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Hospital Community Hospitals versus University Hospitals Quality of Training

I've always wondered

Is the training that you get at community hospitals the same as University hospitals or less?
A lot of IMGs get into community programs and they don't mind it!

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Definitely the quality of training at Universities is higher. However, the "experience" you get at community hospitals might be more in "quantity" as you will likely see more patients and have more autonomy than the case of University program.

University programs also have other training venues that are usually missing or deficient in community programs such as didactic lectures, grand rounds, journal clubs, research electives, conference time, educational leaves, med student teaching, ...etc

Nevertheless, if your target is doing "fellowship" after residency then I can argue that there isn't much of an opportunity difference between community and University programs, you can still go to fellowships after finishing community residency. And fellowships are always in a big name university, so even though you've done your residency in crappy community program you can still end up mentioning Harvard or whatever awesome fellowship in your CV.

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Thanks Sabio!
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I just have one minor question
What kind of img profile should apply to uni programs (lets say Peds) to avoid wasting money and not getting ivs?
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What's important is the fellowship. However, in order to get into a decent fellowship your going to have to be coming out of a decent residency.

So even though the fellowship is what counts, a university residency program will get you a better fellowship.
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What's important is the fellowship. However, in order to get into a decent fellowship your going to have to be coming out of a decent residency.

So even though the fellowship is what counts, a university residency program will get you a better fellowship.
Does it matter your dedication and other competencies for getting a fellowship afterwards? For example, if you do a residency in psychiatry, but also you finish a training in psychotherapy, or you're already a Ph.D.?
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