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Which program are you describing?What was your impression of the Interactions with Residents and Attendings?What was your impression of the Training Quality and Research Quality?What was your impression of the Facilities, Location, and City within which the program is located?What was your impression of the Call Schedule and Lifestyle of the residency?What was the interview structure?Was there a social event? Where was it? Was it before or after? What was your impression of it?What other information about the program would you like to include? This question is optional.
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Albany Medical CenterFaculty members are extremely approachable and it seems like residents have great relationships amongst themselves and faculty. Faculty go to residents weddings. Dr. Mouzakes seems like a great program director and resident advocate. PD is truly invested in resident education and wants all to be comfortable and competent general ENTs upon graduation. Plastics does all microvascular work, so no flaps, which may be a pro for some. Little emphasis on research, which may also be a pro for some. Laryngology appears to be a weakness, although one of the chiefs will be pursuing fellowship. Albany does not seem like a great city with a lot going on. However, there are a lot of outdoor activities ie: hiking for those that are into that. Cost of living appears to be low with some residents choosing to buy homes. Do not remember the exact call schedule but I don't remember this as a place where they appeared to be extremely overworked. They take face call every other week, which is split between them and plastics. Interviews were extremely laid back with most being conversational. Two faculty members per room with each room having a specific themed question or two, ie: behavioral.Social event was held the night before at a local brewery. Many residents and spouses were able to attend and all were extremely friendly.
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Baylor College of MedicinePositive. Lots of admiration and respect for their facultyFocus is on clinical training Fantastic- Texas medical center is full of amazing resources Tougher but the residents seem to handle it well8 for 15 min. All one faculty. One Resident. Yes. Very nice at an attendings house This program is top notch. Large group of residents that aren't as close as most ENT programs but work very well together. The tough part of this program is having to take call at multiple hospitals and having to switch hospitals frequently. Other than that, if you like pediatrics this is a stellar place to be (with all subspecialties well covered/ the only exception being plastics which only has one attending).
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Boston University Medical CenterGood people. Chair of many years is retiring - searching for a new chair. Seem to want to keep it in the family. Are very proud of BMC as an institution.Good, nothing crazy.Main site is a city hospital so facilities are not great.Need to drive to different locations around the city 20-45 min away for some rotations. Call is only at a single site at a time though, I think. Traffic can be very bad. High cost of living. Used a tablet to select a question that you want to answer. This starts as a jumping off point for conversation and they may ask you other questions. After at a bar ~1 mile away. There were very light appetizers but nice drinks.
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Boston University Medical CenterUnsure, residents were very friendly and positive with one another seemed very happyGoodA plethora of opportunities throughout the cityCall schedule was explained as being very difficult. Residents vocalized being overworked but having a supportive team to help them through things. 8 interviews 15 minutes with 2 faculty per room, grilled on research. They use an app which you basically click through to answer a variety of unique questions Yes it was an event with every single applicant- not very helpful or useful for networking (if you have to miss this one, you'll be ok)They are going to have a new chair soon
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Boston University Medical CenterAttendings and residents were very distant and barely interactedOverall decent training but poor research and poor peds despite rotating at children's Great citySeemed toughIpad led interviews which were actually kind of funYes but residents largely ignored applicantsOf all the programs I interviewed at this one stood out for least resident interest in applicants. These residents and some faculty don't appear proud of their program and it shows.
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Case Western Reserve UniversityAmazing faculty residents were a little interestingTop notch training with amazing variety. Additionally, continuing to add faculty(added 1 peds, 1 oto, and 2 rhino)Great locations at a VA, County hospital(that does free flaps), and the university hospital.NIGHT FLOAT with a full day off kind of intense with case descriptions and lots of ethics. But interviewed with 12 faculty and 1 chiefs roomYes after the interview at a local bar/bowling alley. Cool concept for sure
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Cleveland ClinicCasual, friendlyTraining - top notch. Research important but not primary focusBeautiful facilities, showcased Cleveland really well. Very livableVery reasonable call schedule - all 1 locationLaid back, 2 faculty per room. About 10 rooms. In between both interview days. Best social by far. Lots of faculty + residents
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Cleveland ClinicOne of the best interactions I had on the entire interview trail. Almost every resident I interacted with was incredibly personable and very nice to be around and spend time with. All of the attendings were very laid back and seemed like they maintained a very good relationship with the residents. More like a family or a group of friends who all worked together. Benninger (chair) pointed out in his introduction that he believes the most important thing is happiness, and he wants residents that are happy because they're good surgeons, happy with where they live and happy with the people around them. I think that fully emphasizes what the faculty and residents were like here. There were two pockets (east side and west side) of resident groups but in their words: "If anything we hang out too much, we're together at least once a weekend if not multiple nights."Research is not the strongest but seems to be good enough. If you want a highly research directed residency, this may not be for you. Training was very well-rounded with a weakness in pediatrics. Don't have a stand-alone peds hospital and one of the attendings does pretty much only clefts. Not a level 1 trauma center but they spend one month at MetroHealth, which is. Residents seemed to think trauma was something you learned once and then avoided, which may be true but only one month at a trauma center I felt would have made me feel a bit unprepared for general practice in somewhere with trauma.The hospital was absolutely stunning. I don't think there was anywhere else I went on my entire interview trail where I thought the hospital was a selling point but it definitely was here. 10 city blocks of purely hospitals and clinic space all connected, top of the line equipment, great ancillary staff, and some of the best physicians in the world across the various specialties to work with; definitely impressed. Cleveland seems like a city improving. Probably still not on the level of Cincinnati or Columbus from what I could see and what I heard, but given the history seems to be doing well. Cheap living, good nightlife. Not sure about what it would be like as a couple since the city itself seems like more a place for single people.Call is 4 nights per month for PGY2, 3/month for PGY3 and 2/month as PGY4. Residents were very adamant about the fact that if they come in multiple times over night and don't get enough sleep the attendings cover the cases and send them home. As a mostly private hospital the days seem shorter too.Full day of interviewing, a tour of the city and the hospital in one half of the day and then 10 or so rooms with 2 faculty per room each lasting 20 minutes. Probably the longest day I had, but nonetheless it was good. Pretty straightforward questions and conversations, some of them just wanted to talk to see if we would mesh, the residents asked me to go through my favorite YouTube videos, low key overall.There was a drinks and appetizers social in one of the trendier areas of town the night between the two interviews with interviewees from both places. Attendings and residents both there, but there were plenty of resident-only interactions on the day of. One of the better ones I went to, food was good, attendings were extremely relaxed and introduced themselves by their first name and such. Cleveland Clinic is a huge name in the city so you get a lot of discounts and perks for being an employee. The hospital itself gives you 30K towards the purchase of a house too. Plenty of nice perks.
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Cleveland ClinicResidents tried hard to sell Cleveland and all the fun that they have outside of residency. They seem to do a lot of social activities together. On a superficial level the residents had a more "hipster" appearance than some places. Attendings ranged from very stern (oto) to very relaxed (peds). Somewhat intimidating. High quality training. Will see basic things and complex cases that patients travel there for. Research is focused on clinical research, quality improvement.Very nice facilities. Location is not great within the city but you can get anywhere in the city in 15 minutes. The residents took us to some cute areas on the city tour. Comparatively on the lighter side early in training but PGY4s still take primary care to make this happen.The usual: 2 interviewers per room. You will be assigned to the morning or afternoon, no choice in the matter.Social event the night before at a nice restaurant downtown. Lots of young faculty there as well as residents. The chair attended.
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Cleveland ClinicPositive, residents noted that they begin surgical work later than most programs (said as- learning from the best instead of learning from your coresidents so surgical comes a little later). Not what I was looking for but certainly makes sense at such a great program. Wonderful placeThe tour was incredibly long but it was nice to have the residents show us Cleveland! Seems like a great place to be during residency with a wide variety of affordable housing options and social outlets. Cleveland Clinic is a very unique model which would be very interesting to learn within. The only negative is that there isn't a true "county" experience here. Very manageable. Residents were very happy. CC stresses wellness! Many interviews for about 15 minutes each with 2 faculty per room. One resident roomYes. All the applicants at one event. Worth going to as their faculty are incredibly friendly. They get 30,000 down payment on a house from the hospital and cell phone covered!
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical CenterThey definitely have a great relationship, informal, friendly, seem happy with each other.Some of the best!!, one attending got called into the OR during interviews and got to witness the R2 go to town on a neck dissection with very minimal guidance needed from the attending. By far the best surgical skill i've ever seen in a resident!!Very nice small town, ideal for resident with family. If you love the outdoors there is not a better place. And the Hitchcock hospital is one of the more beautiful I've seen! its like working in a ski resort.Everyone seems like the are happy with the balance, residents have great opportunity outside of work to enjoy themselves. It sounds like Surgery interns handle floor call at night, so you only get called for consults and emergencies.One on one: everyone was very engaged, they knew our application very well, insightful conversations. felt very welcomed and wantedAt a Bar the night before, a great group of residents, very easy to talk with, they were genuinely interested in applicants, even the intern seemed to have been informed about the applicants
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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical CenterVery favorable. Everyone was really friendly and personable and seemed interested in getting to know us.The training quality seemed very solid, and I got the impression that there were decent research opportunities.The facilities were nice. Hanover seemed like a cool college town, but it might not be for everyone.I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of call for a 1/year program, but it actually seemed really manageable. The way it works for Dartmouth is that each resident takes 1 day of call/week and one weekend of call/month. Attendings serve as back-up.Individual interviews with faculty and one interview with residentsYes; night before at a restaurant. Attendings were present, and everyone seemed to want to get to know us. The one down-side was that it was held in the middle of a busy restaurant, so it was hard to hear and there were random people milling about.Seemed like a really solid program with friendly people. Attendings seemed very invested in resident education and flexible in allowing residents to pursue any research interests. There's an opportunity to do an MPH during residency, though apparently none of the residents have done this yet. Call seemed very manageable.
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Duke University HospitalThere were a good number of younger attendings coming back to work at Duke. The old chair was known for being abrasive but he is stepping down. The new chair seems very nice. The residents were nice enough, didn't leave much impression. Despite UNC being right next door, they have plenty of cases and are expanding their staff. For research, you have all of Duke University to utilize, which is a big deal.Very nice facilities and resources. They showed off the 3D printing lab on the tour. The research triangle is a great place to live. Still affordable now but booming, may get more pricy. North Carolina is usually has great weather, can access both mountains and the ocean in a couple hours drive. Nothing out of the ordinary. You can choose whether you want to interview in the morning or the afternoon. Choose the morning, in general, if you get the choice. Social event was supposed to be the night of the interview. There was a snowstorm so I ended up attending the social event the night before for the previous days interview. Buffet style appetizers at a restaurant near the baseball stadium. Food and beer were good. Residents brought their partners and families. I think there was one young attending, no other faculty.
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Duke University HospitalThe new chair from Hopkins is a really kind and inspirational leader, and seems to care a lot about the residents and the program. All the faculty are approachable and a diverse group. Residents are laid back and seem to have great camaraderie. The clinical training is outstanding. Well balanced and deep in every subspecialty. Currently 4 Otologists, 3 H&N, 2 microvascular, 3 peds, 2 plastics, 2 rhinology, 1 laryngology, and 3 generalists. No fellows so residents get all the cases, and match into great fellowships. Basic science exposure is one weakness of the program, with the exception of a few otology/vestibular and computational modeling labs. Plenty of clinical research opportunities (including national clinical studies) and translational research (3D printing), with a strong interdisciplinary focus
Great facilities and absolutely beautiful campus. Access to campus and hospital gym. Durham is a medium sized city, the area is a nice place to live and affordable. Great bar, restaurant and arts scene. In the same metropolitan area as Raleigh and Chapel Hill and close to a major airport
Currently q5-6 with a centralized call pool. Will likely get better as program is planning to expand to 4 residents/year given the clinical volume. Home call, with no post-call days off, which is not ideal, but likely not as busy overnight as at programs that get more trauma
Fairly standard, limited behavioral questions. Of note, rotators in the past do not have to formally interview and are ranked based on sub-I performanceN/A
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Geisinger Health SystemResidents were friendly and unpretentious. Attendings were more formal but the interviews still casual. The PD was pretty dry. Good training in general ENT but they do have all specialties, no fellows. They still send residents to many fellowships. Light on flaps but the residents were all happy with that. Research is clinically focused. Very nice considering it is very rural. The town is quiet but the residents seem well known at the local pub. Residents are very friendly with residents from other services. Area seems very white, Christian, with little diversity. Call is Q3, home call for 2s and 3s with 4s and 5s as backup - but they say they are rarely up all night. 9 interviews with 1 interviewer per room for the most part. There was a long break somewhere in the middle of the day. Continental breakfast. Hearty buffet lunch.Yes, the night before. Buffet-style full dinner at the hotel with residents and faculty. The residents take you to the pub in town afterwards. They pay for your one night at the hotel! Only place I interviewed that did that.
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Geisinger Health SystemResidents are very close to one another given how small the program is. The younger attendings were very nice. The older attendings, in particular the program director, were not friendly, flat affect, etcAll subspecialties are not represented, they are about to lose a peds attending leaving them with only one, they have a fantastic plastics attending, they are looking for a new chair Danville is a tiny city. My impression is that you shouldn't come here single. That said, for couples and families it is a very affordable spot with beautiful land very nearby which could be nice to take advantage of! Easier than many15 minutes, about 8-9 faculty one on oneYes, at the hotel. Very nice dinner but it dragged on because you end up staying at your table and only meeting those you are sitting with. This was at the end of the interview trail for many students so our small talk skills were trickling down. They cover hotel costs! Very kind.
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George Washington UniversityIncredibly nice residents- they all got along very well- all male except for one. All attendings (maybe +/- 1) were male as well. That said, incredibly nice attendings. PD was eclectic. Very good training, they get to go to the Children's hospital, have a variety of clinical sitesDC is a fantastic city, facilities were varied and along the Metro!Good lifestyleA number of faculty interviews with 1-2 faculty, chicken dissectionYes
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Georgetown University HospitalReally great. The residents I met during the social before knew my application and this was amazing to me. Additionally they were all friendly and welcoming. The faculty were also very welcoming and felt dedicated to education. COCLIA was invented here for exampleNIH is around and plenty of other research is available Very good overall. You would train at both Medstar georgetown and Medstar DC centerHome call while at Georgetown, in house at DC center, seemed to be very balanced. The lifestyle can take a hit as DC is expensive to liveInterviews with faculty either one or two, with additional room with the 3rd years Yes at a bocce/bar in Georgetown, before the IV, I loved it immensely.
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Georgetown University HospitalI got a weird vibe from this program. Some of the attendings were really intense and very skeptical of why people would want to go here (not confident in their reputation) and some of the residents complained on the tour (really the only program where I saw that).Training seemed pretty good, research is definitely not up to snuff with a lot of other programs. They're working on it, but the lack of research seems to hold them back somewhat.The facilities are pretty rundown, but they are building a new building that should be awesome. This should open up in 3-4 years. As georgetown medstar hospital is pretty old and cramped (smallest patient rooms I've ever seen), this should be quite the update. Tough residency, pretty brutal call. Two hospitals to cover with so few residents makes life pretty difficult, but residents seemed to enjoy DC despite this.Interview structure was pretty typical -- some behavioral interview questions but mostly just getting to know the candidates. One otology room was really intense and the chair interview felt kind of awkward, but otherwise there was nothing remarkable. It was about 3 hours of interviews followed or preceded by a nice lunch of mediterranean food.I could not make the social event due to travel timing.
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Georgetown University HospitalAttendings all seemed very nice. I had heard that the residents created a very malignant atmosphere and this definitely came through on interview day. Not a group I would want to spend 5 years with.Research was not well discussedDC is a night city, facilities seemed nice, they mentioned that many of their sites do not have an electronic medical record (big negative in my opinion)Bad, they have in-house call for "airway" at one of their sites which is not typically busy (seems unnecessary and yet they have it)Short, multiple faculty interviewsYesTheir students and their away rotators were all very clear about the fact that they had a very hard time working with this group of residents- very malignant and negative atmosphere. Hard to judge on interview day but hearing this kind of thing from multiple students on the interview rail is always a red flag!
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Georgetown University HospitalAttendings were awesome, each of the rooms I interviewed in felt like I was getting the chance to talk to someone I could really enjoy learning from over the past few years. Residents meshed well with me and I felt they were nice. Definitely liked that they had the 3rd years interview us rather than the chiefs. All of them also seemed to be very approachable, from the interns to the 5s. Didn't necessarily meet everyone, but I also didn't go to the dinner for this one so that's also a chance that more of them would have been there than I met. That being said, I felt like the residents hadn't even met each other before on that day. Probably the least-cohesive group I interacted with, however they still gave the impression of being people that were fun to be around.Doesn't seem to be the greatest but definitely your best option in DC. The big issue is having Hopkins only an hour away so a lot of the huge cases go there. They are the best training in DC though which I thought was a nice We only got to see one of the hospitals but it was nothing to write home about, pretty straight forward overall. As for Washington DC: yes, it's insanely expensive to live here for the basic costs of living such as food, utilities, rent and such. However, beyond those basic anemities there are a lot of things in D.C. which are free (museums, zoo etc). I think that would make the time outside the hospital a little more relaxing. A very clean city overall, especially considering the size. Good outdoor activities and a nice variety of seasons. Very walkable city as well. I would find it very hard to believe anyone who lives in this city and is any form of a city person would have anything but love for the city. Public transit in the city was a dream, but unfortunately the main hospital isn't on the metro so you need a car, notably for call. On days it doesn't rain, you could ride a bike or walk depending on where you live.More intense than the average residency I would say. Call is Q3 PGY 2-3 and about Q8 during the PGY4 year as primary call. They're spread quite thin and the call nights seemed intense, especially give the Q3 frequency. 8ish rooms with 1-2 attendings per room. One of the better ideas I saw on the interview trail was in their resident room where they had the PGY3s interview us rather than the 5s.There was a dinner at a bar/bowling alley the night before. I was unfortunately unable to make it but a friend of mine from the interview trail went and said it was one of the nicer ones she got to go to.Rotate through 5 different hospitals but one (Children's National) is only for 2 months and the private hospital is only for 4 months. Really that only makes it 3, but it seemed a bit like they were stretched out and I really couldn't see an advantage to all of the rotations necessarily other than complicating call and such. Residents seemed to think it diversified their teaching opportunities, which could be true.
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Indiana University School of MedicineAttendings were mostly younger. Considering the size of the departmennt, probably the youngest faculty I saw on the trail. Very approachable for the most part with a few exceptions (operative word being few, 1 maybe 2). Residents were definitely not a cohesive group, didn't seem to mesh well or really hang out. Knew only limited amounts about each others lives and such. However, still nice people. Just probably not a program where everyone is best friends and hangs out on the weekends and after work.Probably the biggest surprise I've had on the trail in terms of the program and my impression of it going in. This is absolutely a program which is increasing in its surgical volume (they are planning on expanding their program to 4/yr likely next application cycle) and research production. I have very little doubt this is a program that will steadily be moving up the rankings throughout the next few years. Lots of young, new attendings which could be a good thing or a bad thing. Only 2 of the ~20 attendings have been with the program for more than 7 or so years. Dr. Couch (chair) and Dr. Shipchandler (PD) were genuinely two of the most approachable people I met on the interview trail. I have no doubt they have a deep concern for the training provided here and are actively going to improve the opportunities to the residents. There is a VA and a county hospital which seemed a bit redundant for training but the county hospital is gorgeous and other than the patient population seemed more like a private one. Riley is an okay location for peds, only 2 attendings and it's mostly basic stuff. They are the only level 3 trauma center and only academic health system in the state, but residents voiced that they lose complex cases to OSU, Cincy, Michigan, some of the Chicago programs and even Louisville. Again, that's probably something that's likely to change in the coming future. Strong in head and neck, weak in peds and facial plastics.The main hospitals they cover are connected by a monorail which was cool to ride on but other than that, not a whole lot in terms of shiny, new stuff. The county hospital was actually the nicest one they go to, and all of them are connected pretty easily. Not in the greatest part of town, but it's a city hospital so you're going to get that regardless. Indy is a pretty nice place to live. Still on the up and coming in terms of cities, but seems to be getting there. Hasn't made the cultural advances of some of the other midwest cities (Cincinnati, Kansas City, Cleveland) over the past few years but seems to be improving nonetheless. Definitely wouldn't be a bad place to live at all and the size makes it such that travel within the city isn't hard. Many places to own.Call is Q5-6 home call covering 4 hospitals. The operative volume is really high here so I'm sure that transfers to a more intense schedule, but the residents had a lot of us talking at once so we didn't really get to discuss a whole lot. Seemed like they were all happy they ended up there, but definitely got the sense from many that they were tired.8 or so rooms with 2-3 attendings per room and a resident room. Met with all of the attendings which was pretty cool.Dinner before at a local place, nothing too special, kinda loud though.
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Johns Hopkins UniversityAwesome- residents are treated as colleagues. For an east coast program, no hierarchy/formalityProbably one of the best- especially for going into academicsBaltimore is Baltimore. It's not fantastic, but seems like lots of restaurants, bars, liveable. Hospital has new facilities and old parts too. Night float!10-12 1 or 2 person interviewssocial at four seasons restaurant- I enjoyed it
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Kaiser Permanente Medical Group (Northern California)They like to have fun and laugh. I enjoyed spending time with them, seemed like a good group. Excellent training in general ENT, clinical research. They don't currently have neurosurgery at their main site so do not do some of the more complex cases interfacing with neurosurg. Nice facilities and location. Always building in the area - Kaiser owns a lot there. A huge plus for Oakland is the diversity. It is also very close to cool places like Berkley, SF. I was surprised but Berkley was literally just down the street ~10 minutes away. The traffic is a downside of course. Cost of living is high but you are paid the best out of any other residency, I think. Downside is definitely the drive to other locations, some 45 minutes away. They are working on this and giving residents more flexibility in later years as to where they want to spend their time. The usual. There was a break with a soap carving session. They say that some faculty don't even look at the carvings, though some still do. If you interview here, definitely read the paper that they published on their soap carving skills test. There was a trip to a local fancy club for tea/drinks during the middle of interviews. Social event at a Japanese restaurant with a cool patio after the interview. Attended by residents, a few faculty and the chair. They also took us out to lunch for free during interview day. People love the Kaiser system and once you are in it, it is easier to get a job with Kaiser.
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Louisiana State University (Shreveport)Their chair is incredibly nice and seemed to set a great tone for the program. Their residents were very nice though some seemed unhappy to be in Shreveport. They discussed their research at length, seem to be doing quite a bit of it for those interested.Shreveport is not the greatest city but it is close to Dallas and New Orleans. If you come here with family or in a couple, should be an okay place to be. Very reasonableOne on one with faculty (15 minutes), the PD didn't ask even a single question (only "any questions for me?")Yes
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Loyola UniversityExtremely nice group of people with the residents and the attendings. Truly a group of people that not only gets along very well, but works enormously well and support each other.Clinical training is very good here. There is a lot of autonomy but doesn't seem to be overbearing to the point where the residents feel like they have to learn on their own. Pediatrics seems to be a relative weakness however they just brought on Paul Jones who has big plans to expand it. All other areas well-represented. This is likely the most well-rounded of the Chicago programs, because they're the only one with a Level 1 Trauma center at the main hospital, and because they own the western suburbs. All others are much closer to downtown. Research is still in the process of developing, but they have a pretty set research rotation in a good basic science lab at the VA. Huge city, lots to do but you pay for it; there are plenty of opportunities. Standard problems of scale and traffic for a city of that size. Everyone here speaks very highly of the city and are mostly here because they wanted to be in Chicago. Different feels and costs in different communities. Would depend on particular matching location. Great arts, food, sports, culture, museums and sightseeing opportunities.Call is Q6 in-house for PGY2 and PGY3, in house, Q3 weeks for seniors from home. Seems to have pretty good lifestyle during the days they're at the hospital too and none of them felt burnt out. I personally thought that in house call was an advantage rather than a disadvantage but that's not necessarily true for everyone.There were about 7 or 8 rooms (some interviewees had more, some less) which had one attending in each room. Everyone got to interview with the PD and chair, other rooms were variable. Interview was only a half day which was really nice.Drinks and a few appetizers at a BBQ bar nearby immediately following the interview day. The PD (Dr. Thorpe) popped in for a little while, but mostly just to say hi, have a drink, then leave. Each residency has a certain feel and personality to it and, as was pointed out last year, this one has a very blue-collar feel to it. Everyone here is very down to earth, not going to go for tons of honor and they won't put each other down. They work hard and play hard. They're an extremely close group, probably the closest one I saw on the interview trail. For me, these were all advantages and I ended up ranking them first.
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McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern UniversityMuch more academic feel than other programs, haven't had someone go directly into practice in 10+ years, barely 1 a year before that going back to 2000. Highly emphasizes research and academic pursuits following graduation. Residents seemed nice enough, however faculty weren't the most available and welcoming I've interacted with. Welcoming presentation didn't provide a ton of information beyond what was listed on their website and felt very superficial. Almost got a sense they weren't giving an totally descriptive impression of the program but certainly not that they were necessarily hiding anything. Chair didn't ask any questions or allow me to ask any, pretty much just talked to me for the 20 minute interview which gave good insight but wasn't exactly what I was explicitly hoping for. Not many residents present at the interview day, few attendings, the residents did pop in between cases when they could but seemed burnt out.Seems good enough. They seemed to exude an unfounded confidence when referring to their training which was a bit of an off-putting experience to be honest. I interviewed at all the Chicago programs and the other ones were very realistic about the problems faced by a program in the city, while NW said it wasn't a problem because they insisted that they were the best at everything. Far and away the best peds training in Chicago with Lurie next door, rhinology is also very strong. Weaknesses are flaps, otology and facial plastics. Research is big here and the PD "selects for people who want to go into fellowship". Some of the residents felt it was more pushing by him after they were in there though. Overall, the training is likely still one of the better ones in Chicago. Most of the people I talked to outside of Chicago listed NW and Loyola as the two best in Chicago and I think it lives up to that. The hospital itself and the location are fantastic. Lurie is new, Memorial is new and even Cook County Hospital isn't that old. The NW medical campus is also located right smack in the middle of downtown which was fantastic. It certainly would cost a lot to live there, but to have the best part of one of the biggest cities in the country right below your hospital is certainly something. They also have a lot of well-lit areas in the hospital so I felt that was a positive for all of the time that you would end up spending in the hospital.Call seems very intense and like, although it's home call, they spend most of the night in the hospital. Considering the lack of affordable housing within the area near the hospital, this would make call nights very long unless you were willing to sleep in the hospitals. Broken down: Q4.5 at Memorial Hospital (25 months) Q5 at Cook County (16 months) Q3 at Lurie (6 months). Residents were split; some seemed pretty burned out while others seemed to be very upbeat, however we only met about 4 or 5 residents total. Overall, I would say they tended more on the side of burned out when it comes to residents I interacted with.8 rooms 1 on 1 interviews. 1 room with the chair, 1 with PD, 1 with aPD, 1 with a chief and then 4 other rooms (for us, 6 of the 8 rooms were rhinologists). Morning interviews, lunch then an early afternoon tour and the day was done. Not a full day which I appreciated.Our social event was the evening after and McCormick and Schmick. Just appetizers and wine, very low key. Only 3 residents showed up the whole time which was odd but they did mention that it was a busier operative day. I don't know how the other interview days went.The PD seemed like an extraordinary teacher and I think he and the aPD were probably the highlights of the entire day. Both wonderful, down-to-earth people who are very cool. One of the odd things that I experienced was that multiple people asked in different ways for their case numbers and they skirted the question every time, saying something to the effect of "We meet all the requirements." Honestly I think it comes down to the fact that for the prestige of the program and the confidence they put out, I expected a bit more.
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Medical College of GeorgiaThe residents were very nice and seemed like a cool group. I did feel, however, that the faculty seemed over the interview process. They did not seem interested it what I had to say, which seemed weird to me. It was a little disappointingThe training quality and operative volume seems great.Augusta is tough, mostly because it is so difficult to travel anywhere else.The call schedule seemed great! Also a nice perk to have free food always availablePretty standard interview structure.It was a sit-down dinner with individual meals. It was really really good. I honestly had hoped for better from the program. The whole interview day seemed off, and it seemed like a total boys club.
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Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated HospitalsOne of the nicest groups of residents I met. All very genuine, we talked about their kids and their families, what they do and actual parts of their lives rather than just superficial factors. They were all a very close-knit group but extremely family-oriented (lots of married +/- kids in the program) so if you're interested in that this place would absolutely be for you. Maybe not the group to go clubbing with if you're looking for that though. Attendings were very approachable and very welcoming. PD and chair are both fantastic and all the attendings seemed to have read my application which was a nice change. I think that if I were here I would lead a very happy life with a lot of people around me who I would mesh well with and would be extremely supportive.Overall pretty well-rounded. Lots of peds time, some of the rotations seems to still need some room to develop (FPRS notably). They currently don't have a flap surgeon but said they are recruiting one. Flaps aren't my favorite surgeries so I wasn't put off by this but, even if they get one, this isn't going to be a program in the next few years that's going to have 3+ flaps a week. Head and neck is still strong, just in the areas other than flaps. Do some resections, but a lot of times plastics does the flap. Research is 3 months totally dedicated and 2 months with part-time VA clinic. Standalone pediatric hospital which is a very strong one. VA experience as well which in my opinion is a positive. Very strong in pediatrics, working on improving their H&N (specifically flaps) and their FPRS (chair is taking more administrative duties and less clinical).Good city, mid-sized midwestern city where everyone seems really nice and accomodating. Probably very bustling in the summer but hard to tell in the winter because it's so cold. Good cultural scene and food. Downtown is a nice area. Low cost of living if you're in a suburb but in the downtown area 1br apartments still run around 1500-2000 so doesn't seem to be a cost savings there. I stayed in a hotel downtown and spent $25 just to park overnight, not that much for a big city, but seemed a bit steep for what I expected from a midwestern one this size. Regardless, based on the amount of money you make here that's hardly a big concern.
The hospital has recently been redone almost all over and was incredible. Beautiful with lots of natural light and the clinic is very nice.
Resident lifestyle is obviously very important here and they take that into consideration very heavily. The program director and the chair are very serious about not allowing duty hour violations. Call seems variable (as usual), but residents said there have been some home call nights they haven't come in, not THAT uncommonly. Also the call schedule is a bit involved so bear with me on this:
PGY1- Work 2 weekends per month 7am-7pm
PGY2- 6 months in-house, 6 months home call, both 4/month
PGY3- Home call 4/month
PGY4- Home call 3-4/month
PGY5- Backup for their service
All PGY2-4 cover all 3 hospitals 1-2 weekends per month
A pretty standard set of questions with 1 attending in each room. Everyone meets with the PD and the chair and after that, it's pretty much random. One of the attendings will make you play guitar if you put that on your application. There was both a miniature social event with beer and some appetizers at the hospital immediately after we were done with with interview and one afterwards at a downtown bar. The attendings were at the hospital event but the bar event was residents only. Everyone was extremely nice and the beer was obviously great (Milwaukee).Considering the cost of living, the intern salary of close to 60k with an additional $1,500 a year as "spending money" was probably near the highest. Everyone here was fantastic and though the money shouldn't be a reason to pick a residency program, it showed me that they were actually willing to put their money where their mouth was on their care for, and value of, their residents.
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Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Incredibly nice residents and attendings, everyone was very friendly and positiveWonderful place to train, all subspecialties covered, Great training with a very wide array of patients- primarily working in the BronxDifficult because you take call at a number of different hospitals in the Bronx (have to drive- mandatory to have a car). That said, they have a substantial budget given for food and they get free hospital parking in the Bronx! They also have subsidized housing for a very cheap rate (but the spot is across the hospital and feels like a college dorm). 1-2 faculty, 15 minYes, not very helpful, appetizers and beer
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New York University School of MedicineEclectic faculty, hard to get a good feel but not the friendliest bunch
Residents seemed nice enough but again not the friendliest
Very strong training and research all around- top notch program. Very diverse training sites from public (Bellevue) to private, etc. They are not lacking in any subspecialty- in fact, on interview day their presentation is about 3 hours long because you hear from every subspecialty team.Tough call schedule and lifestyle, not sure how these residents survive in Manhattan on the resident salary, none have carsFaculty for 15 minutes, two resident rooms with great gamesYes, not worth going to- just drinks and very difficult to chat with faculty and residents due to the small bar sizeLots of away rotators here
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Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical CenterNice residents, you get to meet the other incoming R1 because they come in as a researcher for one year before they begin
Very nice faculty- both PD and chair were very kind and charismatic
Well rounded though not a very diverse patient population given the locationVery nice facilities, Harrisburg and Hershey are not the greatest cities but they are incredibly close to a number of big citiesGood lifestyleOne-on-one facultyYes at a brewery, worth going to
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Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolAttendings seemed a bit aloof but the chair was very approachable and someone I would truly enjoy spending time with as a resident. Residents were pretty nice and seemed to interact well with each other and even the interns seemed to hold some sort of relationship with the attendings which I thought was really good. Seem to almost all be from the greater NYC area, which could be selection on either side, it was hard to tell. At the dinner before they were all very pleasant and affable, but some of them did randomly leave in the middle of dinner and considering it was a sit-down type of meal, it was noticeable. My big concern with the department overall was that I got the impression that most of the clinical and research experience depends on Eloy. It worried me to have a residency so dependent on one person like that, but the rhinology experience really does seem to be exceptional. Overall a good training environment though. I think they're better than their Doximity ranking (100 in 2016-2017) seemed to indicate. The hospital that we saw (University Hospital) is very par for the course. Nothing too fancy, nothing decrepit. A standard city hospital with standard city hospital advantages and disadvantages. Newark is everything it's cut out to be. As someone not from the area I tried to keep an open mind about it but it really is what you'd expect. ..It is near NYC though which is nice. An odd concept to need 30+ minutes to drive 5-10 miles esp. when home call requires a car, but could be worse. NYC has incredible benefits though and everywhere the residents live (mostly Jersey City), is really nice. Likely the most expensive to live in out of all East Coast cities.Per chief they are "very busy". Home call with car required, Hackensack hospital is lighter than others. May not take call on any of your patients (You can be at Hackensack and take call at UH/VA and vice versa). Normal hours, flaps go late, otherwise may be 6-7 leaving at night, in at a normal time and such.1 on 1 interviews with most of the department and time in between for the residents to interact with us. Lots of food, coffee and such in the break room which was good. Residents were almost all there.Yes, and they had by far the most impressive social event I went to. A beautiful view of downtown Manhattan at night from right on the river on the Jersey side. Delicious steak dinner with appetizers, and unlike other sit-down dinners the residents bounced around so we all got a chance to talk to them. Only downside was the few residents that left as I mentioned above, but overall fantastic.Absolutely do not rule this program out because of their ranking. I strongly feel this is a program that is not just expanding (everyone says they're "growing"), but also improving. I was not as keen on NYC as others, but if you want to be in or near a big city, this program outshone many of the NYC programs in terms of their personalities and the approachability of the attendings and camaraderie among the residents.
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Rutgers New Jersey Medical SchoolTerrible. I decided not to rank due to this. Multiple of my interviewers were abrasive (did not happen ANYWHERE else, so I don't think it's a problem with me). When someone asked the residents if they hang out the response we got was along the lines of "I see them enough, I don't want to hang out with them outside of being at the hospital."Research - unclear. Training I think is decent. I truly believe there isn't a bad ENT program.I didn't think the hospital condition was going to be a factor for me, but the hospital felt like a prison. The area around the hospital was downright terrifying. None of the residents live in Newark though.Didn't seem terrible, but this wasn't exactly clear~8 Interviews with 1-2 faculty members each.Couldn't attend
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Southern Illinois UniversityNice attendings
Residents were not very outgoing
They recently had a resident leave because he was unable to get his number. This is a red flag. They didn't seem to be worried about that anymore because they added a new connection with a community provider.Springfield is a nice small small town- best for couples and families.Very nice facilities. Very impressive simulation lab where you can get cadavers set up for practice etc. very accessible. Good lifestyleFaculty (2-3 per room) one with a residentYes with residents only, not worth attending (residents were not very outgoing)
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Stanford UniversityFaculty were very nice with some good conversation during interviews
Residents seemed to be mainly from California, not a very interesting bunch
Tremendous research and product design- that is the focus of this program

Clinically, really do not have a lower income community to serve but they seem to get their numbers. If you are looking for a more diverse patient population, this is not the place for you. Further, they have SEVEN fellows.
Palo Alto and the Bay Area are spectacular- great amount of networking to be done in this area!They do overnight shifts which they say has helped improve their resident QOLAll chiefs in one room with no questions for you (very awkward), faculty had about 3 per room and were very niceYes, only residents, at a bar with good food
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Temple University HospitalThe attendings were a really good group of people. I feel like they really seemed to be supportive and are clearly moving the program in the right direction very steadily. Other than one or two of them, all were very easy to talk to and were people I would have hoped to be able to spend some time around. I didn't quite feel the same way about the residents however. It seemed like a very non-cohesive group with some of them cutting the others off and all seemed very much like they didn't know each other very well. It may have been a bad day that I caught them on but it really did seem like the weak point of the program was the residents and their interactions.It seems to be improving. It's not there yet but I really felt like it was somewhere on the rise, and somewhere my home adviser thought was really improving. The program is improving their research credentials but is a more clinically oriented program. There are a lot of different sites that they rotate at which I felt like divided things up not only in terms of the experience, but in terms of consistency. They've improved their peds experience and their otology (no longer necessary to go out to Pittsburgh for numbers, but they still do because the residents like it). FPRS and laryngology still have some improvement but the chair seems to be set on making the program one of great caliber and I can absolutely see it's heading that way.Philadelphia is a great city, the area around Temple is definitely one of the rougher parts of the city though. Heard from residents about how multiple times a year there were actually bullets that hit the hospital. The Broad St. Line of the subway runs right up to the hospital though so it wouldn't be like you needed to live there. That's also only where Temple Hospital was. They rotate at about 4 different hospitals so I don't know what is around those ones, but they seem to be similar. There is a brand new medical school building but the hospital is not as new. Not bad, not great, just an aspect.Call is Q4 for PGY2 and 3 from home covering 4 hospitals. This requires driving around between them which probably wouldn't be as much of a problem if it weren't for the hospitals being located in Philly. I can't imagine it's much of a problem at 3am, but in the evenings it can take upwards of 30 minutes between the places which seems like a rough night. Because they're so limited (2/yr) there really isn't an opportunity to take an easier post-call day if it's a hard night and they regularly spend a lot of time in the hospital over night (per residents). Seniors take Q3 backup call and Q4 home call for the community hospital as primary call. One of the rougher ones that I looked at.6 or so rooms with 1-2 faculty per room. Pretty standard questions, nothing too stressful. Interviews were nice and plenty of times for questions after.Yes, it was before at a BBQ place in center city. It seemed odd that it was literally across the street from Jefferson University Hospital, but that's the problem with the location as I mentioned above. Residents weren't very friendly towards each other, it was sit-down dinner style so there weren't many options to meet with multiple residents.
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Thomas Jefferson UniversityAmazing residents and attendings really seemed to careTop notch clincial volume with over 3000 cases logged as resident surgeon, Research could be lacking in basic sciencesVery impressive, peds is different location but not too far away Philadelphia is awesome Overall great Interviews in the morning with a select number of faculty including chair and PD and APDYes after at a bar with some good dinner. Overall great impression though it seemed like there were not as many residents as there were during the day
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Thomas Jefferson UniversityThese residents were the most entertaining that I met, really fun people that have a good time. Attendings were all friendly and I could see myself working with them. These guys operate like mad. Probably one of the best operative experiences that I saw. Well represented in all subspecialties. This program is know to crank out high quality surgeons and research is not as heavily emphasized as it is at some of the top programs but is definitely available. There is little to no clinic time, which could be a pro or a con.This program is in a great part of Philly and it would be a lot of fun to live here. Facilities seemed nice. One of the downsides would be commuting to Delaware during your peds rotation. These people work very hard but at the same time are very happy. I don't remember exact call schedule but it is one of the best in the country given the large size of the program.These were some of my favorite interviews. Really no true interview questions and more so getting to know each other. Social event the night of at a local restaurant, which was a lot of fun.
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Tufts Medical CenterResidents seemed tired. Program felt small, don't feel like I met many residents. Attendings seemed normal. Good, not too amazing. Very good operative experience in general ENT. Pretty nice main hospital. You go to other sites, including one 45 minutes away in Rhode Island. Boston has high cost of living and the traffic is terrible. Have to spend a good amount of time, many months, in Rhode Island and you can either commute, or stay there. Call seemed tiring, but when is it not?There was a skill session including suturing, fine motor skills, and soap carving - but they claimed it would have no effect. It was mainly to take up time during some long breaks. The long breaks made the day feel long. Social event at a restaurant ~1 mile away the night of the interview. Buffet style (I think?) but plenty to eat. Good beer. It seemed like many of the residents were from Tufts or places close by.
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Tulane UniversityIncredibly nice and fun residents! Best social event on the trail! Very outgoing and open residents (the chiefs actually got married!). Faculty were very nice- tough interviews but nice people.More of a clinical program than research. Excellent variety with brand new facilities.Beautiful facilities- since Katrine they remade the hospitals and had to use 1% of the funds for art- making for an incredible sight! Very nice tour- the resident even had us go into the meditation room to hang out and relax while on the trail which was very cool. New Orleans is a spectacular city full of culture and a very diverse patient population.Tough but they end up having a good lifestyle in a great city!1 hour of interviews so each room has about 4 people (one room is residents).Yes- very worth going to- was at a hotel to start with dinner then off to a bar
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Tulane UniversityThe residents were a great group, very laid back and seem to get along well. Attendings were all pretty relaxed and seemed to be close with the residents. Research is flexible (e.g. one resident worked on patenting something during that time). Training I think is top notch, I was very impressed. Residents were very confident in their surgical skills and got fantastic fellowships.Majority of training is at Oschner. Residents all seemed to like New Orleans. Brand new VA that will probably be one of the busiest in the country.Home call, but the residents don't seem to mind. Didn't seem overworked, and all seemed genuinely happy.4 interviews with 2-3 attendingsYes, the night before. Probably one of the best social events. Great food, very casual. PD & attendings all came as well as residents. PD gave a brief presentation, then faculty left and we went out with residents. Really fun group.Pleasantly surprised, ranked much higher than I thought I would going into it.
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University at ArizonaOverall there was a good relationship, obvious that they had mutual respectThe training quality is questionable, they are trying to go from crawling to running, trying to go from brand new program to premier. There is clearly a lot of pressure to build up the program in terms of research, there appears to be good resource, but seem like they are trying to do too much too soon. There is no independent research block, the research time still has clinical responsibilities 2 days out of the week.Facilities are old, but they are building brand new hospital, however because the residency program is new they don't have an independent clinic, the space is part of a multi-specialty clinic. but again there is a promise of new clinic space...They work hard! any call schedule will be difficult with on 5 residents in entire programTraditional, one-on-one and a couple of two-on-on interviews: There were some red flags: one interview was an attending and resident, they seemed to be playing good cop/bad cop. PD had a weird interview: talked about letting her intern start a neck dissection unsupervised on day 3 or residency, said she needed someone she could trust....not sure if she was fishing for interviewee to state they would be uncomfortable doing a neck dissection on day 3!! but she didn't give time to respond to that statement.Social at Bar, the night before. They interview ALOT of people ~ 35 for one slot, but everyone was nice enough. There was something off about the residents, not sure how their chemistry is, but something is weird.
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University of California (San Diego)One of the best experiences I had. Everyone knew my application well. Residents seemed to be amongst the happiest I saw on the trail.Good Mix of every subspecialty with strengths in otology and facial plastics.New Jacobs hospital is super nice. Very beautiful city with a ton of outdoor activities.All the residents emphasized that they were very happy with the program and had a good work-life balance and were friendly with faculty.Half day interviews; Other half tour.After the interview. Enjoyed the event; the residents seemed to have a great rapport with each other and were very friendly toward the applicants.Only real knock on the program (if that) is the 6 years otherwise it has a great mix of surgical training, hospital locations, and the best culture I saw on the trail.
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University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine
Residents were very chill and nice. There is excellent mentoring for female residents. The faculty were very welcoming and talked to me like they really wanted me there, telling me who I should try to do research with, etc. High quality, well established. They host many courses that residents from other institutions attend. There are many fellows but they claim that they are well established and that they use fellows appropriately. Residents had no complaints about the fellows.Nice facilities. Associated Children's and VA hospital. There are some parts of the city that are still quite depressed but there is a lot of rebuilding going on. The city has a lot of character. Very affordable. They do a night float month - you are on night call for one month then you don't come in on nights during the week at all otherwise. I think they are also in the work hours study so have some long weekends. But the residents seemed to really like their call system. There was a good mix of residents who were more social and some who were more family oriented.Residents took us on a driving tour or the city which was very helpful. Social even was the night before at a brewery, with mainly residents. Appetizers only. Good beer. The most well organized interview day, by far. The program coordinator is a rock star.
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University of Cincinnati Medical Center/College of Medicine
Very positive. Every resident I met was extremely welcoming and despite the fact that the interview day was a Saturday, as far as I could tell every resident was there. One resident was on vacation but even made sure to come to the dinner early enough that we would all get a chance to talk to him before he left town. The attendings were also very nice, one or two were more serious but certainly not mean. Residents all seemed to support each other and you could tell during the group times that the attendings were very close to the residents and knew a lot about them and cared. A bit more laid back of a group, doesn't seem to be a place that necessarily has a very competitive environment, which for me I liked but I know there are people who thrive in that kind of community.Seems spectacular and very well rounded. Obviously the best pediatric training in the country but everything else doesn't take a hit or anything secondary to that. Tons and tons of research money on both the adult and pediatric side. My impression of almost all top 20 programs is that they're fantastic and very well-rounded. The differences are in their particular strengths which at Cincinnati was otology and pediatrics. Skull base is probably their least well-developed one, but it's still great. Adult hospital was a bit older, but not bad. Children's hospital was incredible, new, shiny and very nice. Near the college campus and very easy to get to. Residents took us on a driving tour of the city which I thought was a nice touch. I didn't necessarily have a fantastic impression of Cincinnati, but they certainly made it seem like an awesome place. Cost of living is very low here and everything the city has to offer actually really surprised me. Has its bad areas too, but everyone in my interview day who lived in Cincinnati in the past said the city is rapidly improving. Downtown area is gorgeous and in terms of the city itself, a few other programs even said "Well, if you've been in Cincinnati we're not quite there, but we're trending in that direction."Call is night float during the week with 3 call shifts on the weekends. Weekends are Q4 during buddy call (until Thanksgiving), then PGY2s take Saturday, PGY2s and 3s split other days. After PGY2 year no holiday coverage except as backup call chief year.
Residents thought that the call schedule not only let them be home to sleep in their own beds every night, but because there was someone coming on to only cover patients over night and not a traditional call where they've worked all day, the residents get done earlier in the day since the night person can cover the normal end-of-day work. Chiefs said they can count on one hand how many times they've stayed past 8pm and staying past 6 is pretty unusual. Flaps are incredibly quick here, done by 1pm is not out of the ordinary and there are many times they're done before noon. Only other place I saw this kind of efficiency was Loyola.
Half the day spent at the children's hospital, half at the adult. Of each of those halves, half (so a quarter of the day) was spent touring the city, the other was some more information about the residents and research. Each room had 1-2 interviewers and everyone interviews with all the faculty. Pretty standard questions, good length of time.There was a dinner with appetizers and a bunch of really good beer downtown. It was the night before. It was very good. Good chance to talk to all of the residents, most brought their spouses and encouraged us to do the same. Definitely the best organized day I had. Everything was precise and well-done. As one of the residents pointed out, the people who organize and plan this day are also the people who run the residency. They all felt that Patty (the residency coordinator) did an extraordinary job and I have to say I was impressed. She
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University of ConnecticutResidents were one of the most laid back and cohesive groups on the interview trail. Genuinely nice and fun people. Attendings were all extremely friendly. They appear to have a good relationship with faculty given the small size of the program.They have very strong surgical training with no fellows so residents are able to perform some fellow level cases. Residents seemed very confident in their surgical training and there is well-balanced clinic time so that Chiefs feel comfortable in the initial work of any ENT problem upon graduating. There is no VA but rotation at St. Francis during PGY4 allows for a similar experience with lots of resident autonomy. This is not a research giant of a program but new PD this year appears to want to make this a stronger focus in the future.They cover 4 hospitals in the area (UConn, Hartford Hospital, St. Francis, and Connecticut Children's). The West Hartford area is an extremely nice suburban area with a reasonable cost of living. Lots of things to do for young singles and also married couples in the area.Call schedule is pretty typical q3-4. No trauma call, which is a pro for many. Trauma experience is all during a rotation with OMFS. Residents all seem extremely happy.Two interviewers per room. Most rooms conversational with a "theme" to each room, ie: ethical questions. Unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts.Seems to be a 50/50 split of fellowship/private practice upon graduating. Not a huge name in the ENT community but these guys know how to operate and are able to get fellowships they want (Chiefs going into neurotology and facial plastics this year).
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University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsSeemed to be great attendings. Residents seemed a little disconnected, but it is a 5 a year program with 7 year research residentsTop notch, excellent in all areas except maybe rhinology skull basePretty good, only downside for me was the outside rotations in Mason City, and Des MoinesSeemed to be top notch. NIGHT FLOAT which is a great key. Seemed top-heavy with a lot of clinic as 2s and 3s. However the ability to be in OR everyday as a 5th year was greatInterviews in morning or afternoon. Did not meet with all faculty, but everyone did meet with PD, Chair, and Vice Chair. Relaxed interviews overall maybe one or two that were more intenseYes, at a local restaurant with unlimited wine/beer. Amazing steak sit down dinner. It was the night before. I was asked during the interviews who I ate with.
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University of Kansas School of MedicineExtremely comfortable, great group of peopleVery deep on both fronts, large faculty with tremendous research supportFacilities are gorgeous, new ENT tower being built. City is nicer than one would expect...but still in Kansas.Don't recall specifically but residents do seem to work hard.~12 interviews lasting 15-20 minutes each, one formulaic question per room and standard stuff otherwiseSocial after the interview day, very nice microbrewery, fairly well attended by residentsKansas is an extremely strong program with wonderful faculty, perhaps the most complete program of the 17 I went to this year.
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University of Kansas School of MedicineFriendly, nice residents, female residents well represented. Chair is very enthusiastic and charismatic. High quality. Very nice facilities. They just built a new cancer building. Kansas City isn't bad but it is very far from pretty much everywhere. A 3 hour flight to either coast. Good if you like BBQ. Affordable. Hard to tell. The usual? 2 interviewers per room. The usual. Sit-down 3 course meal with open bar, faculty and residents all attend.
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University of Kansas School of MedicineSome of the best relationships that i have seen, very friendly, joked around together often. Would definitely be a great place to be for 5 years.Top tier, no doubts about the quality of training, very well organized research effort.Building a new ENT/Neurosurg hospital wing, KC is a lively city, affordable living, lots to do!! two call pools, very busy. But residents do seem to have plenty of balance with lifestyle.two-on-one: very insight conversations, knew applicants very well.Lunch after interviews with faculty and resident: very enjoyable, they great relationship grows toward applicant, made applicants feel very welcomed and wanted.
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University of LouisvilleThe attendings seemed kind. Dr. Bumpous may be the kindest chair I met on the interview trail. They have three new hires (that weren't there on interview day), so it would be interesting to see how they end up fitting in to the dynamic. The residents were very nice and very friendly, but something felt off. I feel like I would not have been able to fit in with the group, but that's just me. Obviously there were some worries about the faculty leaving, but it seems as though they have those holes covered and intend to continue to grow. I like Louisville a lot better than I thought I would. Good food and COL is amazing. Call seems average. I would be worried about the interactions with the general surgery department. They are known for being incredibly old-school and malignant. Same old interview schedule.The social event was the night before. There was good beer and buffet-style meal. I wish there were more vegetarian options.
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University of MichiganGreat interactions, very friendly overall. Very impressive residents, but very down to earth.
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OutstandingOutstanding but am biased as member of the midwest lifer clubSeemed to be standard with 4 residents a yearInterviews with 2 faculty in each room about 6-8 rooms. One room with chief residentsYes, it was at a pizza place after the interview.
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University of MichiganSome of the most fun residents and attendings to interact with on the trail. Faculty is really focused on resident education and well-being. Most family friendly top program that I saw.This place is an academic powerhouse with strong surgical training. These guys know how to operate and have strong exposure in every subspecialty. I loved that you can rank the 5 or 6 year research track in your preference and they only have one rank list (thought being that you should choose if you want to take the extra year). Several medical missions available and they are trying to have a rotation abroad incorporated into their curriculum (would be the first program to have this).Cover one main hospital, which is a pro. The hospital is gorgeous. Ann Arbor seems like a cool college town. Only con is that it is very cold.Call schedule was very good with a true post-call day (leave by noon). The residents were some of the happiest that I came across. You are able to moonlight and make a good amount of money on the side.Two interviewers per room with each having some ethical questions but for the most part very conversational.There was a social event the night of at a local pizza/Italian place in Ann Arbor. Many of the residents and faculty members were able to come and were all extremely friendly and all love the area and program.One of the best programs in the country and it is very to easy to see why after visiting. You can do anything coming out of this program and it would be an amazing place to be for 5-6 years.
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University of MinnesotaI only interacted with a couple residents. Love the faculty though. Honest and straightforward.Very high quality training. One of the few residencies where you can get good experience with cleft palate and craniofacial abnormalities. The facilities were in the heart of the University campus, definitely had a college feel. There was more traffic than I expected. Otherwise I hear the city is great. Winters are hard but summers are really beautiful. Relatively affordable but not as affordable as some places I interviewed.There are different sites throughout the city but you usually don't have to go back and forth to different sites on call. There is one call pool where this happens but you are rarely called in to the VA. The usual.Social event the night of the interview, at a restaurant downtown. Light buffet style appetizers, good beer. I think only residents came to the social event.
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University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine
Great relationships, every clearly work well together.Vastly improving, this program has been reving up over the past 5 years, they are now at the top of their game.Revamped facilities: state of the art, brand new t-bone lab, brand new outpatient surgery center, and state of the art, new clinic space. Omaha is a nice city, not too big, but has everything. Great schools for families, low cost of living (yet high resident pay), affordable homes.Great balance, residents get to spend a lot of time enjoying themselves.Unique: each room was a different station: literature analysis, role playing, ethics questions, problem solving, cooperation with other interviewees. Overall, one of the best interview experiences. Attending were genuinely interested in applicants.Night before, downtown restaurant, Resident have a good relationship, one weird R2, not sure about what was going on, but over all good bunch
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University of New MexicoThe residents seemed like a good group, and that they were very close with the attendings. PD and Chair both were very relatable. The surgical training seemed excellent. The chiefs had something like 3000 cases. The city seemed great. Money goes pretty far, and there is plenty to do in the area. Smaller airport, but not a major issue.The residents seemed a bit overworked, but they still had time to do things they enjoyed.Around 8 interviews with 1-2 attendings each.Yes, after the interview. Not my favorite social, but I think that mostly has to do with being after the interview and I was tired. It was a good restaurant, but being a smaller program we were all spread out and couldn't talk much with the residents.Would not be at all upset about matching here.
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University of North Carolina HospitalsFun group of residents and very friendly attendings. Wake Med guys were some of my favorite and would really enjoy training with them.This is a very academic program and they emphasized being at the cutting edge in the field. Training is very much focused on developing future leaders that are innovators in the field, which is a pro for me but the heavy research focus may be more of a con to some. Some very cool head and neck epidemiology work and lots of basic science and clinical projects in neurotology. Otology experience is very strong with Pillsbury at the helm. He will be stepping down in the next few years so there is some uncertainty there. However they are recruiting new neurotologists right out of fellowship at Vanderbilt, which will be an incredible asset in years to come.Chapel Hill is a very livable area with a low cost of living. UNC hospital is very nice. Wake Med is in Raleigh and some rotations are out there, which seems like a good experience with lots of operative autonomy. However this comes at the price of having to travel for a good part of residency. This is a separate call pool and is where most of the trauma experience is.Seems like you will work hard here but residents are very happy. Call is more frequent at Wake Med but there are separate pools.Around 10 interviews with two faculty members per room. I had heard horror stories of around 20 interviews in the past, which changed this year. Most are conversational with only a couple of rooms asking specific interview type questions. Talked about research a lot. The other half of the day was spent in the sim lab with faculty and residents doing simulation of endoscopic sinus, myrigotomy, micro vascular etc, which was a lot of fun.Social event was at Spanky's, a local restaurant and bar. Great food and great people. Having experienced this program first hand, I did not see any signs of maligancy that have been voiced on some forums. Students and people that did away rotations there also corroborated this. Would be very lucky to train here.
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University of RochesterVery chill residents. Chair and PD were quite awkward but they seem dedicated to the program and want to improve. High quality research - some fancy vestibular stuff. Training seems good. Have heard the H&N attendings are unfriendly but they have a couple cool laryngologists.Great if you don't want a huge city. Hard to judge. The usual: interview w/ 2 faculty for 20 minutes, rotate to next room. Maybe 8-10 interviews. Social event with just residents the night before (nothing free). On the day of, they provide a good lunch in a restaurant and an evening social event with residents and faculty.Starting in 2018 they will have 3 residents a year.
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University of RochesterThey seem to have a healthy relationship.Residents seemed very well trained, confident with their abilities. Well organized research effort.UR hospital is a mix between old and new facilites.They seem to have a good balance, they residents ensure that they take care of each other.One-on-one: however it was hit or miss, the interview with PD and Chair was awkward, some attendings were quite and just asked if you had question, some of the younger attendings were very engaged and insightful during the interview.Resident only social the night before: great opportunity to talk, residents have a great relationship, very supportive of each other. Second social with attendings after interviews: good interaction.
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University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center
Residents seemed very cool. Attendings were a good mix of young and established. Everyone was enthusiastic about the program and easy to talk to.Best research program I saw on the interview trail with tons of research opportunities. Liked the monthly anatomy dissection course and seemed to have a strong emphasis on integrating didactics with patient care.Recently built new LAC hospital looks nice and the clinics look well-equipped and seem like they've seen a lot of action (in a good way.) Campus is spacious and looks beautiful. LA is LA with tons of stuff to do.Work hard but residents seem to hang out outside the hospital and enjoy life.Interviews throughout the day with lunch and tour at mid-day.Before. Kind of a noisy venue with a long table. It was a nice place.Really impressed with this place. Faculty are a mix of big names and young hungry guys. They seem to be pushing the frontier of ENT especially in facial plastics, sleep, laryngology and neurotology. This is a program on the rise.
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University of TennesseeGood relationship, cortial No great, but the program got a new chair, will be shaking things up, changing most of the attendings. This program will likely be great in 5 years, but not there now.Lots of facilities, nice county hospital, St Judes!!! only focused Peds Head and Neck in US!!!, Memphis is not that great thought. a few good places to live, but definitely not an attractive place. the pyramid Bass pro shop was cool.Call covers a lot of spaced out location, but manageable.One on One, good experience, genuinely interested in applicants.N/A
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University of VirginiaDefinitely some good feelings from the residents overall in terms of the bulk of the class. Not a fabulous feeling from the chiefs but I wouldn't ever interact with them so not the worst. Good family atmosphere and a lot of the residents get together with their kids. Very responsive faculty to feedback and all were extremely nice. The chair seemed to have a different style from the other faculty members with an older, more traditional approach to training. That doesn't seem to have been adopted as much by other attendings or the residents which can be a plus or a minus depending on your slant.Strength in every subspecialty except for pediatrics. The fact that they're in the search for a new chair could be a negative because of the uncertainty, but will likely not be a big deal as they're a larger department. Also those of you reading this (Class of 2018) won't have to worry about a transition right before your residency, by your second year the new chair will have 3 years under his/her belt. Seem to send a lot of people to fellowship but emphasized they supported residents either way. Typical small town, but seems to have more accomodations than other small towns. Population of about 40k, but mostly a college based population. Immense history of the town and architecture of most of the area around the hospital and on the campus itself is gorgeous. Cheap to live in, but not very walkable (at least unless you live near the campus, in which case it is very walkable). Good food scene, especially for something that size. Tons of wonderful outdoor activities, would be no lack of exciting day trips around here. Everything is within 30 minutes for history and outdoor events, but doesn't have the big city components. The hospital itself was very nice, built in an old building for nice architecture but with a new inside. No standalone pediatric hospital here.Home call 6/mo PGY2, 5/mo PGY3, Q6 backup as senior. The research resident stays overnight for each flap night since they do flap checks often, and then subsequently takes call for that night. 2 attendings per room, you either interviewed in the first half of the day, then took a tour of the facilities and the outpatient office (drive there) in the afternoon or vice versa. Had a really relaxed social event with appetizers at a local bar before the interview. A lot of residents showed up, no attendings. Residents very approachable and seemed to interact a lot with each other.Dr. Kesser, the PD, seemed like an extremely approachable, genuine person. I specifically asked around my home department about him and everyone who knew him said he was just as caring and approachable of a person as he put himself out there to be on our interview day. From memory he recited a unique fact about each of us at the start of the day, then followed it up by asking us about it during the interview. Great program.
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University of VirginiaThey were great. Extremely friendly and seemed very committed to resident education.The residents seemed to really enjoy their training. Lack of fellows other than 1 otology fellow means residents cover all the cases except advanced lateral skull base. Facial plastics here is probably the best in the country for residents (Dr. Park and Christophel) and head and neck experience is similarly strong. Research is good but flies under the radar. Two nationally recognized auditory neurobiology labs, a couple head and neck labs, active engineering partnerships, and some tissue engineering labs as well as active clinical trials make research here very solid but not quite on par with the most elite programs.Nice hospital, great central location (one call pool, one hospital) with parking, Charlottesville is gorgeous and very livable. Nature is super accessible, great college BBall, excellent restaurant and brewery/vineyard scene.Home call can vary in business. Not as busy as some programs (Miami, BU, etc) but busier than others (EVMS, Duke, etc.). Call is Q4-Q5 as a PGY-2, and that's as bad as it gets.You interview with the whole faculty in pairs. This may change with the new chair next year. There was a social at a pub near the hospital. It was the day before the interview. Very laid back, residents went around and made sure to meet everyone. Very friendly group that obviously liked being around one another.
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Virginia Commonwealth University Health SystemThe residents seem to get along very well. Female presence is very strong here and they clearly dominate the program. The few men I met seemed very stoic while the women were very boisterous and friendly with each other. Their personality seemed a bit more preppy than some other places which is absolutely not a bad thing, but I tend to be a much more reserved person so I wasn't sure how well I fit in with them. Faculty were much more old-style, rigid and less approachable from what I could tell. Residents seemed to sit up a bit more straight when they came around which made me think they were less cordial with each other.Seemed okay, not a whole lot of fellowship trained, don't get very in depth training in anything other than H&N. Peds is only a floor and becomes a catch-all. Research was divided up as 3 months in PGY3 and 1 month in PGY2 for prep time which I thought was a really good idea that would allow planning ahead of time so the research was able to be in that block without a whole lot of other runoff.Facilities were okay, nothing great, food is okay, typical inner-city hospital. Kinda weird city. Small city in terms of amenities but big city crime. Felt a bit uncomfortable to be a minority in the city, weird looks and subtleties, confederate flags all over and such. Was the capital of the confederacy so the history here is incredible, but that may contribute to the weird feelings. Lots of very dangerous parts too, but some good outdoor activities. Residents sold the location as "Only an hour and a half to ____" rather than talking about what was in the city itself.They take a typical 2/yr schedule for call of Q4 for PGY2-3. Interns cover every other weekend so you end up free for every other one rather than working every Saturday or every Sunday or something, which was nice. Flap nights are very late (1-2am) so those could be hard, but that's only once or twice a week. Didn't get a chance to ask how often they go in on call nights but some of the residents have kids so I can't imagine the lifestyle is horrid.6-8 rooms with one attending in each room for half the morning and then touring for the other half. Got a weird impression on interview day, carried around my file and felt like only the PD had read it. Seems a bit odd that no one wanted to know much about me and wasn't paying attention to my answers, just reading my file as I brought it in the room. One question based on a clarification sometimes, but that seemed to be it.There was a really nice dinner beforehand that was very very well done. Started off with about an hour and a half of appetizers and drinks to socialize and meet everyone, then a solid dinner to have some more in depth conversations. The food was great and was probably my favorite social event of the entire trail.
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Wayne State University School of MedicineThey know it is Wayne State and not a super desirable location, therefore they are pretty unpretentious. There are some oddballs here but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Very hard to connect with some interviewers. The chair takes notes on you during the interview, which was awkward.They push basic science research and told me they want people who will go into fellowship, not general practice. Detroit has been worse, but it still isn't the greatest. Many residents live in nearby nice suburbs which are only 15 minutes away. Patient population reflects this They seemed to work pretty hard, didn't try to sugar coat it. Interview with 1 person at a time for the most part. Each room has a set list of questions they are supposed to ask, some stick to the list, others use it as a starting point. Social event with just residents in the suburb of Royal Oak the night before the interview. 3 course dinner and drinks!Flaps can go very late into the night but they are very complex, sometimes multiple flaps on the same patient. They seem to get extreme cases here, either from massive trauma or neglect of something that should have been seen earlier.
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West Virginia UniversityGood relationship, got to tailgates together.Seem like they get good general training.Ruby memorial is a nice facility, Morgantown is a great college town, but im not really trilled about it, the hills are pretty the town not so much. If you are not into the college scene, it would not be a good place. Definitely not recommendable for families (public school system is sub-par).Good balance, work hard.One on one: definite one of the worse experiences on the trail, no one knew anything about my application, "what questions do you have?" over and over again. They also have a grading scale for each applicant, in which they rate you on Step, # of pubs, AOA, Class rank, and the last field was interview impression, so basically they have mostly decided on you before you get there. The future PD interviewed me and flat out said he didn't, want residents that have families "because the cause conflict" "they are better now that they don't have those kind of residents anymore"Night before, about average, really into tailgating at WVU games
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