I agree and am lucky to have trained at several of these institutions!
Taken from a 2003 post on studentdoctors.net:
Here is a previous post from a year ago that may give you an idea regarding the so-called “best anesthesia programs”:
“Academic anesthesiologists I have spoken to generally seem to stratify the outstanding programs into 3 tiers…
2) Considered to be Elite programs: Alabama, Brigham, Columbia, Duke, Mayo, Michigan, Penn, Stanford, Wake Forest, U. Washington
3) Other excellent academic programs: Beth Israel, Cornell, Dartmouth, MC Wisconsin, Mt. Sinai, Northwestern, Penn State, UC Irvine, UCLA, UCSD, U. Chicago, U. Colorado, U. Florida, U. Iowa, UNC Chapel Hill, U. Pittsburgh, U. Rochester, U. Texas Galveston, Utah, UVA, Vanderbilt, Wash U, Yale
I think trying to rank the excellent programs from 1-50 is fruitless. If you apply yourself at any of the above programs, you will have great fellowship and job opportunities.”
People obviously have their opinions and may disagree with this stratification, but I think that it is pretty good.
I tend to agree as well…but maybe I’m biased. 🙂