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How would you suggest finding the best residency
Program Director 1 Response
There is no one answer. Do you want to be a clinician, a
researcher, an educator or perhaps work in industry with your MD?
Do you want big or small, north or south, urban or rural? You need
to examine your priorities first. Then start looking for a match.
Word of mouth, the internet, graduates from your school, are all
good resources to find what is right for you.
Program Director 2 Response
There is no such thing as the best residency program; you have to
look for programs that would be the best fit for you. As you screen
for programs to apply to, consider you preference for geography,
size of program (both large and small programs have advantages),
patient demographics, career plans (primary care, hospital
medicine, fellowship, research). During the interview day a very
important factor to assess is how happy the residents in the
program seem to be.
Program Director 3 Response
Learning about available residencies has been a challenge ever
since I was a medical student. I recall thinking at the time that
it was much easier to decide which college and medical school to
apply to, than to determine which residencies to apply to. Medical
students are often at the mercy of their advisors and mentors, who
do not have first-hand knowledge of the various potential programs.
I recommend seriously considering geographical preferences. Many
residents stay at the same general location as their residency for
further training or for practice. The relationships that are built
during residency with practicing physicians, faculty, and the local
community make it often a seamless transition from training to
fellowship or to practice. Once the geographical preferences are
established, the student can research the available residencies in
that area by reviewing their websites, their descriptions listed by
the ACGME, and informal reviews from faculty and current residents.
Former medical students from the same medical school who are now
training at the program under consideration can provide important
insights and perspectives. I recommend speaking with as many
faculty as possible, including those at affiliated community
hospitals, to gain their opinions on specific residency programs.
If you are uncertain about a program, I recommend applying to the
program. The interview process gives the student the opportunity to
visit a diversity of programs and meet a variety of faculty. You
can learn a lot more at the residency program by talking to both
residents and faculty. Come Match Day, you do not want to have
regrets. You will want to have visited enough different types of
programs and institutions to know that the program in which you
will train is the one that you actively selected.
Program Director 4 Response
First, identify those factors that will help reduce the universe of
programs so you don't have to read all of their websites. Do you
have geographic limitations? Do you have a definite preference
between university and community programs, or between small and
large programs? Is there any other strict criteria that will help
you limit your search (cities where a spouse could find a job,
programs that have strengths in an area of possible subspecialty
interest) One applicant told me he only wanted to visit cities with
his political leanings. After cutting down your list in this way,
it should be easier to read through remaining websites so you learn
more about what different residencies have to offer and what
catches your attention.
Program Director 5 Response
It is really preference as to what suits the individual and
geographic considerations. If someone is looking for special
experiences like research, primary care tracks or more experiences
that would help them with fellowship decisions, then they should
select a program accordingly. The best program would be one that
allows that individual to shine and grow. If you pick a program
that doesn't match your personality or career goals, it will be
very hard to be successful and happy.
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