As a 3rd year I have a strong interest in ER and will be doing at least 2 rotations in an ER setting (ER and Trauma Surg) during my 4th year but I wanted to know what you looked for when applying for a ER residency?
Work-hard-play-hard residents/attendings with ridiculous camaraderie. For me, I love working my arse off and then balancing it out with play time. I need teammates with the same mentality. I'm not kidding when I say I love to work (I'm one of those people), and I want a place to work me. But I don't want to be around boring sticks in the mud while I do so....this is #1 for me. You can have the smartest residents in the world, but if they have no personality and life I'm not interested, period.
Interesting point. I've also found that all places have camaraderie, and I totally agree that everyone seems to get along and are happy in each program I've seen.This was basically my #1 priority before interview season started... but it ended up not helping me out with narrowing down my list at all, since every program I went to had happy residents, nice faculty, and spoke about their camaraderie. All of the interviews and social gatherings were incredibly similar to me. I wonder if there is an EM program out there that doesn't have that kind of mentality.