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hi

can anyone give a quick overview on what programs are the best for different departments? Does being placed into a good residency program really matter in terms of your medical career?

im thinking about doing my residency with the army as they pay for med-school and have alot of benifits. is this a good program?

thanks in advance.
 

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hi

can anyone give a quick overview on what programs are the best for different departments?

This is something you find out word of mouth once you select a specialty. You will want to sit down with a mentor in the field and find out which programs are good versus malignant. I seriously doubt that anyone in pre-allo could give you a reasonable listing for any one specialty, let alone for all.
 
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thanks for your responses.

ive heard the army has a great ortho program...well its kind of understandable.

i could see it being great for emergency medicine as well.
 

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thanks for your responses.

ive heard the army has a great ortho program...well its kind of understandable.

i could see it being great for emergency medicine as well.

As quantummechanic indicated, there is a military board on SDN that might better serve your needs.
 

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ok cool. I guess what i really want to know is how important is residency to begin with?

does getting into a really good program havea huge impact career wise?
 

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ok cool. I guess what i really want to know is how important is residency to begin with?

does getting into a really good program havea huge impact career wise?

its important but so long as you pass your specialty board, you're likely not going to be hurting unless you want to do academic research or try for a competitive fellowship.

I'd worry about getting into med school first though.
 

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ok cool. I guess what i really want to know is how important is residency to begin with?

does getting into a really good program havea huge impact career wise?

Yes. In medicine, you are only as good as where you've been last. Each stage is just a step to the next. So once you get into residency, where you did your med school no longer matters. If you go to med school at XYZ and then do a residency at PDQ, you will be that gal/guy from PDQ. And yes, your job prospects will be impacted by where you did your residency -- it's easier to sell yourself to the fancy practices if you have a well thought of program in your CV. That being said, there is a shortage of physicians in many parts of the country, so if you are flexible about location, you will get a decent job from any residency. And if you plan to hang up a shingle and practice on your own, certainly no one will care where you trained.
 
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