Valley Consortium for Medical Education - Orthopedic Surgery Residency

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DMC is a busy level 2 trauma center with a broad range of pathology related to acute trauma and in house consultations. Stanislaus Health Services Agency (HSA) clinic will provide residents with a broad range of orthopedic pathology and cold trauma cases. Stanislaus Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic (SOSMC) will provide residents with a busy elective private practice experience.

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9.3
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DMC - Auditioning Student
(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating
 
9.3
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
 
4.0
Overall Experience
 
10.0
Doctors Hospital Modesto:
This is a new osteopathic program at a level II trauma center in a community hospital located in central California. The program kicked off on 7/13 with four residents, two R2's and two interns, in a hospital that hosts a large allopathic family medicine program.

Pro's: DMC is a busy ER with TONS of ortho pathology that has basically been untapped until now. Despite the fact that the program has only been running for a few months, the residents at this program are by far some of the smartest and most well-read of any I saw on my auditions. The main faculty come from a diverse background of post-grad and fellowship training, and they are absolutely excited to be teaching the "young bucks." Their expectations are lofty, and if you fall short - even as a student - you will hear about it. The program is pushing for intense academic education, and Dr. Marc Trzeciak - the PD - will allow nothing to stand in the way of the daily formal teaching. Education is a solid 5d/week, with fx conference/Miller review/journal club being included in the weekly schedule. Interns here were immediately in the OR with the knife if they proved to the attending that the were prepared. There is so much surgery to be had that even with a full program (10 residents) there will not be an issue getting exposure. One of the R2's is already at ~200 cases this year if I remember correctly. As far as I know, this is the only program that has a resident run clinic, and cases booked by the resident at the clinic will be performed by that resident - whether they are an R1 or an R5. As a student, you will work hard, you will have to read TONS to function at academics each morning, you will be expected to know just about everything about the surgery you are scrubbing on and you will get yelled at if you don't - but the beauty is that if you do rise to the occasion, you will be rewarded with increased OR time/opportunity. For the residents, work hour restrictions are monitored very tightly, which is probably not a bad thing considering the volume of education the residents are expected to prepare for daily. In short, this program has the volume, the faculty enthusiasm, the academics, and the support staff to become one of the best in the county IMO.

Cons: If location is high on your list, or if you are afraid to work hard/study harder than you did in medical school, you may be less inclined to rotate at/rank this program.

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Support staff: very friendly, accommodating, and from what I could tell, hard working.
Faculty/PD: Vast experience with diverse training backgrounds. Excited to be part of a residency program to pass on their knowledge/experience. Very family oriented group.
Didactics / Teaching
Academics are held every morning Mon-Fri. Schedule is as follows:
Mon: fracture conference
Tues-Thurs: Miller review/OITE questions
Fri: Journal Club
Operating Experience
Unparalleled. Interns have early exposure to the OR with ample opportunity to prove that they can perform the cases. The ER is extremely busy, and at this point, there is nothing standing in the way of the operative volume.
Clinic Experience
Varies among each faculty member, but is generally a fast-paced 2days/week during business hours.
Research Opportunities
Dr. Marc Trzeciak is serious about academics, and it is clearly his intention to provide his residents with every opportunity possible to perform/submit research on various topics.
Residents
Easily the brightest group of residents I've seen on any of my auditions. Very explicit in their drive to learn orthopedics. All are very well-read, well-prepared, and excited to teach.
Lifestyle
Orthopedics is my lifestyle, so to me, working more hours means a better lifestyle. Modesto can accommodate this. If your meaning of lifestyle is to work less and have more personal time, this program will likely not provide you with that.
Location / Housing
Housing is not provided, however the residents are often obliged to rent a room to you for the duration of the rotation.
Limitations
This is an early program, so it is difficult to recognize many limitations that may arise in the future. At this point, the number of very positive aspects of the residency are overwhelming, and with this group (faculty and residents) I am confident that it will only get better.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
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Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
6/1/13 - 7/1/13
JD
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DMC is a busy level 2 trauma center with a broad range of pathology related to acute trauma and in house consultations. Stanislaus Health Services Agency (HSA) clinic will provide residents with a broad range of orthopedic pathology and cold trauma cases. Stanislaus Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic (SOSMC) will provide residents with a busy elective private practice experience.
DMC - Auditioning Student (Written by Jake Duncan, September 29, 2013)
 
9.3
"Doctors Hospital Modesto: This is a new osteopathic program at a level II trauma center in a community hospital located in central California. The program kicked off on 7/13 with four residents, two R2's and two interns, in a hospital that hosts a large allopathic family medicine program. Pro's: DMC is a busy ER with TONS of ortho pathology that has basically been untapped until now. Despite the fact that the program has only been running for a few months, the residents at this program are by far some of the smartest and most well-read of any I..."

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