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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.
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Michigan - Detroit
Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University Program
Current resident here.....I'm very pleased with my choice to come to Henry Ford for reasons I will list below. Overall an outstanding place to train.
- 100% core pass rate for many years running.
- Categorical program with TY year included. I liked not having to move twice within a year. Also, we get to do three months of Radiology in our PGY-1 year where we are treated like R1s. Really helps when you are actually get to R1 year because you already know a lot of the staff and how PACS/the workflow runs.
- The included TY just go easier as we no longer have to do 24 hour calls. So you will not have to work nights the whole year other than a few shifts in the ER during that month. 7 months of the year you will have weekends off.
- Henry Ford Hospital is a major referral center for the state of Michigan and parts of northern Ohio and one of the country's largest transplant centers (top 10 for liver volume), which means you will see EVERYTHING. Case complexity is pretty intense, but provides great training.
- We not only read for the main hospital (~900 beds) but also a few satellite community hospitals giving us plenty of volume.
- New cancer center opening within the next year or two and brand new sports complex opened in association with the Detroit Pistons. We read films for the Pistons and Lions.
- Less than 5 fellows a year. No competition for cases. We read all of the complex and advanced studies which there are plenty of.
- Henry Ford has many innovative departments namely structural heart and Urology (Da Vinci robotic surgery was pioneered here). Therefore, we read a ton of cardiac MR which exposure to at other programs is limited. This definitely contributes to our 100% board pass rate.
- Going off the above, we start advanced rotations (MR and procedures) as R1s, which gives us more experience before the CORE exam.
- We read all of the OB ultrasounds which is pretty unique.
- PAID CALL. Our required call is considered internal moonlighting so we get paid an extra 10k starting R2 year. Probably the only program in the country that has this. There are opportunities to take additional call an make more if that's your thing. Moonlighting is also available.
- That being said, we have a large program (9 residents a year) which means the call schedule is relatively light compared to smaller programs.
- The program director and staff are all very supportive and approachable. They definitely have the residents best interest at heart. PD is long serving and really supports residents especially when applying to fellowships.
- Cost of living is low. I'm going to give a shout out to Detroit which has seen an unbelievable comeback in the last 6 years. Downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods are thriving with an amazing food scene and sports culture. If city living is not your thing, the surrounding suburbs of Ferndale and Royal Oak are also cheap and great places to live not far from the hospital.
- Residents are all very close and routinely go out together after work.
This is an outstanding program with a great resident culture. Hopefully my summary helps. Anyway, hope all of you have a great interview season. Enjoy the ride and make sure to enjoy 4th year! Congrats on picking the best specialty in medicine.
- Pediatric rotations are at Children's Hospital of Michigan where call can be heavy.
- No dedicated time for research.
Can't really think of a whole lot else
***I'm sorry but I really have to chime in here, I do not go to Henry Ford, but I am in this area of Michigan. Detroit is terrible. There's no reason to lie about it. This city is consistently rated and ranked as one of the most miserable cities in the US. Even just recently (see Business Insider article). HF is very decent as a program, but there are SO many cons if you live here***
Great to hear from someone who lives "in this area of Michigan". I can say with confidence, as I live in Detroit, that Motown is nowhere near as bad as the click bait that the above poster references makes it out to be. I chose to disregard the conventional wisdom and live in the city and have had no regrets. There are of course the more suburban communities of Ferndale and Royal Oak which are 15 minutes from Henry Ford.
^Agreed. Can say the exact same. There's stuff to do every weekend downtown, bars are popping up everywhere. There's bad parts in every single large city. I feel safe walking around downtown and taking public transportation and have for the last several years here. Detroit vs Everybody.
- Second most dangerous city in the US. Safer to live in the suburbs so looking at a solid 30 minute commute.
Yes. As mentioned in the "Pros," the required call is actually considered moonlighting, so you get paid at least $10k+ per year. Additional money available for more moonlighting