recency of practice rules. But the effect of these is that you need to return to work supervised (which is what internship is anyway).
      You may find in some jurisdictions that they will no longer guarantee you a place.
      I myself took a year off after completing medical school and it is one of the best decisions I ever made.
      However, I would not advise deferring more than a year if you intend to use your degree at any stage in the future.

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