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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
Virginia - Richmond
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Program
Casual Pre-interview dinner with good turnout of residents, everyone was friendly and informative and honest with pro's/con's of program; Very relaxed interview day with some presentations and a hospital tour. Residents have a good rep with fellowships and get pretty great placements; Residents seem happy with the program; Non-malignant faculty; New PD is great - very resident focused; Solid PC with lots of experience; Research is definitely available if you want, program pays for travel and hotel if you have an oral presentation; No call in R1; No call 3 months prior to Boards; Strong in IR, MSK, Neuro, GI/GU for sure, but all areas have some good faculty; Great moonlighting opportunities (contrast scanner babysitting at 4 locations); Diverse clinical exposure; High volume; Richmond seems reasonable to live in, and most residents own nice homes or have new 1b/1ba apartments for $1200/mo; Outdoorsy place with river activities, biking, running, hiking, climbing. 2-5 hours from Washington DC, very traffic dependent.
Research is not as strong as some of the other big academic places; Residents do not sit next to faculty, definitely some hierarchy (? residents and attendings sit at their own respective stations in the same reading room and read out together); No neuro IR exposure; There will be some renovations starting this year; Only a few reserved spots for IM intern year go to radiology; residents didn't know many answers during afternoon didactics.