American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
I am originally from the Midwest, and after living in multiple different parts of the country over the last few years, from NYC to Miami to Denver, I knew the Midwest is where I wanted to end up. Even though I had heard many good things about WMed before applying, it was not until I visited WMed for myself, that I fully realized what people were talking about, and that it is where I truly belonged. During my interview day I felt at home immediately. Faculty were welcoming, inviting and you could just tell that they genuinely care about their residents' success. I saw a program in a university setting, in which there is a genuine focus on teaching by faculty and attendings, as well as opportunity for residents to teach medical students. I was also impressed by the amount of opportunities available for residents to become involved in, such as research, QI, advocacy, public education, and international medicine. WMed also promotes maintaining a high level of camaraderie throughout the team by promoting resident and departmental social functions and team building, which keeps the team close and working well together, even through the more stressful, busy times at work. It is a program that is big enough that I have already seen a variety of rare pathology, but small enough to not be a number in a sea of residents. I had very high expectations for the residency program that I was to choose, and WMed definitely lived up to those expectations.