Why the Best Residency Isn't Always the Best Residency

Posted by Adnan Khera on Aug 3, 2015 1:00:00 PM
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The best residency isn't always the best residency. The culture of academia is to always to pursue the best names and the greatest prestige. Sometimes, we lose ourselves in this pursuit and forget what really matters. 

One major consideration is fellowships. Residency is long. But many fellowships are shorter by comparison (depending on your specialty). Just as nobody cares where you went to high school or even college any more, most people will not ask where you did your residency if you did a fellowship. Each step in the academic ladder largely negates what came before it. Ultimately, only your last step of training will matter. So, why not pick a residency where you feel entirely comfortable? Where your personality jives with the culture. Where your work is education focused and not just based on working lots of hours. 

These things matter because it makes your work feel easier and gives you more time to develop the rest of your resume as well.

At our residency recruitment dinners, I always tell the candidates that there's really only 3 things they should look at. Location, call schedule and where residents match for fellowship. Those are the things are either going to make you happy or unhappy in the long run.

The best residency isn't always the best residency. The culture of academia is to always to pursue the best names and the greatest prestige. Sometimes, we lose ourselves in this pursuit and forget what really matters. 

One major consideration is fellowships. Residency is long. But many fellowships are shorter by comparison (depending on your specialty). Just as nobody cares where you went to high school or even college any more, most people will not ask where you did your residency if you did a fellowship. Each step in the academic ladder largely negates what came before it. Ultimately, only your last step of training will matter. So, why not pick a residency where you feel entirely comfortable? Where your personality jives with the culture. Where your work is education focused and not just based on working lots of hours. 

These things matter because it makes your work feel easier and gives you more time to develop the rest of your resume as well.

At our residency recruitment dinners, I always tell the candidates that there's really only 3 things they should look at. Location, call schedule and where residents match for fellowship. Those are the things are either going to make you happy or unhappy in the long run.

Topics: Residency, Matching

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