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Types of things to look for in a program

Conference schedule/who attends/what is its priority in the program?
Graduates of program: board certification rate, what are they doing, fellowships?
How many residents haven't completed the program? Reasons ? What are they doing now?
Research opportunities/requirements?
How are residents evaluated?
Teaching environment?

Accreditation status
Pyramid status
Stability of program leadership/if changing, plans for changes
Vision for the program
Faculty involvement in research
How much input do the residents have in the program?

Work Environment:
Daily duties at each level of training
Who interns are likely to work with
Clinic schedule--how is it run and supervised
Case-load/breadth of operative experience
Call/vacation schedule--how does it change from year to year
Work hours in general
Availability of ancillary teams--e.g. IV and blood drawing
Opinion of nursing staff
Availability and accreditation status of other residencies at institution
How is the institution positioned in the community?

Life style issues:
Satisfaction/happiness of residents
Camaraderie among residents
Satisfaction/happiness of residents' spouses/significant others
Cost of living
Availability/affordability/location of housing
Maternity--how many women have borne children while residents? Were accommodations made to support her? Policy for maternity/paternity leave
Divorce record of residents while in program

NOTE: # of women and minorities currently in program is not necessarily an indicator of whether the program is woman and minority friendly: (1) if women and/or minorities don't apply to the program it is difficult to have a track record with these groups; (2) look at their long term track record--how many individuals in each of these groups have graduated from the program?

Types of things to look for in a program


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The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) sponsors USMLE.
The Three Steps of the USMLE
Step 1 tests the important concepts of basic sciences basic to the practice of medicine. It also places special emphasis on principles and mechanisms underlying health, disease, and modes of therapy. Step 1 ensures mastery of the sciences that provide a foundation for the safe and competent practice of medicine. It also tests the scientific principles required for maintenance of competence through lifelong learning.
Step 2 CK tests the medical knowledge, skills, and understanding of clinical science essential for the provision of patient care under supervision. It also includes emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention. Step 2 CK ensures that due attention is devoted to principles of clinical sciences and basic patient-centered skills.
Step 2 CS tests your capacity to practice and provide good medical service in real-life situations. It also tests your communication skills.
Step 3 tests your medical knowledge and understanding of biomedical and clinical science essential for the unsupervised practice of medicine. Step 3 provides a final assessment of physicians assuming independent responsibility for delivering general medical care.


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