Non-Malignant Programs

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Anonymous (not verified)
ccf

judging from interview only, I though cleveland clinic was not that rough.  with 5 residents a year and only one hospital the call pool is very dilute.  with something like 80 attendings there are sure to be some bad personalities, but every program has its quirks.  I actually thought ccf was benign (in the best sense possible).-other benign placesUC Denver, UVA, UCSD, Stanford, OHSU, UNC Chapel Hill, Iowa, Michigan-- these were all on the "quality of life" scale for me

Anonymous (not verified)
stanford

Anonymous User wrote:
judging from interview only, I though cleveland clinic was not that rough.  with 5 residents a year and only one hospital the call pool is very dilute.  with something like 80 attendings there are sure to be some bad personalities, but every program has its quirks.  I actually thought ccf was benign (in the best sense possible).-other benign placesUC Denver, UVA, UCSD, Stanford, OHSU, UNC Chapel Hill, Iowa, Michigan-- these were all on the "quality of life" scale for me
 Stanford is really nice. I rotated there. They've doubled their faculty in the past few years and it's pretty busy but not crazy. The attendings are super chill. The residents operate a lot and seem to really get along. I ranked the program I matched at higher because of a preference to be close to family but Stanford was right behind.

Anonymous (not verified)
I did an away at the

I did an away at the Cleveland Clinic and didn't find it malignant at all. Everyone was great to work with & with 5 residents I think they actually have better hours than a lot of programs + minimal call.

Anonymous (not verified)
New Mexico has very nice

New Mexico has very nice people.  The residents close and faculty are welcoming.  Very nice program

jchipol
NM

New Mexico has these Skype interviews, it was crazy!

Anonymous (not verified)
New Mexico

The Skyppe interview was a one time thing.  Just to clarify all applicants got an onsite interiew and a skyppe interview.  They were testing it out to see if it could be used to save applicants some money on the interview trial.  New Mexico will not be doing them again this year. On another note, New Mexico was wonderful to intreview at.  It's a gorgeous part of the country and the people at UNM Urology are really nice.  They are very supportive of thier residents. 

Anonymous (not verified)
Loma Linda

I interviewed at Loma Linda.  Seemed like a very well balanced program.  A main university hospital, a VA, two county hospitals and something unique was two "chief" years. (one year as chief at the county, one year at the main hospital).  Also the residents seemed to all be friends, like they actually hung out.  Didn't match there, but thought it was one of those "underrated" places. 

Anonymous (not verified)
intimidating places

A few places on the interview trail intimidated me...but I'd still interview anywhere you think you could live or anywhere there's a mentor that resonates with you or that you've heard good things about from a current resident.  A lot of places I got the sense were surly on the outside but then once you're a resident people seemed to really back you up.  There were a few places that I could tell the residents were really stressed out and maybe a little unhappy but I think you'll be able to sniff that you too.  It's important to interview at a range of places anyway, even if it costs a little more, to get a sense of the range of possible experiences.  I definitely hear the original poster's concern about being treated well during residency.  I think it's at the front of a lot of people's mind when interviewing.  If you feel uncomfortable the whole day you're there, it's a good barometer that maybe the program in question is not for you.

Anonymous (not verified)
Oklahoma

Anonymous User wrote:
A few places on the interview trail intimidated me...but I'd still interview anywhere you think you could live or anywhere there's a mentor that resonates with you or that you've heard good things about from a current resident.  A lot of places I got the sense were surly on the outside but then once you're a resident people seemed to really back you up.  There were a few places that I could tell the residents were really stressed out and maybe a little unhappy but I think you'll be able to sniff that you too.  It's important to interview at a range of places anyway, even if it costs a little more, to get a sense of the range of possible experiences.  I definitely hear the original poster's concern about being treated well during residency.  I think it's at the front of a lot of people's mind when interviewing.  If you feel uncomfortable the whole day you're there, it's a good barometer that maybe the program in question is not for you.
Umm...Can you say Oklahoma? Man that was the most awkward and malignant feeling program I interviewed at this year. It was no question to me why they went unmatched this year. Stay away from this program, IMHO.On the list of rather non-malignant programs, I really liked MCG. A very well balanced program with awesome opportunities.Take care

Anonymous (not verified)
UNM

Anonymous User wrote:
The Skyppe interview was a one time thing.  Just to clarify all applicants got an onsite interiew and a skyppe interview.  They were testing it out to see if it could be used to save applicants some money on the interview trial.  New Mexico will not be doing them again this year. On another note, New Mexico was wonderful to intreview at.  It's a gorgeous part of the country and the people at UNM Urology are really nice.  They are very supportive of thier residents. 
Staff at UNM were amazing.  Only thing malignant is there freaking HOURS.  (2nd year, with a straight face, told me "yeah, we work about 120 hours a week"...sorry, but there's some major inefficiencies going on if that's the case...)  :=)