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University of Louisville - IM

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MS4 here, DO student. Did an away rotation at Louisville a few months ago as my AI in internal medicine and did a subspecialty. Thought I could write a review.

IM @ Louisville is overall great! I think the residents are happy, diverse, and have plenty of opportunity to pursue their career goals.

- The program director is one of the highlights of the program! She is caring, very understanding, laid back, and supportive. I have heard of residents that quit the program and she was still very supportive and understanding - even helped them get other residency spots. There is a new dean from Emory/Atlanta who is trying to make it a powerhouse school in terms of research $$.

- Wards are good. Q4 call. Night float! Fair amount of pathology. No crazy tropical diseases, but plenty of trauma (level one trauma center), HIV, alcohol/drugs, sepsis, PNA, chest pain, saw a girl with ehrlichiosis on my rotation, etc.

- Staff for the most part are very supportive and nurturing. There are some attendings (mostly 1 attending) known to drill residents during morning report, but they are all great teachers. Chief residents are great.

-Conferences are overall good. They have a radiology conference that I attended that was good. Pathology conferences were ok, but the cross lecturing, other specialists at hand, really lends to a lot of learning.

- ID has a great team, ICU is good, nephrology is wonderful!, GI is great. I think their match list is a usually solid with 2-3 cardio, 2-3 GI, 2-3 ICU/Pulm. I worked with a resident who matched in to Heme/Onc, one who matched UTSW or UTH Pulm/CC, and one who wants to do palliative. And one who is now doing hospitalist medicine in San Antonio.

- There is no rheumatology fellowship here if that is a big deal to you!

- Camaraderie is good between residents for the most part. Some IMGs and some DOs, but they are all solid residents. Seems to be a good mix of singles and married residents.

- The city of Louisville is wonderful. Lush/hot/humid in the summer, pleasant in the fall and spring, and brrrr cold in the winter I hear. There are some good strips of hip/upscale/grungy neighborhoods with bars/clubs if you are into that, a decent theater scene, GREAT restaurants (if you have the money), a good art scene (especially glass), and good malls/shopping for a city of about a million.

If you have any other questions, PM me/post.

Post all your reviews too (even if you are an MS4 like me, so I can read em!
 

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MS4 here, DO student. Did an away rotation at Louisville a few months ago as my AI in internal medicine and did a subspecialty. Thought I could write a review.

IM @ Louisville is overall great! I think the residents are happy, diverse, and have plenty of opportunity to pursue their career goals.

- The program director is one of the highlights of the program! She is caring, very understanding, laid back, and supportive. I have heard of residents that quit the program and she was still very supportive and understanding - even helped them get other residency spots. There is a new dean from Emory/Atlanta who is trying to make it a powerhouse school in terms of research $$.

- Wards are good. Q4 call. Night float! Fair amount of pathology. No crazy tropical diseases, but plenty of trauma (level one trauma center), HIV, alcohol/drugs, sepsis, PNA, chest pain, saw a girl with ehrlichiosis on my rotation, etc.

- Staff for the most part are very supportive and nurturing. There are some attendings (mostly 1 attending) known to drill residents during morning report, but they are all great teachers. Chief residents are great.

-Conferences are overall good. They have a radiology conference that I attended that was good. Pathology conferences were ok, but the cross lecturing, other specialists at hand, really lends to a lot of learning.

- ID has a great team, ICU is good, nephrology is wonderful!, GI is great. I think their match list is a usually solid with 2-3 cardio, 2-3 GI, 2-3 ICU/Pulm. I worked with a resident who matched in to Heme/Onc, one who matched UTSW or UTH Pulm/CC, and one who wants to do palliative. And one who is now doing hospitalist medicine in San Antonio.

- There is no rheumatology fellowship here if that is a big deal to you!

- Camaraderie is good between residents for the most part. Some IMGs and some DOs, but they are all solid residents. Seems to be a good mix of singles and married residents.

- The city of Louisville is wonderful. Lush/hot/humid in the summer, pleasant in the fall and spring, and brrrr cold in the winter I hear. There are some good strips of hip/upscale/grungy neighborhoods with bars/clubs if you are into that, a decent theater scene, GREAT restaurants (if you have the money), a good art scene (especially glass), and good malls/shopping for a city of about a million.

If you have any other questions, PM me/post.

Post all your reviews too (even if you are an MS4 like me, so I can read em!

Thanks for the review. I interviewed there a few weeks ago. I did not have such a positive experience. The PD was nice, that is true. The interview was overall smooth. They even paid for a hotel room to stay in.

However, there were some not so great points. The med residents seem to be very busy and not well respected in the hospital. I don't mean to offend anyone..just what I saw.

The area around the hospital is kinda ghetto. It is close to downtown but not very safe either. I was walking around at night near the hospital campus and got hit up by a lot of bums.

The VA is about 5-10 minutes away. That might be a hassle. They have their own morning reports but as far as the quality...apparently they are not as good. I hear the VA cafeteria sucks also.

I did not have as a positive slant on the program as the previous poster. I don't think I will even rank the program.
 

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Thanks for the review. I interviewed there a few weeks ago. I did not have such a positive experience. The PD was nice, that is true. The interview was overall smooth. They even paid for a hotel room to stay in.

However, there were some not so great points. The med residents seem to be very busy and not well respected in the hospital. I don't mean to offend anyone..just what I saw.

The area around the hospital is kinda ghetto. It is close to downtown but not very safe either. I was walking around at night near the hospital campus and got hit up by a lot of bums.

The VA is about 5-10 minutes away. That might be a hassle. They have their own morning reports but as far as the quality...apparently they are not as good. I hear the VA cafeteria sucks also.

I did not have as a positive slant on the program as the previous poster. I don't think I will even rank the program.

I'm a couple years out from my interview, but I somewhat agree. The PD (Dr. Casper) seemed very nice, personable. They accommodations were impeccable - they paid for us to stay at The Brown Hotel, which is a famous spot. I would interview there again just to stay there, :).

When I went, there were alot of foreign grads. The match list seemed OK. When I went through the match, they had 3-5 spots that did not fill. Not sure if they filled last year.

IMO, it's a program for lower to mid-tier IM candidates.
 
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Louisville is a great city. I have lived there most of my life amd didn't really appreciate until I left. The medical campus is on the edge of downtown as you cross over from the highlands which is a place that runs along bardstown road which has sidewalks and a lot of good restraints, bars and so forth which is on the edge of Cherokee park. Cherokee park is a great park and one of the big seven parks. They have one lane blocked off for runners, rollerbladers, and so forth. I used to take my dog there to run the scenic loop part of it which is about 2.4 miles. They have a dog park as well. It's safe and mostly yuppies and the highland arty type people. The "keep Louisville weird" types with skaters and so forth. I still run it sometimes even after dark when I go home. Nice place. Then there is the ky derby and Derby festival. The cost of living is cheap.
 

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I don't know about the "no respect" thing, considering we pretty much run the hospital. EVERY service in any academic setting has something $hitty to say about the other services. ALL medicine services are pounded with dumps and turfs. Thats the nature of the game. I wouldn't say we have it any different from other medicine residents at university hospitals.

From what I've seen, in general, "respect" comes down to how any clinician acts, performs under stress, and interacts with others. If you got it you got it, if you don't you don't. Its pretty obvious.

Overall this place is BENIGN. I have had ZERO issues with other services despite the ER. If you want to do cards at harvard then this probably isn't where you want to come, but otherwise we are well qualified. We butt heads with those guys constantly. I will refrain from comment, but basically see paragraph 2.

Our PD rocks and is FAR from a push over. This woman fights for us tooth and nail, as do our chief residents. This, my friends, is golden.
 

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I don't know about the "no respect" thing, considering we pretty much run the hospital. EVERY service in any academic setting has something $hitty to say about the other services. ALL medicine services are pounded with dumps and turfs. Thats the nature of the game. I wouldn't say we have it any different from other medicine residents at university hospitals.

From what I've seen, in general, "respect" comes down to how any clinician acts, performs under stress, and interacts with others. If you got it you got it, if you don't you don't. Its pretty obvious.

Overall this place is BENIGN. I have had ZERO issues with other services despite the ER. If you want to do cards at harvard then this probably isn't where you want to come, but otherwise we are well qualified. We butt heads with those guys constantly. I will refrain from comment, but basically see paragraph 2.

Our PD rocks and is FAR from a push over. This woman fights for us tooth and nail, as do our chief residents. This, my friends, is golden.

Like we mentioned...the PD is awesome.

Did you do a year of anesthesia and switch to the IM program at U of L?
 
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