Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine, University of Kwazulu-Natal
Starting work as an intern, while initially scary, is now a pleasure. I know that I will be greeted with at least three smiling faces and I am never afraid of what I may encounter because I know that I will have adequate support from my fellow residents and attendings. The advantage of being in a smaller residency program is that everyone truly knows your name. The residents form a close network of support and friendship. Teaching is in abundance. Bedside teaching is a daily occurrence and an added bonus to the morning reports and Friday lectures. The environment is positive and, from the very beginning, you are encouraged to ask questions and offer an opinion. The faculty and support staff are approachable and are always available to offer advice -- even with non-residency related questions -- and feedback. The underlying message is that at WMed you will be part of a team, a team that wants you to succeed not only in residency but also in life.