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Hello Everyone! This is my first post so here goes....
I am interested in an OB/Gyn program that has happy residents and a good quality of life outside of residency. I understand OB/Gyn residency is hard and I am not asking for a cake walk. I want good experience but also a collaborative, open minded environment. I am applying all over right now but its hard to tell from websites what places are like. I am particularly interested in complementary and alternative medicine and Osteopathic manipulative medicine as they can be applied to women's health. As a D.O. I would love tips on allopathic programs that are open to D.O.'s as well. :thumbup:

Like I said, any where in the country is up for grabs. Let me know where the best programs are! :)

Thanks for the advice,
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Lets see what people have to post, however, in the mean time look back at older threads. There have been several with respect to D.O. friendly residencies as well as "humane" residency programs.

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From the looks of this post, there aren't any humanistic programs that people wanted to name... hmmmm... maybe if I revive it someone will mention somewhere.
 

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From the looks of this post, there aren't any humanistic programs that people wanted to name... hmmmm... maybe if I revive it someone will mention somewhere.

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It's a pretty odd question. There aren't many allopathic programs that are big into alternative/touchy-feely medicine. You may get some exposure, as it would be nice to have a knowledge base about things patients may be using, but it won't be a core focus in most places. So....I've got nothing.

As for a residency where people are happy?...definitely Northwestern. It's a pretty well known fact around here (which I didn't know about as an applicant last year) that we tend to be pretty coddled/protected. No getting screamed at in the OR. Not everyone reacts well to the "mean football coach" routine. The attendings are excellent teachers who are very patient with the residents, even interns doing their first c-section at 2:00am. We have a great call schedule, and our PD truly makes changes in the program based on the weekly feedback we give him.
 

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I love, love, love my program.

The culture: we are a happy and down-to-earth group of residents. We work really hard, but despite the normal resident fatigue, we are good to each other. We go out. We have fun. We laugh - a lot. Most importantly, life happens during residency (pregnancies, separations, health problems, family drama, etc...) and the culture is such that we support one another through it, without any resentment, without any questions. It's meaningful to know that with all the stress that residency comes with, you have a built-in social network you can fall back on.

It helps that our PD is super responsive to resident feedback and is wholeheartedly committed to making this the best program it can be.

I agree with DeaconMD2004 that finding an allopathic program with an alternative medicine slant is going to be difficult. One of our program's best asset is our Midwives. Our general L&D training is led by them. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn the midwife style of L&D as well as the OB/GYN style. It doesn't hurt that they serve as our moms away from home...

Hope that helps!
 
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