I graduated PA in 2017 and have since been working in psych. I have a psych background and thought it would be a good fit, but after over a year in the field I know it is not where I want to be long-term. I am interested in switching to orthopedics, though have little background in ortho, and did not do an orthopedic rotation.
I am curious to hear from anyone who has transitioned to orthopedics from an unrelated specialty, with limited ortho background. Is this possible, how were you able to accomplish this, and how was the first 6 mo -1 year in practice? It is difficult to sell an interest in orthopedics with my background. In the few phone screenings I have had I talk about how the interest stems from suffering from sports injuries myself, some orthopedic shadowing I have done, how I enjoyed the OR during training, etc. However, it is so drastically different from psych that I am not sure I will have much success. The groups that have been willing to talk to me have been more rural and would require relocation within my state which would be fine with me. However, I would prefer not to move out of state at this time, so residences are not an option. I live in Minnesota, if anyone happens to have experience specific to this state.
I appreciate any thoughts or advise. Thanks!