Although some of the media did highlight the job difficulties, perception was reality in many cases. If you talk to the residents that graduated at the time. It indeed was very difficult to find a job.Originally posted by BigSkyDreams
The main thrust for the drop off in the 1990's had to do with the false perception, supported and promoted by the media, that there were not any jobs in gas.
Wasn't just the mid 90's. When I graduated in 1998 I can remember looking @ the unfilled positions list available in Anesthesia & was stunned. Multiple open spots @ every top program around except for one or two in desirable locations (Seattle, San Francisco). You could literally walk off the street into a job @ MGH. The lack of "consumer confidence" in Anesthesia was palpable among prospective medical students at the timeOriginally posted by Goober
Gas in the mid-90's got pretty ugly
yes, as I said, I did not read it. I wondered whether it included CRNA stuff.Originally posted by Tenesma
read page 6 of first link - it addresses your concern directly... i agree, it helps to read the whole article first...
I meant that the only places that were filling of the major programs were based on location, location, location. I can remember looking @ the scramble list that year of different specialties & there were dozens of spots at the top anesthesia programs open. If I remember correctly I think it was MGH or the Brigham that had more then half a dozen unfilled positions which just floored me. I wish those scramble lists were still available for you see what it was like back then when I was doing my clinicals 1995-1998. All you heard from the anesthesia residents & attendings was how threatened the specialty was..... yada yada yada. Students pay attention to these trends going on around them & adjust their interests accordingly. At that point in time, believe it or not, anesthesia & radiology were just not that "hot" & were MUCH less competative then now (especially radiology)Originally posted by MDEntropy
PS - Dr Oliver, I have a direct question for you. Are you saying that at some point in the 1990's, UCSF had one or two match position that went unfilled...or that in one or two desirable locations like San Francisco, the programs always filled even when many other programs like MGH couldn't?