I thought it might be good for next year's applicants to list a few "sleeper programs". Now, I know my list won't be sleepers for a lot of people "in the know", but these are top-notch academic programs that are not necessarily on the U.S. News and World Reports top 10...yet. In no particular order:Long Island Jewish: Dr. Kavoussi is creating a powerhouse here. He and the rest of the faculty seem really dedicated to their residents, great operative volume, and support for research is strong. 5 years.Pittsburgh: Dr. Nelson has a super strong program here. Support for basic research is top 5, great operative volume, and residents are publishing a lot. 6 yearsBaylor: Though rumors of instability have been flying around since Dr. Scardino left, the program under Dr. Coburn remains strong.Good operative variety, support for international volunteering, basic research opportunites. May be changing to the "Debakey College of Medicine at Rice University". 6 years.Brigham and Women's: Residents seems very happy, access to Dana Farber Cancer center and Boston Children's. 5 year program with limited research only time, but residents are still publishing. Access to lots of basic research through Harvard, though unsure how many residents pursue this. Lots of faculty through 5 hospitals.I'm sure there are more. Bottom line, is that there are many great programs out there. There are a handful of super-powerhouse programs, but there are many just a few steps behind them. Operative experience is rarely bad, but what differentiates the cream of the crop from the lower first tier is support for research, and reputation, me thinks.
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