So I'm halfway through the interview trail...and have been impressed by most programs equally thus far. Everyone keeps telling me that I will know THE PLACE when I get to it. I'm just not finding that to be the case. I have three things that I consider important for me in a residency: 1) teaching, the faculty must be available and willing to provide their wisdom and pearls but not dictate the flow of your patient care, 2) the people/patients, I want to see the sick pts, I want to know how to manage/stabilize that crappin' out CHF'er when I'm stuck in the middle of a comm hospital in a smaller community, 3) I want whatever off-time that I have to be in a place that has a lot to offer (entertainment, outdoor activities, diversity, etc...) So, back to the original statement. All of the programs have managed to come up with 2/3 of my things (various combos of the three). Not one has "won me over" yet. I am beginning to wonder if what I want in a program is really what matters at the end of three years. For all of you who have gone through this process, what have you found to be the most important qualities of a program that really do impact your training and life outside residency (oxymoron???). Thanks for the feedback.