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I just wondered what the best way to get to know residency programs is. What I mean is, when we are considering medical schools there are lots of places to go to get information on the various schools. There are sites like this, word of mouth, websites, and consolidated sources like the AAMC book of medical schools. Are there similar sources when considering residencies? I just wondered how anyone goes about deciding where they might be interested in doing a residency? Any information anyone has that even is remotely tied to this, I would appreciate. Thanks.


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Unfortunately it is mostly by word of mouth. Most residencies have their own website which gives you basic info on their faculty, conferences, etc. Some websites are more complete than others. This is one source but is not objective...i.e. progams have a vested interest to make themselves look good. Another source is, but again, you can't believe everything you read on that site because some people may have agendas for or against a program. Overall i think it's a decent source though because many posts are by residents and med students who have rotated at a program so they have seen and experienced it firsthand. Also, some specialties have their own forums (not just on this site), and this is another way of interacting with residents around the country.


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From what I know so far (and that's not much) it seems that the best way to get to know a residency program is to do a third or fourth year elective there. I would probably start with a city you might want to work in and then look at some of the residency programs there and consult your school advisors about the programs. If you are at a flexible school you may get a chance to rotate at several programs in the area(s) you are interested in doing residency.