What is an unaccredited PGY-1?
An unaccredited PGY-1 is a preliminary residency year in which you do not receive credit. A resident in an unaccredited PGY-1 program will have the same responsibilities and experience as a resident in an accredited program, but after completing an unaccredited PGY-1 the medical school graduate must still complete an accredited PGY-1 before moving on to a PGY-2 position.
If I do not receive any credit how does it help my medical career?
Unaccredited PGY-1 positions are a great opportunity to enhance your clinical skills and gain valuable experience working as a resident. Although you do not receive credit for this year, Program Directors value the experience you will gain which could help offset any red flags on your application.
How do I know if I would benefit from a PGY-1?