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City Chicago
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Website http://www.rush.edu/rumc/page-R11726.html

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Residents per class 5
Rush University Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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Overall rating: 
 
9.0
Staff Surgeons:
 
9.6   (5)
Didactics/Teaching:
 
8.8   (5)
Operating Experience:
 
7.0   (5)
Clinical Experience:
 
8.2   (5)
Research:
 
10.0   (5)
Residents:
 
9.0   (5)
Lifestyle:
 
10.0   (5)
Location:
 
9.8   (5)
Overall Experience:
 
8.6   (5)
 
 

Amazing program/rotation

Overall rating: 
 
10.0
Staff Surgeons:
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching:
 
10.0
Operating Experience:
 
10.0
Clinical Experience:
 
10.0
Research:
 
10.0
Residents:
 
10.0
Lifestyle:
 
10.0
Location:
 
10.0
Overall Experience:
 
10.0
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BigGreen Reviewed by BigGreen
February 18, 2013
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Staff/Faculty/Chairman You get to work with some of the biggest names in orthopaedics and witness the future of the field. The attendings you work with are so well regarded, on my residency interviews the interviewer would often digress and start inquiring about how Rush attendings do certain procedures. All the attendings are extremely approachable, even the chairman is someone who is interested in getting to know you as a medical student.
Didactics/Teaching Solid line-up of the basics for the junior level residents followed by more advanced stuff for the seniors. The curriculum starts off the year heavy on the trauma to get the juniors ready for consults and their rotations at Cook County Hospital.
Operating Experience If you want to be let loose on day one with no oversight, this certainly isn't the program for you. The program takes the approach of a graduated system where you learn the art of good operative technique. After you've demonstrated proficiency of the fundamental principles, you're given more freedom and responsibility in the OR. Ultimately you're not left to re-invent the wheel by yourself and instead get the experience of top notch attendings to help guide you. I think it leads to learning good habits, which means you'll be a more efficient surgeon after residency.
Clinic Experience It certainly isn't clinic heavy, but you get at least one day of clinic each week. It's good because the attendings use this as an opportunity to treat you the art of non-operative management and diagnosis.
Research Opportunities It goes without saying this is a research power house. Whether you're looking for clinic or bench style research, they have it all. The attendings are approachable and always willing to get you involved in their research projects. The presence of fellows also helps to drive a lot of the research forward, which offers you plenty of opportunities to get published.
Residents Exceptional group of residents who all have a great time together. Because the program has five residents per year, it leads to a great dynamic within the classes. Each class seems to function well as a cohesive unit.
Lifestyle Intern year seems to be easy (as is with most ortho residencies). The second year is by far the roughest, but it drastically gets better during years 3 through 5. The benefits of the program offer you the ability to enjoy living in Chicago and take advantage of the city.
Location/Housing Given you're living in a major metropolitan center, it's very affordable on a resident's salary.
Limitations None
Overall Rotation Experience/Conclusion Overall a fantastic experience. It has the whole package to offer the residents. I would certainly strongly recommend considering this program.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation 2011
 

Stellar rotation

Overall rating: 
 
10.0
Staff Surgeons:
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching:
 
10.0
Operating Experience:
 
10.0
Clinical Experience:
 
10.0
Research:
 
10.0
Residents:
 
10.0
Lifestyle:
 
10.0
Location:
 
10.0
Overall Experience:
 
10.0
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Staff/Faculty/Chairman Attendings were extremely friendly, focused on teaching and building resident operative skills. There are tons of big names. As a rotator, I worked directly with attendings and even chairs of departments.
Didactics/Teaching Excellent didactics. Mix of basic level info up to cutting edge lectures. Mix of sessions run by residents and attendings. Good food at the didactic sessions
Operating Experience Rush has exceptional operative volume, and residents benefit dramatically from this. There are many fellows but there is enough operative volume to go around.
Clinic Experience Residents get a good amount of clinic experience, but not excessive. Let's face it, noone really likes clinic.
Research Opportunities Second to none. Enough said
Residents A fantastic group. Residents like to hang out and have a good time in the great city of Chicago
Lifestyle Chicago is affordable as a resident and offers plentiful opportunities to enjoy the residency years. The program is relatively benign in terms of hours, so residents have plenty of time to enjoy the city.
Location/Housing Rush location is easily accessible from a number of Chicago's desirable neighborhoods, such as west loop, river north, and wicker park. The hospital offers free parking garage for residents, so it is very easy to get to work.
Limitations None
Overall Rotation Experience/Conclusion Amazing rotation at an amazing residency program. Overall compared favorably with rotations at other top programs such as HSS. Check it out.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation 2011
 

Not all it was hyped up to be

Overall rating: 
 
7.7
Staff Surgeons:
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching:
 
7.0
Operating Experience:
 
4.0
Clinical Experience:
 
6.0
Research:
 
10.0
Residents:
 
8.0
Lifestyle:
 
10.0
Location:
 
9.0
Overall Experience:
 
6.0
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Staff/Faculty/Chairman Great faculty that attract a lot of volume. The staff are approachable and have connections to get you into good fellowships for certain subspecialties.
Didactics/Teaching They have the usual- morning rounds for overnight ED trauma cases, grand rounds, and a couple didactic sessions during the week but nothing on the weekend. Nothing extraordinary.
Operating Experience Having perspective now as a resident, I can look back and say that I totally agree with other comments on this forum that there is a lack of operative experience at Rush. The attendings are very hands. Besides the joints service, there is very little hands on operative experience compared to what I've seen elsewhere and experienced. The fellows get to operate a decent amount. The lack of trauma is a huge negative for the program because that is often where you get autonomy. The bone is the deepest thing in the body and that's where you get good at anatomy and exposures. It's bread and butter orthopaedics that they just don't get enough of in my opinion.
Clinic Experience The one on one attending type set up allows for good clinical exposure but the residents don't dictate. You may think that's a good thing at first but I can tell you from experience you want to dictate and learn how, it forces you to think deeper about the diagnosis and treatment plan. There is also no resident run/community clinic where you follow your own patients and make your own decisions- because all their patients are well insured. Cook county fulfills their acgme trauma requirement but I think there is still a lack of autonomous yet supervised clinical decision making.
Research Opportunities Plentiful, it's well known.
Residents A good midwest group of residents. It's a large enough program to where you'll probably have 3-4 co-residents you really get along with and that's your possy, just like med school. That's all you really need.
Lifestyle One of the easiest. I would disagree that this is a work hard play hard program. They don't work that hard actually, no in house call (at least when I rotated, heard they may have changed that and are trying to become level 1)! You learn a lot getting consulted all night in house, they don't have that opportunity except at cook county.
Location/Housing It's Chicago...
Limitations Lack of operative experience would leave you as a sub par surgeon but hey, you'll have a cush residency in a great city and land a great fellowship with a great CV full of research. If that's what you want (which is a lot of people) then great!
Overall Rotation Experience/Conclusion Lack of operative/clinical autonomy is concerning.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation 2007
 

Rush

Overall rating: 
 
9.6
Staff Surgeons:
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching:
 
9.0
Operating Experience:
 
8.0
Clinical Experience:
 
9.0
Research:
 
10.0
Residents:
 
10.0
Lifestyle:
 
10.0
Location:
 
10.0
Overall Experience:
 
10.0
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Staff/Faculty/Chairman The faculty here is amazing. They have superstars in every field, and they are deep (at least 3 in each field except Peds (see below), 8 joints, 7 sports, 7 spine, etc). Chairman Dr. Jacobs is very approachable and is well-known within the AAOS. Program Director Dr. Virkus is resident proactive and works with the residents at both Rush and Cook (for trauma). Only weakness here might be Peds because they only have 1 faculty member at Rush, but the residents also go to Shriners so they are well-covered there.
Didactics/Teaching Intake conference every morning before clinic/OR going over the previous night's ED cases, followed by a short faculty-led specialty conference. Grand rounds each week (run by faculty, resident, or guest). Protected time fracture/basic science and sports conferences every Monday night - these can seem long but are definitely useful, and food is usually provided. As a rotator, I was not pimped at conferences but still tried to prepare, just in case. Conferences in general were not malignant, and pretty helpful overall. Residents here clearly know their orthopaedics.
Operating Experience This has been known as a weakness at Rush, and I disagree. I honestly think the residents operate as well as their peers around the country. Bottom line - this place is one of the highest volume institutions in the country. More volume = more cases. Yes, they have a lot of fellows, but they run some of the best fellowships in the country, which means that as junior residents, you can actually learn from the fellows, instead of just watch/stand behind them. Their PGY2's don't operate as much as at some other programs I saw, but they are certainly competent with their hands and operative knowledge base, and they run their own rooms as PGY5's. As the previous reviewer noted - this is a private practice run within Rush University, and as such, the case-load is high. That said, I found the senior residents to be actively doing the majority of cases when working with attendings (not just the approach as the previous reviewer stated), and the junior residents being led through cases when working with the senior cases. As a student, I routinely DID get the close and actually participate a little in some cases. To be fair, for complex cases (this is Rush, they get complex cases referred to them all the time in a variety of specialties), the attendings were definitely running the show. Trauma at Rush can be a relative weakness, but they make up for this by doing trauma at Cook County as well as at Rockford as PGY5's. As mentioned above, there is only 1 Peds attending at Rush, but the residents work at Shriners to make up for this.
Clinic Experience Clinic experience was very solid. Residents are in clinic 1-2 days/week, and were seeing their own patients, analyzing images, coming up with plans, etc. Clinic is very fast-paced, but enough time for teaching points between patients. Maybe not in 2007 when the previous reviewer rotated, but on my rotation residents routinely dictated. Residents are super smart with regard to orthopaedics, and clinic seemed like where they were augmenting their knowledge base.
Research Opportunities Research powerhouse, publication city. Check pubmed for Rush ortho pubs. Clearly well-funded and well-supported. Amazing biomechanics, histology, animal, and basic biology labs. Not only do these guys put out papers, but the faculty (and often residents) are giving talks (both on basic research and course lectures) each year at AAOS as well as the subspecialty conferences, so it isn't just research for publication sake - they are actively teaching the rest of the orthopedic community. Three months dedicated time in PGY3 which some residents use for research, others not so much. Despite being a research powerhouse, I didn't get the vibe that the residents were pressured to produce - it was just simply at their fingertips if they wanted it.
Residents Amazing group of people. This, above anything else, was why I liked the program so much. Tons of respect and camaraderie both within and between classes. I didn't get a sense of hierarchy at all. Seems like they all hang out together, again both within and between the classes. Good mix of married/single. For me, the residents were the biggest plus of this program.
Lifestyle Cush, though definitely a work hard, play hard program. PGY2 seems to be the toughest year (that's everywhere). They have home call as PGY2's on, but this has pros/cons as there are no "post-call" days. No nightfloat. Rush is Level II and so they're not getting high-energy MVAs (no one in Chicago is except Loyola), but they still see a ton of bread and butter trauma - distal radius, hip fractures, etc. They probably have the best lifestyle and more fun than other programs I saw, but as I mentioned, they definitely work hard. The 80-hour rule didn't seem to be an issue.
Location/Housing Chicago is amazing - nightlife, lake, sports, arts, food, etc. So many things to do, and as the previous reviewer noted, there is enough time to experience it all. While not NYC or SF, Chicago is still expensive. Most residents live within 5 miles of Rush, and there are a variety of neighborhoods for pretty much any interest. Public transportation is available and accessible, but most/all residents drive. All the rotators during my month had no problem finding places to stay/sublet (no housing provided though).
Limitations Operative experience is not as heavy/early as at other programs, but the PGY4-5s were certainly comparable to their peers around the country. Trauma at Rush is light, but they get plenty of OR trauma at Cook and Rockford. Lots of fellows, but most attendings run 2 rooms (fellow in 1 room, resident in another), and there are more than enough cases to go around. I was carefully looking at the fellow-resident interaction during my rotation because I thought this was a weakness going in, but was pleasantly surprised by how much the fellows augmented the resident experience.
Overall Rotation Experience/Conclusion Overall, I think this is a top 5 program. The faculty and residents were some of the nicest, most well-rounded, down-to-earth people I met during rotations as well as on the interview trail. For me, it comes down to balance - some programs will allow you operate early and heavy, but you never have time to read, do research, or live your life. In my opinion, I of course want to be competent in the OR, but orthopedics isn't 100% surgery, and the best surgeons know when to "not operate" just as much as they know how to operate. Rush teaches you how to think along these lines as well as how to operate with technical skill and efficiency. It does really come down to what you are looking for. Would recommend rotating here. As for the rotation itself, it is pretty chill, you're on the same service the whole month, and only 1 student per service so lots of facetime with the attendings. Only 1 call per week, and you can present your case(s) at intake the next morning. I was not called on during Monday conferences, but I would be prepared anyway. Definitely not the toughest month in terms of hours. Opportunities to explore Chicago.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation Summer 2010
 

Rush

Overall rating: 
 
7.8
Staff Surgeons:
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching:
 
8.0
Operating Experience:
 
3.0
Clinical Experience:
 
6.0
Research:
 
10.0
Residents:
 
7.0
Lifestyle:
 
10.0
Location:
 
10.0
Overall Experience:
 
7.0
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Staff/Faculty/Chairman The personality of the faculty at Rush is great. Many of them are truly master surgeons, and they are, by and large, a very friendly group that is easy-going. Dr. Jacobs, the new chairman, is an awesome guy. My major concern about the faculty will be discussed in operating experience below.
Didactics/Teaching There's a good mix of resident- and faculty-led didactics. The faculty are usually very in-tune with teaching the residents the "book stuff." All the rotators I was with on my month acknowledged that these residents really knew their stuff.
Operating Experience In my opinion, the operating experience at Rush leaves a tremendous amount to be desired. I believe the fact that the surgeons are all in private practice contributes somewhat to this. There is a palpable atmosphere that the attendings are trying to pump out as much volume as they can. As a result, there is little time to let residents "find their way" through cases. Note that this often extends into the chief year as well. There were many times when I witnessed the chief resident on a service start a case, only to have the attending pop in after exposure was done to perform the actual substance of the case. As a student, it became routine that I did not get to help close, and I believe this is because closing was frequently the only part of the case that a resident would have to him- or herself. The presence of lots of fellows further exacerbated the situation. I felt that the residents were less comfortable in the O.R. than their peers at other institutions. This sentiment was shared by the majority of the other rotators with me, who were on a variety of services, though I know the Rush residents would dispute this point.
Clinic Experience Clinic is clinic. I spent most of my time in the O.R., so it's tough for me the comment. One thing I didn't like is that the residents don't get to dictate, at least not on the services I was on. I know that having to dictate can be a pain, but from personal experience I find that dictating helps synthesize your thought process and makes you really think about the clinical decision-making in each case.
Research Opportunities I didn't do any of this on my month-long rotation, but my impression is that the research opportunities at Rush are awesome. Many of the faculty are very prolific publishers, and having lots of fellows really creates an environment where there's lots of projects for residents to jump on.
Residents A great group of people. They are a pretty close bunch. Many of them make a habit of going out to a Friday happy hour each week. I had a great time hanging out with the residents both in and out of the hospital during my rotation. As mentioned above, they are also very smart in terms of orthopaedic knowledge. I would be very comfortable training with the residents at Rush.
Lifestyle Cush. This is a "gentleman's program." I heard one resident said that he doesn't think residents often work more than 60 hours per week. I would tend to agree with him based on what I saw. Call is a joke. I'm not sure, but I think I remember that trauma call is home call. Rush is a level II trauma center, and the Illinois Medical District is replete with emergency rooms. Most of what comes in is old ladies with broken hips. The major trauma experience for the Rush residents comes from Cook County Hospital and a chief year rotation out in Rockford.
Location/Housing Chicago is awesome, and the relatively cush schedule makes it easy to explore the city during the rotation. The hospital is accessible by public transportation, and parking is available for residents and students. Housing isn't provided by Rush, but no one had trouble finding a place to stay for the month.
Overall Rotation Experience/Conclusion I had a great time at Rush. It was a fun place to do a rotation. That said, the environment I witnessed in the O.R. gives me reservations about the operative training at this program. The name is fantastic, though, and the residents can pretty much go where they want in terms of fellowships. It just depends on what you're looking for.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation 2007
 
 
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