Top reputation residencies by specialty

I noticed most hits this blog are to previous posts about admissions or residency. The following is a relevant re-post from SDN. The list is biased towards academic programs. It is assembled from a large number of anonymous posts online in specialty forums on SDN, orthogate, uncleharvey, urologymatch, otolaryngologyresidencyapplicants.yuku, as well as the Ophthalmology Times survey of program directors. The higher on the list a program is, the more I felt there was a consensus or really strong opinions. It provides only a rough ranking.

Disclaimers: These are not based on objective data. They are based on the opinions people with no specific qualifications other than participating in specialty forums. These are not my opinions. I have no qualifications to talk about this beyond aggregating the opinions of others. If you feel your favorite program was unjustly left out, you should take your rage to specialty forums and leave civilized comments here. The quality of programs can change over time. These residencies may not fit your interests and other very important considerations in making a rank list (location, significant other, malignancy, community/clinical/research focus, etc.).

Anesthesiology
Hopkins, MGH, UCSF
BWH, Stanford, Columbia, Duke
And many others (Penn, Wash U, Michigan, U Washington, UAB, Mayo, Cornell, Wake Forest, UCLA, UVA, Wisconsin)

Dermatology
Penn, UCSF, NYU; Harvard, Stanford
Yale, Columbia, Michigan
Mayo, Miami, Emory

Emergency Medicine
Methodist/Indiana, Cincinnati, Denver, Hennepin, Carolinas, Pitt, Highland
Chrisitiana, Vanderbilt, UCLA-Harbor, Cook County, Emory, Harvard/BWH
??? USC-LAC, King’s County, Maricopa, UNM, U of A, U of M, UCSD

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Infected healthcare workers — a history of discrimination

In a half-year period in 2011, the Hep B Foundation, a non-profit advocacy group in Philly, received distraught communications from four students who were positive for hepatitis B and were consequently either denied admission to medical/dental school or were threatened with dismissal from their medical training program. This is blatant discrimination that persists in contemporary America.

Chronic hepatitis B is a lifelong infection. Many carriers were born with it. People from certain parts of the world are much more likely to be infected (the majority of cases in this country are in Asian and Pacific Islanders because as much as 1 in 10 in this group has it!). Hep B, however, is vaccine-preventable and well-managed by a line of antiviral therapies. The virus is transmitted primarily through blood, birth, and sex, not casual contact. That schools and healthcare institutions would deny the professional dreams of hep B carriers purely on the basis of their infection status is unethical.

This week, the CDC made a big step forward when it released updated management guidelines for healthcare professionals and trainees who have chronic hepatitis B. These recommendations bring the existing, 21-year-old policies into the current era of medicine. The CDC makes clear that “HBV infection alone should not disqualify infected persons from the practice or study of surgery, dentistry, medicine, or allied health fields.” and now eliminates the requirement to prenotify patients of a healthcare provider or student’s HBV status. Practice should only be restricted for those providers (not students) who have a HBV DNA titer above an expert panel-determined safe-practice threshold AND who do exposure-prone invasive procedures (which includes abdominal surgery, orthopedic surgery, obstetrics, neurosurgery, but not most of plastic surgery, catheter-based interventions, scope-based interventions, most dentistry, and so on).

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