Which Type Of Surgery Residency Should I Choose?

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 5:13am

A reader asks if I have “any advice on choosing a surgery residency, e.g. academic, community, hybrid?” I’m not sure what a “hybrid” residency is, but I think he meant a university program with extensive exposure to community hospital rotations.

This is a companion piece to my recent blog “Is surgery the right career for me?

Having been a community hospital residency program director for many years I was always partial to that type of program. I felt that we trained people who got more operative experience and were more confident in their skills.

A recent paper in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons co-authored by [believe it or not] surgeons from Yale, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the American Board of Surgery validated my impression.

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