I am only an intern but I have enjoyed it so far here at UTSW. I feel that many people seem to view the strong IM and Surg programs here as a negative thing for our EM program, but I feel that it has been good to learn from and work with strong residents from the other depts. I am curious as to what everyone has heard specifically about UTSW that brings about the thought that there is a lot of the ""****ing ER doc" or "screw EM" mentality around here b/c I have felt there has been good rapport and respect among the different programs (but I still have 2.5 yrs left here to analyze it further).
I have found the residents to be laid back and supportive. Although I have been hanging out primarily with other interns, the upper levels are cool to be around. They seem to hang out a lot together and with the nurses usually after a shift at a bar or restaurant. Everybody is pretty social outside of work (more so with the single residents than those with family and kids). There have been great pictures from those social events on powerpoint slides and great stories to tell at conference. I really do not think that "snootiness" or "gunners" are accurate descriptions of the residency here. Our program has plenty of residents who work hard, but everyone has seemed friendly and really strong I am confident that I will be well trained by the time I am the senior resident.
I have enjoyed the city of Dallas. The training is obviously strong with high acuity/busy EDs at Parkland and Children's. I have made lots of friends with my fellow EM and offservice interns. There are a good number of Texans in the program, but also plenty of residents from all over (see www.utswem.com
under "Meet the Residents" to see where each person is from and what colleges and med schools are represented).
Definitely feel free to PM me or post more questions about Dallas and the UTSW EM program.