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Naive MS3 here that is a bit intrigued with Anesthesiology.

For those of you that have gone through the application process recently, what do you consider to be important in considering different residency programs, i.e. what criteria should one consider when evaluating different places.



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First and foremost, would you be comfortable living in the city/area of the program.

Second, does the program have people you would be comfortable working with.

Third, does the program provide a wide variety of cases and enough of them to satisfy the ABA's minimum number of cases for each.

Fourth, do the residents seem happy where they are or are they jumping off like rats from a sinking ship.

Fifth, will you be "farmed out" to other programs to make up for deficiencies at the home program.

Sixth, number and quality of didactics.

Seventh, PD and chairman: Good, bad, malignant, supporting, etc.

Those are a few things I would encourage you to look at. Most of all, I would encourage you to do rotations in your 4th year at the institutions you are interested in applying to.
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