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Uncovering the Real Scoop on Residency Programs

posted Apr 21, 2015, 7:43 AM by Explore More   [ updated Jun 23, 2015, 9:04 AM ]

Not all residency programs are created equally, and it’s not easy to figure out what’s really going on until you are actually there. But there are some tips that can make the process a bit easier.

1. Talk to Residents: Talk to residents in the same program to get a full perspective. What you may find is that if residents are happy, that is the biggest indicator of what your experiences will be. Ask what the program is teaching them and how content they are with it. Also, try interviewing past residents who are now practicing physicians about their experiences.

2. Talk to Nurses: They see residents year in and year out and some of them have been there for a long time. They usually know the ins and outs of the hospital and may not be as hesitant to tell you what is really going on.

3. Interview a lot: It’s important to meet as many people as you can. That way you can compare program 
to program.

4. Rotate Through: If possible, rotate through to see how they are on a day-to-day basis.

5. Visit different departments: You can learn a lot about residencies via the attitude of different departments. For instance, find out what the ER residents think of family medicine residents.

6. Visit different sites: If the hospital has many sites, go to as many as you can to get a sense of culture and who they interact with patients.