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Tritonesub
01-25-2006, 07:01 PM
I am a St. Chris graduate and am having difficulty choosing between different residencies. I was just wondering if anyone had any advice on how they chose their residency and what factors are really important in the end. Does it really matter if its a community hospital or university program? What role do work hours play? etc.

Any comments appreciated.

neilc
01-25-2006, 10:45 PM
it just comes down to what you think is important.

in my case, i wanted to live in a decent town, within driving distance to a coast for my rare weekends off. close to family was a consideration. pay relative to cost of living was a consideration.

as far as program factors, i felt it was important to imagine where i wanted to be after graduation, and look at what the program offered. so, do you see yourself in a fellowship, or in the community working after graduation? if fellowship, go academic, with some research availability. if straight to work, go somewhere that will give you high volume of the stuff that you will be doing on a day to day basis. for me, i wanted to be well trained to go straight to work, so i wanted a lot of the basics. a good consideration is exposure to specialists...if you are going into the community, it is nice to have the subspecialists teaching you the tricks of all the different trades. if you are going to BE a sub specialist, in say REI, then you really won't need great urogyn training during residency, as an example.

other program factors are more "touchy-feely". did you like the residents? does the teaching philosophy match your learning style? do you like small or big?

i tried to be practical. number one went to training. will i finish and be well trained to do what i think i want to be doing was the most important question. after that i gave equal weight to geography, pay/cost of living and "feel" of the program.

best of luck with a tough choice! as one PD said "it is like getting engaged after a first date".

bts4202
01-26-2006, 01:21 PM
I agree with neilc's post 100% (i know, it is shocking :D )

If you want a fellowship, go to a unviersity based place if possible or at least a place that has the fellowship that you want on site. If you do not want fellowships, then you can decided based on all the other factors neil mentioned, inculding the touchy feely ones (i like that description)

Tritonesub
01-26-2006, 03:58 PM
Thanks for the advice. I guess the match is just a scary process. I have places that said they would rank me high if i told them i would rank them high. But most of those are at places i would rather not go to. If i gamble and rank the ones that i want to go to, i'm afraid i may end up not matching for anything.

butters
01-26-2006, 05:52 PM
Thanks for the advice. I guess the match is just a scary process. I have places that said they would rank me high if i told them i would rank them high. But most of those are at places i would rather not go to. If i gamble and rank the ones that i want to go to, i'm afraid i may end up not matching for anything.

could u then post match at those places that would want to rank u high?

Tritonesub
01-26-2006, 06:09 PM
Possibly if they dont end up filling some how. Most of these places rank like 100+ plus candidates so that they are assured of filling.

neilc
01-26-2006, 08:04 PM
just be sure to rank places in the true order you want to go. don't manipulate your list.

if you need to tell everyone that you are ranking them highly, do it. the match is a rough process, and people are selling themselves. i would avoid saying outright that you are ranking places number one unless you are, but if you use vague terms like "ranking highly" and just send enthusiastic vibes that you would love to match there, that is just part of the game.

Tritonesub
01-26-2006, 10:10 PM
Thanks everyone for your advice, I hope everything goes well.

butters
01-27-2006, 03:32 PM
I hope it goes well. Good luck!







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