I did, and had a really odd impression. I mean certainly one I wasn't expecting. It was complete chaos, their presentation barely contained any useful info, candid resident let me know they have had a couple of PDs quit, another hinted they had no intentions if implementing the16 hr work day next year. The mingling session wad loud, chaotic, with residents more eager to grab food and leave.
I was reeeeally disappointed I really wanted to like it
There were two monstrous posts on this last year...look at last year's rank list help thread and this:Can any alum/current residents/ or current students or even other interviewees comment on this matter? It might help those of us that REALLY wanted to like this place. Especially based on their last year's fellowship match, which I think is very impressive.
There were two monstrous posts on this last year...look at last year's rank list help thread and this:
I'm not sure what specific matter you're looking for comment on - my general impressions, though, were that the clinical training was strong at BU and if you make the right connections (read: research) and/or have the right profile (read: MD/PhD or heavily published IMG) all options are open for fellowship - the cards match the last two years has been stellar and BU residents have a good reputation. The mission of the place is AWESOME if you're into urban underserved medicine, and I found the residents to be hilarious and witty, albeit with somewhat of a Harvard chip on their collective shoulder.
Negatives...The program and its design/leadership left something to be desired, and BU students seemed to prefer elsewhere for training as a whole per my conversations on the trail. I'll leave it to others to comment more directly.
uhh yes, can you please tell me where i am on the rank list?Hi all, wish I had seen this topic earlier. I am a current senior resident in the IM program at BU/BMC and would love to answer any questions (I'm assuming that you still have time to think about your rank lists). I apologize if any had poor impressions during their interview day here; I've had an exceptional time here, both in regards to clinical experience and personal contacts, and it saddens me that your first impression was off-putting.
I'd be happy to answer any questions, as I do feel that some of the information above is incorrect. (ie 'no intentions of implementing the 16 hr work rule'; this is an ACGME requirement, and to my knowledge, all programs MUST be compliant by July 1st, 2011.)
In regards to these new duty hour rules, I cannot answer any specific questions about the call schedules; we have a scheme that is close to being finalized, but it still needs a little more work.
I do love this program, but I am by no means trying to be a salesman. You need to find the program which is the best fit for you; you'll thrive most under these conditions. Hopefully I can give you a little more information to make this decision.
Feel free to PM me if you have any private/sensitive ?s.
Well, it is true that there are a ton of medicine programs at the level of BU, i.e. mid-tier type programs. So if you don't match there no biggie, even if you love Boston there are other IM programs that are equal to, or better, than BU.Hands down the worst place I've interviewed at.
Our resident said "well, I wish they treated us more humanely".
The residents I talk to were overworked and miserable. I wish I had skipped this interview!!!