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Pre-meds have the pre-residents have anything?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by CoolSpot7Up, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. CoolSpot7Up

    CoolSpot7Up 7+ Year Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Had I known about the MSAR and SDN resources as a freshman, I probably would have had a better idea of what I could do during my undergraduate career to help in medical school admissions.

    Once you're in medical school, the next hurdle is getting into a good residency. Is there a guide med students use when picking out residency options with selection criteria different programs use?
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  3. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    No. The only guide you get is picking a good mentor or two in the field you are interested in. Which residency programs are good versus malignant is a very word of mouth kind of thing, and tends to change frequently with change of personnel. Someone actually in the field you are choosing with a decent network of colleagues tends to be best situated to advise you as to what programs you want and don't want. So picking a good person to advise you through this is critical.
  4. LucidSplash

    LucidSplash Wire Jockey Trainee Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2005
    I agree with L2D. The only thing that is remotely close is AMA's FREIDA Residency/Fellowship Training Program Search. This will tell you where the programs are in a given specialty and some basic info about each program but will not tell you which are the best programs or which are malignant vs. non-malignant, etc. The information is self-reported by residency/fellowship programs and should be viewed with that in mind, but its a nice place to start if you're just looking for something where the programs in a given specialty are in a given area, how many years of training (ie some EM residencies are 3, some are 4), benefits packages, etc etc.
  5. 1956Goldtop


    Jan 11, 2008
    Can you elaborate what you been by malignant vs. non-malignant? Malignant residency???!?? :eek: This does not sound like a good thing at all! :laugh:
  6. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Sure. It's more an issue of department culture than anything else. It's where all the residents are beaten upon and hate life. It generally means a program where nobody is particularly happy, where attrition is high, and where attendings don't regard or treat their underlings well. It tends to come from the top down, so if the program director and/or chairman are mean SOBs, they will instill a kind of culture where each level of the hierarchy down gets it worse than the prior tier. And you can only find this out via word of mouth (esp through mentors).

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