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i was just wondering, does it matter where you do your residency at if you just want to do private practice? If someone went to the lowest ranked osteopathic med school, then completed an anesthesiology residency at any place that would accept them, would they still have the same job opportunities as anyone else, as long as it wasn't an academic position? Or would they be stuck practicing in the middle of nowhere, where nobody else wants to work? Is there a reason why people should strive for the best med schools and residencies if they want to end up doing private practice in the end?


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An employer has 2 applicants, one of them graduated from a top residency, ther other from a bottom one. All else being equal, which candidate would you higher for your private practice?

This does not mean that a person graduating a lower ranked residency will be forced to work in the middle of no where in places no one else wants. It simply means that (S)he is at a disadvantage when applying for a job and will have to overcome it in some way if (s)he wants to get competitive job.


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Get board certified and it probably doesn't matter much at this time. Can't say what the market will be like in say 5-10 years. If you plan to do private practice in "rural" or "underserved" areas, your training background probably isn't that important. Somebody feel free to enlighten me if this isn't the case.