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Report adds new dimension to residency program rankings

Residency Program Insider, November 20, 2012

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Medical students may evaluate reputation, training curriculum, and location when applying to residency programs. A new report from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice offers medical students a different way to think about ranking residency programs. 

The report, authored by two students at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, examines what it calls “hidden curriculum,” or the style and culture of practice at some of the top-ranked teaching hospitals in the U.S. These less visible aspects of a program may have a deep effect on how physicians care for patients, according to the report, which asks medical students: “What kind of physician will you be?”

The study evaluated factors such as how aggressively physicians treat chronically ill patients at the end of life and how frequently patients undergo surgery when other options are available.
 



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