SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Hello all, The consensus I get on the interview trail is that while MGH > BIDMC for categorical, BIDMC > MGH for prelim. However the justification is always the same: "it's easier". That being said, I'm not looking for an easy blow off "TY like" program as I want a strong foundation in internal medicine (not that BIDMC is an easy blow off year). My questions are: 1) Will one program make me a better PGY2 or do the programs produce equivalent residents (assume best effort on my part to take advantage of educational opportunities)? 2) Does the increased autonomy at MGH actually increase knowledge base or is it more of an experience builder? 3) Is MGH really "harder"? It seems as though the schedule is more demanding of interns (the Big teams). While I don't mind working the full 80 hr week and making personal sacrifices, I'm no masochist and don't need to subject myself to a poorer quality of life if there are no or only marginal benefits to MGH. Perhaps an HMS student could answer this best? Any input would be appreciated.