I was a student at South Pointe hospital for some time last year. While I did not get a chance to rotate in dept. of Anesthesia, I have met several residents and a program director. My impression is that it is a pretty good program, and residents are happy and are not over worked. Most of the residents are married with kids, and working hours allow plenty of time outside the hospital. It is a pretty small program, they take 2 residents per year, and this allows for close friendships among residents. South Pointe hospital is a part of Cleveland Clinic system, and residents do a portion of their rotations at the Clinic, it is my understanding that these rotations are excellent. Senior residents are able to secure very competitive fellowships at the Clinic and other top hospitals. Program director is excellent. He is an advocate for medical students and residents. It was very easy for me to approach him, and every time he was very willling to provide advice and info about the specialty and about his own program.
I would give this program a serious consideration.
The home call alone leads me to believe that you would NOT be prepared for anything when you finish. It sounds like you MIGHT be ready for an outpatient surgery center upon completion.
Long time reader, first time poster. However, since I'm a South Pointe resident, I figured now the most appropriate time to respond. Hopefully I can answer questions and dispel rumors.
We're a small program taking two residents yearly, with a linked AOA internship. We work alongside CRNAs and AAs to cover the 12 ORs and the endo suites. Cases are typically B&B as alluded to by Green. Call is, indeed, from home as we don't have in house OB or trauma. I would estimate I go in about every third night of call (q3-4) for an emergent case (e.g. appy, perf bowel, AAA, torsion) or airway. There is the CCF affiliation that affords us the opportunity to rotate there for hearts and SICU. OB and Peds are out of house also, other than the few peds (dental and ortho) cases we do in house.
Graduates don't seem to find trouble in securing jobs and/or fellowships. Last year's guys both took fellowships (Peds and CT [at CCF]). The two before them took private practice jobs. So it doesn't seem owning an AOA certification precludes one from finding work outside of Michigan as suggested, nor landing an Allopathic fellowship.
Now, I'm not as naive to think that my program is top tier and the best of the best. I realize there are certainly better programs out there, and being at a smaller institution does, perhaps, limit my exposure to certain things I'll encounter as an attending. Hopefully any deficiencies can be made up with my stunning good looks and rapier wit.
Let and flames and/or questions begin, and feel free to PM me.