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Notes from interview day (2015-16 season):

Overall: Strong program for residency training with a lot of exposure to sick patients--no obvious deficits. Impressive fellowship match list. Main turn off for most is likely the location/traveling.

PROS:
  • strong fellowship match (c/o 2016: ~80% fellowship, c/o 2015: ~60% fellowship)
    • Brigham (crit. care)
    • Children's National (peds)
    • Columbia (crit. care, transplant)
    • Hopkins (peds, regional, pain)
    • Mt. Sinai (crit. care, pain)
    • NYU (regional)
    • Jefferson (peds)
    • Iowa
    • Pittsburgh (peds, Ob, regional)
    • Virginia Mason (regional)
    • Yale (Ob)
  • great patient demographics
    • SICK patients: highest "case mix index" among all US teaching hospitals (a measure of pt population's degree of sickness/acuity)
    • wide catchment area: 7 counties (from as far north as Albany and as far south as Bronx's Montefiore)
    • Level 1 trauma/burn
  • liver transplants
  • 100% pass on BASIC and written boards in 2014 and 2015
  • 2 in-house generalists every night while on call
  • almost always relieved by 1700
  • call is 24hrs max
  • reportedly good relationship with surgical departments/personnel
  • vacation can be scheduled in any way (days or weeks)
  • supportive and approachable PD
  • residents seemed happy and also verbally confirmed that they are happy

TOSS UP:
  • advanced only
  • CA-1 call: 5-6/month, CA-2 call: 4-5/month, CA-3: 3-4/month
  • no fellowships
  • exposure to more than 1 facility:
    • Metropolitan (CA-1: 4 months, CA-2: 2 months, CA-3: 2 months)
    • Danbury (CA-1: 2 months, CA-2: 2 months, CA-3: 3 months)
    • Mt. Sinai (CA-2: 1 month for pain)
  • new management
    • 14-15 new faculty recently added from summer 2015-spring 2016 (most trained at Cornell or Columbia)
    • during interview, residents were very happy about this change
  • 1:1 resident:attending ratio (supposedly a resident-driven change to allow for more learning)
  • location
  • PD=chair

CONS:
  • traveling: Danbury in Connecticut (though there is housing provided for those rotations), Metropolitan/Mt. Sinai in Manhattan
  • didactics in AM & noontime
  • no moonlighting
  • parking:
    • $10/month @ Westchester (not so bad)
    • free @ Danbury (great)
    • $90/month @ Metropolitan (awful)
  • some paper charting
  • no lung transplants

ADDITIONAL INFO.:
  • 9-10/class
  • 1/2 of residents live in Manhattan's Upper East Side or Upper West Side, some live in White Plains, a couple live in Queens/Brooklyn
  • ~60% married or attached/~40% single
  • day typically starts at 0600, first case usually scheduled for 0730 start
  • didactics:
    • daily during first month to become oriented
    • journal club, grand rounds, oral board review, M&M
  • research project support via designated faculty member (Mario Inchiosa)
  • residents get "the better cases" when compared to CRNAs
  • especially strong training for these subfields:
    • peds
    • cards/bariatric (including aortic arch/thoracic aorta reconstructions)
    • pain
  • the different facilities:
    • Westchester Medical (main site)
      • 680 beds
      • sick patients and complex procedures
      • rotations: cardiac, neuro, ortho, vascular, ophtho, ENT, xplant, gyn, ICU, regional, non-OR, difficult airway
    • Maria Fareri Children's
      • 120 beds
      • rotations: neonates/peds
    • Danbury
      • 45 mins. from Westchester
      • private
      • staffed mostly attendings trained at Yale
      • most people live there during those rotations
      • call shifts are pretty relaxed
    • Metropolitan
      • rotations: Ob, peds
    • Mt. Sinai
      • rotation: pain
  • interview ~100 applicants
  • interview day
    • to get there without renting a car, consider taking Metro-North train from Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal to White Plains and then catching the 40 or 41 bus (this bus option did not appear when I searched routes on Google Maps, but it totally works)
    • schedule
      • introduction by PD and residency coordinator over lunch
      • Q&A with residents
      • split into two groups for interviews and tour
        • 2 interviews (not everyone has the same interviewers, and some were interviewed by one of the chief residents)
        • interviews were relaxed
 
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Another advertising thread. Awesome. :corny:

What's the percentage of AMGs? It must be pretty low, since they don't advertise the list of their residents.
 
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I liked Dr. McGoldrick a lot when I interviewed there, one of my favorite interviews. She's very humble and relatable. Location and the distance of the affiliates was bad. But it's a quiet area, nice for families and it does have a pretty big catchment area. Plus they got rid of napa recently which is always a plus
 

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Another advertising thread. Awesome. :corny:

What's the percentage of AMGs? It must be pretty low, since they don't advertise the list of their residents.

You are correct - I remember them showing the IMG/AMG differential on interview day a few years ago. Fairly IMG heavy.
 

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You are correct - I remember them showing the IMG/AMG differential on interview day a few years ago. Fairly IMG heavy.

Seems like a solid program for all those posters with "Will I match with a Step of 210" Or I am an IMG with a Step of 230 looking for a decent program. Some Med Students may have limited options vs others so this program becomes a good option for them. Despite all the shortcomings this program does what is needed to train competent Anesthesiologists.
 
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Another advertising thread. Awesome. :corny:

What's the percentage of AMGs? It must be pretty low, since they don't advertise the list of their residents.
No applicant would spend that much time writing such a long and drawn out pros and cons list. Nice try
 

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No applicant would spend that much time writing such a long and drawn out pros and cons list. Nice try

yeah I tried doing that for the first few and even then it was way shorter
 

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I liked the impression I got from here. Only thing was they lost my folder so I didn't get interviewed til 630pm lol. Other than that day went well.

Programs these days need to advertise. From what I hear match list was significantly weaker than last year at many programs
 

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Sorry to bump an old thread but was wondering if the impressions of the program have changed in the past 2 years. Any thoughts? (Or should I just cancel my interview right now...)
 
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