>RED vs BLUE
>So I meant it a few days ago when I said that I was really impressed with the four year program I was interviewing at. Walking in, I had absolutely no intention of considering an extended program. Walking out I was giving it serious consideration. But that night, after talking it over with V, that extra year would throw a real kink in our plans and limit our options, or at least, make it very very hard to not be apart for an extended period of time. So while I really impressed by the program, I can’t rank them in my top two. So to continue the pro and con list from before.
To recap the score: BLUE 1 RED 0
ATTENDINGS: As mentioned previously, I rotated at these programs so had a chance to get a feel for some of the attending and their styles of teaching. These one doesn’t really need a length comparison.
While the attendings at BLUE were all nice to me, I could tell that there was at least one or two that the residents preferred not to work with, and the verbally communicated this to me more than once. There were several that you could tell that the residents were very excited to work with. Some seemed inclined to teach, some seemed like they just wanted to get through the shift.
You can tell everyone at RED loves to teach, that they are kind people who really value the residents and the opportunity to work with them. On more than one occasion I saw the attending offer to take the whole shift out after work. Nearly every time I presented a patient, they would have some sort of teaching opportunity to offer me in return. They were all patient about providing a strong learning environment for the residents, but at the same time they did it in a very collegial sort of way that is rare.