Thoughts on choosing a residency

Discussion in 'Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties' started by Pilot Doc, Nov 14, 2005.

  1. Pilot Doc

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    Resident [Any Field]
    An observation for all the singles applying to residency right now.

    I had married before starting internship, but I've noticed a pattern in the graduates of my program.

    1) swinging single moves to town
    2) Resident finds spouse amongst the local population
    3) At the end of residency, spouse is not interested in leaving the area, substantially restricting the new graduate's job options.

    Just something to keep in mind - Residency is different than med school and especially college. People get married, have a family, put down roots, etc. They frequently seem to find themself attached to / entangled with the surrounding area.

    Moral of our story: don't train in a part of the country that you really couldn't see yourself living in permanently
  2. Roux-en-Y

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    You've never heard of the statistic that approximately 75% of all physicians (not just surgeons) establish their practice within 100 miles of where they train (for residency)?
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