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Birmingham
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Alabama

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6

University of Alabama Medical Center Orthopedic Residency Program, Birmingham, AL

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8.1
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
6.0
Residents 
 
9.0
Lifestyle 
 
7.0
Location 
 
7.0
Overall Experience 
 
8.0

UAB ortho residency review

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
The staff really appreciate the residents and take the initiative to teach and instruct on techniques. Our current program director, Dr. Khoury, is a true resident advocate and has been very responsive to change requested by residents. Dr. Theiss is the current chairman and he is a great leader who is pushing forth for expansion and recruitment for UAB Orthopedics.
Didactics / Teaching
The didactics and teaching largely take place on the go using each case or patient in clinic as teaching examples. There is also a formal dedicated didactic time on Thursday afternoons 2 PM - 5 PM with lunch provided.
Operating Experience
Operating experience is second to none. We have high volume and plenty of experience in the operating room. We feel comfortable with complex cases. Fellows that come to UAB are often impressed by the skills of our chiefs. Our UAB residents have previously won the AO basic surgical skills competition.
Clinic Experience
Similar to the OR, clinic is high volume and educational. Most attendings take time to teach about the diagnosis and treatment plans. One can expect to go to the clinic 2x week on most rotations. Our clinics are probably in line with most major academic institutions.
Research Opportunities
The opportunity for research is definitely there. Although most attendings do not publish routinely, there are a few that publish consistently. They are easy to work with and you will have no trouble obtaining funding or completing as many projects as you see fit. Our residents publish anywhere from 1 to 10 papers during residency. If you want the research and papers spoon fed to you, however, you may have an easier time at the more "academic" institutions.
Residents
Amazing group to work with! Come rotate here to see what we are about.
Lifestyle
Busy busy. This is not a country club or white collar program. You work hard but you get a lot out of it.
Location / Housing
Birmingham is a great city for those who love the outdoors and don't like traffic. It has most attractions that one would seek in a mid sized city. Cost of living is moderate to low with lots of affordable housing.
Limitations
Probably could get better at producing research to push forth the UAB name across the country.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great program! No regrets about coming here for my ortho training. I considered many different programs, including much more academic, "name brand" programs. However, I definitely would not have gotten the training and technical skills at the other programs just due to the culture and number of fellows.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
did not rotate
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9.6
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10.0
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9.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
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9.0
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10.0

UAB Ortho

I rotated as a medical student here and am a current resident.

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Dr. Theiss has done an excellent job as chairman of the division since he took over a couple of years ago. He was the program director prior, but Dr. Khoury has taken over that post. Both of these men have worked tirelessly to improve our residency program, and the effect is clear. Our program has at least two fellowship trained surgeons in every specialty, which is something that not every program has. Several faculty have recently returned for second look interviews so I only expect that our faculty will continue to improve overall. The vast majority of our staff are easily approachable.
Didactics / Teaching
Three hours from 2-5pm every Thursday afternoon are committed for didactics/taching. In the summer, we focus heavily on OITE review via high yield lectures and OITE question review. Throughout the academic year, we have a variety of lectures from our own faculty or visiting faculty and saw bones / cadaver labs. Also, our program purchases a 365 day Orthobullets study plan that provides daily topics to read as well as graded tests to use to monitor our progress.
Operating Experience
We have a graduated operative experience here that I think works extremely well. As an intern, you are introduced to the operating room on multiple services (ortho trauma, joints, peds, plastics). You are scrubbed in with multiple other folks (attendings, residents, etc) so it allows you to learn the flow of the OR, scrubbing/gowning/gloving, instruments, orthopaedic implants, and especially to practice your closure while supervised. As you progress through each year, your hands on experience increases appropriately IF you have prepared for the case by reading ahead of time.
Clinic Experience
Clinic is a pretty standard experience given that some are very busy while others are more low key. You can expect to be in clinic a couple of days per week; sometimes half days, sometimes all day. You get your share of injections to perform. Also it is a great time for education to review images with your attending and discuss natural history/treatment plan/etc. with the attending.
Research Opportunities
Research is certainly present for those who are interested. Everyone is required to do at least one project. However, we have several attendings who are very research intensive so the opportunities are there for the taking. One resident who desires to pursue an academic career has approximately 10 publications. During the PGY 4 year, we have a two month research block. The first month, you take call two nights a week. The second month has great potential if you have completed a research project. We have had residents go to France to do an observorship with Dr. Pascal Boileau. Some have gone to Kenya on medical missions trips to Tenwek hospital. Others use the time for U.S. based externships or to travel.
Residents
I firmly believe that the residents are the tipping point for this program. This is what sold me on coming to UAB. There is a strong family atmosphere throughout the program without any malignant hierarchical structure. Everyone gets along very well and many residents and their spouses/kids hang out outside of work. The interns can approach their chiefs and ask them questions. They may get picked on in a friendly manner, but everyone is always willing to help. We have chief residents that will carry the ED pager for the junior resident at times so that they can get in the OR. The senior residents do a lot of teaching to the junior level residents both in clinic and the OR.
Lifestyle
Our lifestyle is great for a surgical residency. We absolutely work very hard. Some rotations are certainly harder and demand more time than others, but there is time for other activities and interests. The vast majority of residents are married and many have kids (some multiple!). Residents are ready and willing to help each other cover call/clinical duties when "life" happens. It is a surgical residency, so expect to work hard, but to also have fun. There are many local opportunities for outdoors activities as well.
Location / Housing
Birmingham is a great city to live in. It is a vibrant city with a lot of history. Renovations are occurring throughout downtown to bring back the "magic city" feel. There are many nice suburbs to live in. The majority of residents buy a home when they come to town. Overall, buying and renting is very affordable. The number of top notch restaurants with nationally known chefs continues to grow. Also, Birmingham has the oldest (Rickwood Field) and newest (Regions Field) baseball parks in the country! You are also within a few hours drive to several other major cities... Atlanta, Nashville, New Orleans... and the beach.
Limitations
I have no regrets about coming to UAB. If you're interested in an academic career, you can certainly obtain that through this program, but you could find more research opportunities at more traditionally academic programs.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Overall, this is an excellent program that continues to improve. The residents are wonderful people to spend 5 years of your life with. Birmingham as a city has a lot to offer from it's history to natural beauty. Our residents graduate and go on to their respective fellowship programs and are ahead of the vast majority of their co-fellows in terms of operative experience. That cannot be discounted. I would choose UAB again.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
2012-present
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Overall rating 
 
9.7
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
9.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

UAB Ortho

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Our core faculty put in a lot of time toward resident education and the program has taken great strides to make UAB a place where you can excel as a surgeon quickly.
Didactics / Teaching
The Thursday 2-5 lectures are at a convenient time. Summer and pre OITE test prep is excellent. The March Anatomy series with hands on cadaver dissection is very valuable.
Operating Experience
Very well rounded and high volume.
Clinic Experience
Nurses and Clinical care coordinators help greatly during clinic. Sometimes I would prefer to dictate my notes rather than type into the EMR, but the templates and autotext features make it very manageable.
Research Opportunities
Research is here if you want it. Only one publishable paper is required for graduation/senior research day, but you can easily publish 5+ papers in your time here. The research section is expanding and making it easier to accomplish IRB's and data mining quickly.
Residents
Very fun and hardworking group. The fellow residents make the trauma service enjoyable when you are juggling so many patients and surgical cases.
Lifestyle
Rocking climbing, mountain biking, and hiking is 10-25 minutes away.
Multiple lakes are within 45-90 mintues away for the weekends.
Multiple Deer / Bird hunting sites are 20-60 minutes away.
Multiple excellent breweries, bars, and restaurants either downtown or in the surrounding suburbs.

Location / Housing
Upscale lofts / condos available 2 minutes from the hospital or nice neighborhood houses available 5-15 minutes away.
Limitations
While in the program you will be in the call pool at different times for UAB Main trauma, Highlands Hospital, Childrens Hospital, VA Hospital. But while these hospitals are not centralized all in one building, they are no more than 1-5 blocks or 2-5 minutes away from each other given the traffic.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
UAB was the best all around program I visited. It offers high surgical volume; subsequently, you will be very well trained in virtually any orthopeadic subspecialty field you choose to pursue. I like many of the subspecialities, so I wanted a place where I could get several repetitions and operate independently without too many others scrubbed or overreaching fellow involvement. Birmingham is a great city.

I would definitely rank UAB as my #1 again if I were coming out as a medstudent.

Visit the program website and check it out yourself:
https://www.uab.edu/medicine/surgery/orthopaedics/education-training/orthopaedic-residency

Qualification

I am an alumnus of this program.
Date of Rotation
2011-2016
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7.8
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6.0
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Residents 
 
9.0
Lifestyle 
 
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review from rotator and resident

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Chairman is a great guy. Spine surgeon. Has the residents and the program at the forefront and really cares about the residents. An advocate for sure.
Didactics / Teaching
Was not a strong point in the past, but recently the entire program was started on the orthobullets daily study plan. This along with lectures from the attendings really adds to the didactics of the program.
Operating Experience
This is 2nd to none. Really the strength of the program. Trauma is where residents learn to operate and the trauma experience here is great. Residents get to operate early and often. Interns are doing nails and amputations with the guidance of upper levels.
Clinic Experience
Good clinical experience. Residents rotate through a variety of services over their 5 years. These services have an adequate portions of both OR and clinical experience.
Research Opportunities
Its there if you want it. Residents must complete one research project that is their own by the time they graduate. Residents can do just one and be done, or can publish 10 times a year. Both styles are welcome.
Residents
Great group of guys. Everyone gets along real well and they hang out in their free time. Will get together for beers after lecture or on the weekends.
Lifestyle
great lifestyle for the residents. They work hard on trauma and a few other rotations, but make up for it with a regular life on other rotations.
Location / Housing
Great location in the south. Birmingham is a growing city with lots of opportunity. The city has really changed in the past 5 years. There are several breweries in town with a great minor league baseball team. The surrounding area has ample opportunity for hiking, fishing and mountain biking. Housing is readily available. You can buy 3 bed 2 bath houses within 10 minutes of the hospital for 180-250k. Tons of apartments to rent from as well. Can live downtown and walk to the hospital or in one of the nearby neighborhoods.
Limitations
UAB definitely isnt a research powerhouse. Its great for those who want to be in the south, but the city and area maybe a limitation for some.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Overall, great program. They are rotator heavy and if you want to match you really need to consider rotating here for a shot.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2015
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
6.9
Staff Surgeons 
 
7.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.0
Operating Experience 
 
5.0
Clinical Experience 
 
4.0
Research 
 
5.0
Residents 
 
8.0
Lifestyle 
 
9.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
6.0

UAB

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Many of the faculty have strong personalities, of which they are not hesitant to share. With some, their approach to problem solving is needlessly antisocial. This could be temporarily tolerable if there was not a constant schedule change each week with another prima donna with which to keep from being underfoot.
Didactics / Teaching
There is lecture each morning on powerpoint on a variety of orthopedic topics. These are given by faculty and residents and are helpful. The times and locations of lecture were slightly unreliable and would change also according to the service you were on. Being in the right place at the right time depended wholly on whether your resident knew where to be and if they thought of communicating that to you in time.
Operating Experience
Depending on the attending, as a student, you can be sitting out or be first assistant to the resident. I found that more often than not I was much less active in the OR than I had been in other rotations.
Clinic Experience
This mainly consisted of shadowing either the resident or attending.
Research Opportunities
Other than the occasional case report, there were very limited research opportunities.
Residents
Are helpful, but too busy to bother with teaching students. Understandable, but a complete contrast to what I have seen at other orthopedic rotations.
Lifestyle
Residents know how to make the most of their time and have fun together. Call is manageable.
Location / Housing
Most residents live in Crestline Village, which is a nice area of Birmingham (in the city of Mountain Brook). It is safe, reasonably close, and with a great school system.
Limitations
The program as a whole seems strangely disorganized, but with time, I believe this can be overcome. As a resident you see a wide variety of cases and work with many great attendings. There is an emphasis on written exams and preparing well for that, more so than I have seen at other programs.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
The rotation seems to be structured much more towards getting attending / student introductions, whereupon they can make brief assessments of your ability to be an appropriate resident. There are several flaws in this system, the main of which is that the student is left with much less of a learning opportunity than is achieved at other schools.

Qualification

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