SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hello all- I am set to graduate in July '11 and need an honest answer from those of you who have been done for a while. Do new grads ever take jobs at outpatient surgery centers (instead of hospitals)....i'm looking at jobs and there are a lot of surgery centers in the washington, dc area hiring but fewer hospitals. Is it a bad idea to have your first job at an outpatient surgery center...i'm assuming the patients are generally healthier, ASA I-II. Part of me says i should start out doing tougher cases in a hospital setting out of residency...the surgery centers are M-F, no nights, no weekends, no call. I'm assuming they pay less for the given lifestyle but i have not asked about salary. Is this just a really bad idea out of Anesthesia residency???? Thanks for your help!