Program summaries should include information you have learned about a program, for example:

  • impressions of the PD, APDs, other faculty/attendings
  • impressions of the residents
  • culture of the program, pressure on residents to read quickly
  • exposure to procedures, how do readouts work, moonlighting available etc.
  • hospital characteristics: size, trauma, pediatric exposure, community/academic/mixed etc.
  • types/number of spots available, ESIR available
  • fellowship matches

Program Summaries

California - San Jose
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Program
Pros: Wide range of pathology/diversity in pt population, level 1 trauma center, new facilities, location in Bay Area, unionized, 2 lecture conferences/day, good fellowship matches throughout CA. Strong connection with Stanford and opportunities to do research/rotations.super chill PD who’s on a first name basis with residents. 120 dollars for meals a month. Lunch catered 3 times a week. Residents seem very happy and friendly to each other. ESIR seems easily obtainable.

*Stanford does not sponsor H-1B visas for graduates of international medical schools. Graduates of Canadian medical schools must also use the J-1 program. -->nothing avail on non-citizens of US med schools
Cons: All volume/private practice vibes, Stanford residents to VM for ED, mammo, IR; less academic/teaching/time for research d/t heavy volume. Moonlighting weak only 1 opportunity baby sitting for $50/hr on Saturdays.
J-1 only