Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Review 2021-22

8 months 1 week ago #39363 by Joonie
Adding a few details on programs which I wish I had during my application year

MGHAgree with above, Kwon is very invested in the fellows. Biggest weakness is lack of DA. New joints attending does DA but new so doing cases himself and not yet part of the fellowship. Fellows seemed a bit disgruntled due to lack of flexibility and ability to see interesting cases as there are no residents incorporated into the rotations. Therefore all cases are yours but attending is dependent on you being there. Call situation is drastically improved but remains a work hard fellowship. Attendings are well connected and will set you up nicely for an academic career, though plenty of fellows also go into private practiceNew England BaptistOne of the highest volume programs but a primary house. OR 4.5-5 days per week. Weakness is revision volume (still double scrubbing) and no clinic, if that is something you feel you need. Work with a lot of attendings, will see every approach but all anteriors done on table. Option to take additional floor call for good money to support Boston cost of livingCedars SinaiWent unfilled this past year based on a post in the forum. Seems like a good program, great location. Built in flexibility, will see decent revisions but mixed autonomy. Spend 6 months learning supracap approach, which is probably the main weakness if you aren't planning to use that in practice afterUCLALot of hype, Sassoon seems great. Great location. Have heard mixed autonomy, particularly with the DA experience. Will see the biggest revisions on the West Coast with McPherson and Stavrakis who is in her own right McPherson 2.0USCLot of complex primaries and will see every type of revision. All posterior. Primarily work with Oakes but Heckmann is a savant and they both tackle crazy cases. Unclear autonomy as Oakes is very particular but sounds like you work up to it. 25% of primary cases will go to the residents as Oakes is also the residency program director. Not sure if someone can confirm this but fellowship is not ACGME accredited so you may get paid less than a PGY-1 resident while living in LAScrippsLot of primaries, very few revisions. Will get a good uni and DA experience. Get to be in beautiful San Diego but not get paid enough to live there. Spend a day per week doing pre-op clinic which does not seem like a good use of time during fellowship yearNYUGreat location, good alumni network and name, work with a lot of attendings. Weakness seems to be you only rotate through once with each group of attendings. Unclear autonomy, attending dependent but seems hard to build rapport based on the short time you work with each. Schwarzkopf seems intense but will likely be a good mentor and teacher if you thrive in that environment. Good # of OR days per week. Seem to have fixed the problems with the chief making the weekly OR schedule as the fellows now have assigned ORs based on their rotation but still junior resident in terms of your standingLenox HillCancelled in-person interviews a week or two before they took place, after applicants booked hotels and flights. Seems to be a lot of driving but to worthwhile sites and all reimbursed. Lifestyle fellowship with high salary, housing stipend, and opportunity to live in NYC. Get a good knee experience with Scuderi but hip revision experience seems lacking after Monte left for Baltimore. There is one site where you may see hip revisions more complex than a head and liner exchange but you're only there for a few weeks of the year so luck of the drawBronxCareNot much out there on them but will see a ton of complex primaries and revisions due to patient population in the Bronx. Lack of DA and volume seem to be the biggest weaknesses as it is a 2 surgeon fellowship and the system is still recovering post-COVID. Great group of people however, they seem to care about the fellow and the experience and will take good care of you. A lot of potential to be a great fellowship  Last advice - take everything here with a grain of salt as everyone is looking for something different and people's opinions vary vastly. Location is great but big cities seem to have too many programs which will affect case volume and revision mix. Best source of information are the current fellows but some of them will also over vouch so talk to more than one if possible

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