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.