Originally Posted by Ankle Breaker
Thats nice and all but is the residency program you are coming from a top tier program? Don't you think that might have some influence on the kinds of jobs one can land out of residency?
Good question, and I have some thoughts on this now after going through the job process. I am at a very good program, but I think "top teir" is in the eye of the beholder. I will offer this as food for thought from my experiences. If you're looking to join a podiatry group, then the name of your residency program might play an influencial part in your job search, since the people hiring you are familiar with the podiatric residency programs, but when you're only applying to orthopaedic groups, as I did, they couldn't care less what the name of your residency program is. Ortho guys have not the slightest clue what a "big name, top teir" podiatric residency program is. The only thing they care about is what your surgical numbers are, what you can do, and who you trained with in the MD world. For example, my surgical numbers are extremely high, and my training includes working a ton with an MD fellowship-trained foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, along with numerous other orthos, and many DPMs. My letters of recommendation include an MD fellowship-treined foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon, along with other MD orthos and DPMs. I have more MD/ortho letters of recommendation than DPM letters of recommendation. These are the things that set you apart with orthopaedic groups, not the name of your residency program. There have been a lot of so-called "top 10" residency lists posted throughout these podiatry forums over the years, but rest assured that no orthopaedic group would recognize any of these podiatric residency programs by name. The only thing they care about are surgical numbers, what you can do, and who you trained with. I'm speaking only from my personal experience going through the job process, but this is also what I've observed during my time in residency. Just so no one assumes I'm the exception to the rule here, 6 out of our last 7 graduates from my residency program have all joined orthopaedic groups with similar situations to my own. This is how/why I picked my residency program, and it has worked out for me. To each their own, but hopefully this helps others in their initial search.