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Any updated reviews? 3 weeks 4 days ago #36079

As someone about to apply to sports this upcoming cycle, reading through these reviews has been helpful and already allowing me to narrow down where I may or may not be interested in applying. I was wondering if anyone that just matched or are about to start had any updates or reviews of programs that haven’t been mentioned much on here or any other general advice going into the match.
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2018 Reviews 4 days 6 hours ago #36119

Here are my notes and biased impressions for this year's (2018) interviews. My main goal in finding a program was a good operative experience with people I could get along with. Was not wanting a place with heavy research. In hindsight, went on too many interviews. Would try to narrow it down to 10 to 12 places.


Henry Ford
Overall pretty good. Attendings all seem to be reasonable and personable. Say they give you graduated OR autotomy as you go if you can handle it. Seem to do a lot of cases and do TSAs and one guy does hip scopes but you have to want to do it to get more autotomy. Fellow involved with Pistons (home games) and mostly a lot with Lawrence tech and high schools (maybe a little too much? Cover all sports pretty much). Getting a new sports building in fall 2019. Cons: no fellow this year. Why? Past fellows IMGs from spain, Qatar, not many HF residents go into program (1 who had wife in fellowship already there). Able to cover joints/trauma if desired. Some attendings do some bread and butter trauma. No call. No moonlighting

DMC
Attendings all seem to be great group. Getting a new DMC sports med center built onto Little Caesars arena. Get to work with Tigers and Red wings and seems like RW's can really be a good experience (one fellow stopped by practices, etc). Do spring training in FL with tigers and training camp with RWs in traverse city. Downsides are there's quite a lot of driving and you work with 10-15 different attendings. Rotations split into 3 month blocks with a couple attendings each. Current fellows said they start off slow turning the reins but by the end of each block you're doing pretty much everything. However, when you start the next block you're back to not doing much. Never able to run your own room. Only have to do some light office call, no trauma call. No moonligthing available. Some attendings do B&B trauma and opportunity to do some knee and hip arthroplasty. A good handful do some TSAs. Sounds like they're very flexible in letting you do cases you want to see. Big emphasis placed on fellow having a really good experience.

Tria
All faculty seemed awesome. Good number of aged/experienced attendings who have been practicing 25+ years, but also some younger guys. Work with 10-12 faculty total. Three fellows, all seemed very happy, said there were no malignant attendings and they enjoyed working with everyone. Seems operative experience is great. Rotations split into three 4 month blocks. Fellows said after first 3 weeks you're doing pretty much everything. Many times attending scrubbed out in back and you're running the show. Sports coverage is Twins, Wild, U of Minn and HS fball. Seemed to be a good experience. Call is q3 but is very benign mostly office call. 5-20 calls total/week, fellows said you can split it up amongst the other fellows however you like. No primary ER call. Very seldom will you have a cs or case going to OR. Fellows said it was nothing. No current moonlighting set in place but fellows mentioned there were possible new options in the works. Some moderate mix of TKAs/UKAs mixed in but not a ton. Not a lot of B&B trauma but there were avenues avaialble if you wanted it (DR fxs with hand guys, hip fxs with others, etc.) Hip scope exposure is limited. They do a few, but are hiring some 1 or 2 new ppl who will be doing a lot so this may change. Some driving btwn main center and dtown but not excessive it sounds. Very nice facility with bioskills lab in basement. Large alumni base for networking with annual reunions. Overall, I was very impressed with this program, seemed like a great place.

U of Cincinnati
Program split apart from a private group back a few years ago and only a few years into the all U of C fellowship. 1 fellow/year. Have had a number of FMGs the past few years, including the current fellow. Kind of hard to get a good read of the program from him. He seems to like it. Right now, you spend the majority of your time with PD (Colosimo) and if he's not busy you work in with 2-3 other attendings. PD seems a little intense (ex NFL RB). Takes a "different approach" to teaching fellows based on how they respond. Does 8-12 cases/day and done by noon and wants to keep it that way. Can be somewhat inpatient and has a strong personality. Looking for someone with already good basic scope skills who can hit the ground running. If you're good, you can run your own room bc he has 2 room days. Sounds like in future you'll work more with 2 other attendings and split year equally into thirds. Younger attending does fair amount of hip scopes that you'll have some exposure to. Do a fair mix of TKAs/UKAs. No THAs. Not really any B&B trauma. Take very mundane office call on a month/off a month split with PA. Avg 5 calls/months. Never any ED consults/call cases, etc. Opportunity to take call at UC (level 1) on the side for $ but couldn't get further details. Sports coverage with UC fball (including away games), bball (home), your own HS fball team plus other sports (soccer, etc.). No pro coverage. PD said you're busy pretty much every night with something, could be a little excessive. Was not terribly impressed with structure/organization for interview day. No program overview given, no handouts given. Some ppl missed last interview room with fellow bc no time. Grabbed for interviews while in the middle of lunch, etc. Facilities are older. Sports facilities seem ok and building new wt room. Overall mixed feelings about this place. Seems like you get a good operative experience and good automtomy if you get along with PD and are good. Possibly excessive sports responsibilities and not much variety of work outside of PD.

U of Kentucky
3 fellows/year. All seemed happy. True mentorship program model. 3 blocks, 4 months each. Seems to be a very good operative experience with good number and variety of cases (but not overboard). Operative autotomy is good as well. Some attendings run 2 rooms regularly, chief in one fellow in other. Good/appropriate progression to where you're doing everything. One guy does hip scopes but not regularly sch'd with him and can maybe do one day/week on some rotations, so more of small exposure, not heavy on hip scopes. Occasional sports trauma worked in but not heavy. Has pretty good TSA exposure. No exposure to THA/TKAs through normal schedule. Have opportunity to scrub other b&b trauma and TKAs, etc if you want with joints faculty, more towards end of year. No moonlighthing. Very light office-type call. Sports coverage is UK football plus 2 other smaller college fball teams. Each fellow assigned to team for the year so only 1 gets UK fball. No involvement with UK bball. Have opportunity to cover other UK sports in winter/spring if desired (not mens bball). PD (Johnson) has rep of "setting the bar" and expecting a lot from fellow in the OR. Some residents didn't like working with him. Can be a little stressful working with him first few weeks until finding what he wants, but fellows say he's a good teacher. Other faculty seemed pretty laid back but only met 2 others. Latterman is leaving. Overall, seems like it would be a good operative experience. Disappointed only 1 fellow gets UK fball and no coverage of UK bball.

Iowa
1 fellow/year. He seemed really happy. All faculty were awesome. Very approachable, down to earth, all great to operate with (per fellow). They really care about fellow education and will help you with finding jobs, etc. Always there to reach back out to in practice. About 4-5 faculty, with one new guy coming on next year adding more sports F&A stuff. Him and another are quite young (just out of fellowship now). Wide variety of cases. Do a lot of multiligs, TJ's, HTOs, latarjets plus other typical sports cases. Operative autotomy seems to be great as well. Fellow really liked his operative experience. One guy (older) does a lot of TSA. One of the younger guys does 50% hip scopes and is getting busy. Only required sports coverage is U of Iowa football. Seems like fellow gets a great experience and is actually an integral part of the treatment team. On sidelines for games and travel to away games with team, so very busy fall. Opportunity to do as much or as little as desired for other sports. Current fellow doing some basketball as well. No THA/TKAs worked in but ability to work in with joint guys towards end of the year if you'll be doing them in practice. Not really any b&b trauma. Might be able to work some with trauma guys like joints? Minimum 1 reseach project required, framework to do a lot if desired but no pressure to do a lot of research. Zero call. No moonlighting available. Iowa city seems like a pretty cool college town. Very afforable and not too big but still a lot to do with good bars/restaurants. Overall, thought this place was awesome. Only knock would be the two very young faculty guys but they both went to Iowa for residency and were superstar residents.

Wisconsin
1 fellow/year. She seemed happy. Faculty all seemed pretty approachable. About 5 faculty you work with total, 2 are younger and just a few years out from fellowship and they both do quite a bit of hip scopes with the fellow exposed to a lot. All faculty seemed like reasonable people, some have their "quirks" but no one outlandish/malignant. Operative experience seems good with appropriate autotomy and progression. Sometimes running two rooms with attending and seems like the general trend is they let you fly more as the year goes, some a little handsy at times. By 6 mo in you are pretty much doing the whole case with most stuff. Overall fellow felt she would be comfortable going into practice now (6 months in). Avg about 500 cases/year. Sports coverage is busy during fall with UW football. Home and away games and your own fellow athete clinic 2x/week in the later day, maybe 2-6 pts. Also an athlete clinic sunday ams during fball going from about 10:30-1. After fball, cover wrestling and after that up to you. Can cover as much/little as desired (bball, volleyball, etc. any sports). Zero call. Sounds like opportunity for moonlighting call exists but current fellow had not done any. Opportunity to scrub other services (joints, trauma, hand, S&E) if doing that in practice. Not much TSA inherently built into practice if you're interested in it you can def scrub more cases. Also no TKAs or b&b trauma built in inherently. Not much exposure to sports elbow, F&A as set up. Good array of cases in shoulder, hip, knee, including hip scopes and PAOs. New ortho facility/hosipital is very nice but about 20 min outside of downtown. Madison is a very cool medium sized city with lots to do. Overall, seemed like a good place to train and current fellow is happy.

U of Illinois-Chicago
1 fellow/year. Work with around 6-8 faculty spread over 4 three-month blocks (2 identical blocks done twice). Most of time spent with PD. Seems like you don't spend a significant amount of time with anyone other than PD for them to get comfortable with you in the OR. Was not sold on the program by the current fellow. Lots of driving to different locations (you'll need a car in Chicago), hardly any parking provided (very $). Sports coverage always busy, required to cover bball, hockey, baseball after fball (at least current fellow was assigned, but some faculty said it would be your preference). All teams are small colleges or HS other than UIC. Heard certain attendings have difficult "personalities" to deal with although some at the interview seemed very cool. Fellow was getting called random weekends the day of the do sports physicals, etc. Not much exposure to multiligs. Hard to get a good read on how good the operative experience was. TSA guy seems pretty cool and to be a good operating experience.

Penn State
1 fellow/year. He seemed content with the program. 4 core faculty (3 established/fairly established, 1 younger guy). All attendings seem pretty personable and easy-going. No one malignant or tough to work with (including in OR). Operative experience seems fairly good. One guy likes to move quick and will let you do some stuff as long as doesn't slow the day down. Another is pretty handsy at times. Younger guy is a younger guy so experience evolving. One attending the fellow really spoke highly of and said he'd let you do 90-100% of the case and was an awesome guy. Rotations split into 2, 6 week blocks with each attending rotating throughout the year. Not much exposure to complex cases (multiligs, meniscus transplants, elbow, etc.). A lot of general ortho (current fellow said cases split 60% sports 40% general/b&b trauma/joints). Will do a fair number of THAs/TKAs (which then includes rounding, but pts usually gone by the wkend). Do some TSAs but not a substantial amount so not the place if looking for that. Young guy does hip scopes but still getting going so volumes still low. Take a few days of call per month (usually 1 full wkend), just as operative backup person and hospital is level 3 so minimal. Fair amount of b&b trauma it seems. No moonlighting. Cover Penn state fball in fall (home games only). Not the first person eval'ing player on field tho but can afterwards. Stop by practice/training room 1-2x/week. Can cover other sports as desired rest of the year but no real pressure. No HS coverage. No big emphasis placed on research but there if you want it. Overall, seemed like a pretty good place if you're going into general practice but no exposure to complex cases. Happy Valley seems nice but is fairly small with major cities around but at least a 2-3 hr drive.

Brown
1 fellow/yr. ~5 faculty. Split them amongst the week. No rotations. All faculty seemd pretty cool. PD (Faradale) is very energetic and passionite about teaching/learning and about having good operative experience/fellow doing the case. Fellow said operative experience is good. Also get to board cases through resident clinic and through VA where fellow is the attending (faculty attending may or may not be present if you wantt them too). Also will get extra ~$250/case for VA cases. See a pretty good mix of complex cases, but no real exposure to complex elbow (although elbow scopes are available). No TKAs/THAs worked in either although you can work in with joints guys (however there is a joints fellow. Same thing with b&b trauma). Can have exposure to TSA if you seek it out. However there is a S&E fellow there too. Sounds like tons of good hip scope experience with a guy who's awesome to work with. Sports coverage is Brown football (home and away) and minor league hockey. No HS fball. Hockey can be a bit long, cover 20/30 home games from Oct-April. In the process of builiding a brand new ortho center which should be amazing. You do have a fellow clinic 3x/week after regular day from about 5-630/7. No call taken. Overall, seems like it would be a great place.

Boston U
1 fellow. 2 faculty total. Both are younger-middleaged and they both seem very laid back and easy going. You alterante ~4-6 weeks back and forth with each of them throughout the year. Seems like a very good variety of complex cases from tertiary referrals. Do multiligs, meniscus tplants, lots of complex shoulder stuff, lots of TSA. Not really any hip scopes done. However, they are hiring a new person soon who will do them and could be some opportunity to work with them. Current fellow seemed very happy. Operative experience seems to be very good. They progress you well throughout the year and sounds like good autotomy. Sports coverage is mainly just BU hockey and bball. Flexibility to amend amount of games you do. Seemed like fellow really had a pretty good lifestyle. Zero call. Done a lot of days by early-midafternoon (but still will do 4-6 cases/day and see 60 pts in clinic), Fridays off for whatever you want (research, cover trauma cases, nothing, whatever). No TKAs/THAs/trauma worked in but can have flexibilty to scrub with others if desired (however they're getting a joints fellow). Mainly btwn 2 facilities centrally located in Boston so could get by without a car. Liked the place. Seems like a laid-back atmosphere, good variety of cases with autotomy, good lifestyle. Prob not the place if you want to do hip scopes.

Umass
2 fellows. 5 faculty. Split into 6 weeks blocks-some you have more blocks with than others. 5 mos total with PD. Others you do 1-2 blocks with. All faculty seemed like really good guys and easy-going. PD seems like a very good advocate and emphasizes teaching, family, having a lasting relationship with the fellow. Both fellows seemed to love the place. Operative experience seems to be good. Sounds like 2 of the faculty are great in that they let you go skin to skin on day one. PD has a little different approach with progressed involvement but apparently first half of year is more watching and 2nd half you're doing everything with him. Sounds like one of the guys is not turning much however. PD does quite a bit of hip scopes (teaches hip scope courses around the country). Seems like a great depth and varitey of cases (level 1 trauma center with tertiary referrals). Will do multiligs, PCLs, etc. No HTOs however and maybe not many meniscal tplants. Great exposure to open shoulder/TSAs, elbow path, etc. Coverage includes multiple schools for HS fball, college fball and hockey. And for every game you are paid. (350/game for any college games, 200/game for HS). Current fellows would cover a hockey tournament for a day with 3 games and make $1000 in an afternoon. Not a ton of pressure to cover a ton of games bc you can give them to the residents who are very hungry to cover for the extra $$$. One of the attendings does a few TKAs per month. Have the option to jump in on more joints/trauma stuff with other services if desired. No other fellows other than hand there. Lifestyle at this program seems to be amazing without compromising operative experience/learning. Fellows on track to do 600-700 cases for the year. Said OR days done by 3p, clinic done 4-5p. Zero call. Worcester is somewhat of a blue collar, rough around the edges town (per others, however didn't seem terrible to me). Fellows lived a little ways outside of town. One lived 35 min outside Boston in a very nice suburb on train line and had a 15 min commute to work and was able to go into Boston all the time. Program pays for you to attend about 8 confs for the year. Salary in 70Ks. Overall, I was very surprised by this program. Seems to be a great place. Current fellows seemed to love it and were raving about the place.

U of Buffalo 2 fellows. About 5-6 faculty. Both fellows seemed very happy with the program. Sounds like opearative experience is very good and fellows are happy with what they're doing. Won't run 2 rooms. Level 1 center with referrals so see pretty much everything. Good hip scope and TSA exposure. No call. Nice skills lab with cadavers at the med school you always can access. Can set up TKAs/trauma with other services if desired. 1 fellow covers sabres/d3 fball, other fellow just covers Bills fball (only home games for all). Seems like the pro experience is really good and fellows are an integral part of the tx team. Fellows seemed to have very good relationships with the attendings. All attendings seemed cool/down to earth. Buffalo as a city seemed a little rough/industrial but fellows really did enjoy living there. Overall, solid program with good sports coverage of right amount. Buffalo as a city likely better than what it appears on the surface.

U of Rochester
Currently 1 fellow, moving to 2. 7 faculty. All seemed very nice and like good guys. Spend about 50% of your time with PD (Maloney). He's very busy and will run 2 rooms with 6-10 cases each. Fellow in 1 room, chief resident in the other. Will also see 60-70 pts in clinic (fellow does 20 or so of the notes). He seemed like a good guy. Lots of flexibilty for the rest of the time to go into areas interested in. Have a lot of shoulder and hip scope experiences. Current fellow was happy there and was a previous resident at the program and had signed to become faculty for the next year. Operative expereince good and on par with appropriate supervision into guided autotomy with the 2 room method. Do a ton of cases, fellow on track to do about 1000 for the year. Nice skills lab to use whenever with cadavers. Coverage is only d3 fball (home games only), can do more if desired. Also do 3-6p saturday athlete clinic Sep-Oct. After that all weekends free. No call. Can jump into other specialities if desired. Rochester seemed like a pretty decent city. Not as industrial/rough as Buffalo and smaller. Lots of snow like Buf though. Liked the program and seemed like you get good training with a great group of faculty. You might work a little longer days than other places given the volume but wkends seem to be pretty free for the most part after fball.

Houston Methodist
3 fellows/year. 3 core faculty. Do two month rotations with each twice. Also one older faculty member who does a lot of TKAs you can work in with. Operative experience seems amazing. Wide variety and complexity of cases. Possibly just lacking multiligs. Good exposure to hip scopes. One of core faculty is younger attending and that's his main practice. Debatable of how much hands-on you get with him. Seems other two attendings really give you a lot of autotomy in the OR. Sports coverage is pretty heavy and involved. Cover Texans (home/away), Rockets (split with UH fellows), as well as Astros, MLS soccer, Rice fball (home/away) (and baseball?) among other 2 fellows. Also are assigned your own HS fball team. Current fellows said during fall you can be pretty drained but they were enthusiatic about it and said they felt it wasn't subtracting from OR experience. Said it lightens up after fball in winter but baseball still had yet to start. Was repeated multiple times at the interview by faculty that this was not the place for someone who was not really excited about a ton of sports coverage. For Texans, more just observorship. Other sports, fellow is more involved in care. Have to take office call every third wkend which also includes rounding Sat/Sun on 1-2 pts. Also on Lintner's service you are pretty much always on office call for him. Majority of time spent at Houston Med center. Some of the fellows had HS's that were a 45 min plus drive. Lintner is a great mentor advocate. No real exposure to any b&b trauma. Overall, fellows seemed quite happy. On course for ~450 cases. Sports coverage could be overbearing but the OR experience seems fantastic.

UT San Antonio
1 fellow. 4 faculty. No rotations, just work with them all throughout the week. Faculty seem nice/and down to earth. Really high case volume 800-1000 fellow cases/yr. Seems operative autotomy is really good. Attending not scrubbing on a lot of stuff later in the year. Has hip scope exposure but doesn't seem like high #'s. Fellow had done 5-10 so far this yr. TSA is also there but possibly not super high volume but maybe can be if you seek it out. There is a S&E fellow however. Can have exposure to TKAs/THAs (sports faculty do them). Also some exposure to b&b trauma. Sports coverage is HS fball, UTSA fball and soccer, Spurs. Spurs is more observorship. Little difficult to decern how much coverage is required. Current fellow said only have to do Friday HS fball and rest is up to you. Some faculty said HS is thurs, fri, sat. Also have athlete clinic every Sat am from 7/8-10 am. No call/rounding ever.

San Diego Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship (Tasto)
3-4 fellows/year. 14 faculty members. Split into 4 different rotations with everyone mixed in, although each rotation has a core person you work with more. Seems like a lot of case volume, current fellows doing up to 1000 cases this year. Mix of private and academic guys. Interview format was one room with 8 faculty in there at once, a little different. Hard to get a read on them. Although they had a pre and post interview dinner which I couldn't make. Operative experience/autotomy seems somewhat average. Some guys really good to work with, others not so much, and there's a lot of faculty mixed in. Sometimes there's pressure to get cases done by 5p and some of them will do up to 19 cases/day. Sports coverage is HS fball and small college fball. Also some soccer mixed in. Might be getting the Padres back in a year but not for sure. Split btwn fellows and prime care fellows. Sounds like there can be a lot of driving btwn HS fball and also you work at a ton of different facilities/clinics bc of all the different faculty . Tasto no longer operates but seems like a very nice guy. Sounded like you maybe spend some time in clinic with him. Have to take 2 weeks of call total split throughout the year. More involved call than other places it sounds. Having to see consults and do cases occassionally with attending. No real moonlighting opportunities built in but could set up on your own if you can find the time. Salary is only 55K and SD sounds like its just getting more expensive. $2K-3K/month for 1-2 bedroom apmnt. But SD really is a sweet city so get what you pay for I suppose.

U of New Mexico
2 fellows/year. Both seemed very happy. 6 faculty. 2 different rotations that are 3 months and you end up doing each twice. One rotation is older faculty, other is younger faculty, 3 faculty for each rotation. All of the faculty seemed very nice and personable, fellows said there was no one they didn't enjoy working with. Very good operative case variability, will see multiligs, etc. They are the only level 1 trauma center in state. Operative autotomy seems very good as well. Fellows said they'd be comfortable starting practice at this point. You do the case, one fellow said he was going to actually ask attendings to start doing more so he could pick up more tricks/pearls. Good TSA and hip scope experience as well. Both fellows planning to do hip scopes in practice. Said they had done about 30 each but they do most of the case. Have some UKAs/TKAs mixed in as well. Sports coverage is just UNM fball, but have option to have your own HS fball if desired which they said was really fun. Cover all home games for UNM fball and then 1-2 away games that you pick. Training rm 1 day/week per fellow. Will have a sunday post game clinic but split with other fellow and many times was cancelled during fball season. Cover 2 mens bball games for season but can do more. Also cover a handful of women's bball and volleyball. Overall, sports coverage didn't seem super burdensome. No call. Can moonlight at small community hospital 30 min away for good $$. Very small hospital that doesn't qualify as any trauma level. On with a chief resident. Albequerque a pretty cool town with decent cost of living. Pretty impressed with this place. Seems like a hidden gem program.
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