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Hello friends .

Had a few Qs regarding programs

How do you decide which is a community program is low tier or mid tier ???

Some do say about their affiliation to University program but how do we decide whether that makes them a mid tier program or they are still not that good ??? I am an IMG and have no idea about which States in USA are good and safe and which programs are low tier and dont have good finances or number of patients ??? SO would like to know how do you guys decide what kind of program it is ?? just from the website ?? could write great stuff about it... or we would not know till we interview it ??

If any one could list the programs in various states along with their rating ( upper , mid , low tier ) It would be great or any link where this has already been done .
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The only difference that can actually make a difference in ranking is whether the community program is affiliated with a University or not and if it is affiliated then which University it is?

Beyond that, it's all your preferences when you go for the interview.

It all depends on you, what do you want? jacked up number of patients and you don't have time to scratch your head or read for the boards? or you want moderate number of patients with not much clinical experience but lots of time to read for the boards, do research, enjoy your time, ...etc

Do you want a program in the heart of New York where you will spend 2 hours commute to and fro? or you want a program in a suburban Ohio where you have 10 minutes commute?

Also, if you are thinking about fellowship, then you can get it even if you go the worst community program in USA, it all depends on how enthusiastic you are, case presentations, publications, connections, ...etc can all help you get there even if you are in miserable community-hospital based residency program in the middle of nowhere.

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Also, if you are thinking about fellowship, then you can get it even if you go the worst community program in USA, it all depends on how enthusiastic you are, case presentations, publications, connections, ...etc can all help you get there even if you are in miserable community-hospital based residency program in the middle of nowhere.
Thank you Step Taker ....... But I have heard that there are few community programs which dont have good finances and may shut down in a few years ?? how do you know about those , i dont think they would mention about that in their website or in the interview ???

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Yes this is what I would like to know , how would i decide how good the program is for teaching ??? for clinical experience ?? for time to study ???
I understand i may know this when i go for interview but i guess everyone is only going to speak good about their program ???

I have heard it affects where you get a job after residency depending on where you did you residency ?? Do all residents get a job in that same hospital after residency or another struggle begins ???

Thank you ..............
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Thank you Step Taker ....... But I have heard that there are few community programs which dont have good finances and may shut down in a few years ?? how do you know about those , i dont think they would mention about that in their website or in the interview ???

Yes this is what I would like to know , how would i decide how good the program is for teaching ??? for clinical experience ?? for time to study ???
I understand i may know this when i go for interview but i guess everyone is only going to speak good about their program ???

I have heard it affects where you get a job after residency depending on where you did you residency ?? Do all residents get a job in that same hospital after residency or another struggle begins ???

Thank you ..............
True I heard the same ...people after residency without Job...
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Thanks for asking these questions....I hope some one has mercy of us and give us some light
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You can get a job after residency wherever you like in America, there's shortage of doctors and you can get in almost anywhere. The place where you have done residency does not have really a big impact on your chances of getting a job. What I mean by job here, is a doctor in private clinic or group or hospital. And this is of course provided you have the necessary Visa status.

The exception to that, is Academic jobs, like an instructor in a big University, such job usually needs connections and high profile CV and that can be difficult if you have just finished residency in a low profile community program. But, again you can circumvent that issue by going to fellowship in a big name place after residency.

I personally do not know anybody who tried looking for a job after finishing residency and did not get it!!

As how to know if the program is going to shut down due to financial issues, you can ask the residents when you go for interview, talk to all of them and for sure you'll get to know what's going on, they can't hide such a dramatic fact about the program.

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