Review Detail

9.8 6 10
California August 12, 2007 18304
Rotator review
(Updated: April 14, 2017)

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Agree with previous. Great faculty and staff who are all willing to teach. In particular their PD Schwartz is fantastic.
Didactics / Teaching
Agree with previous. Protected didactics every Wednesday morning.
Operating Experience
Strong operative experience, plenty of cases to go around, but in my opinion not as much autonomy given to residents in the OR like I saw at some of the more "blue collar" programs.
They only have 4 fellows- hand, trauma, spine, joints. It didn't seem like any of the fellowships had a negative impact on the resident experience.
Clinic Experience
Clinic is clinic. They have Epic here.
Research Opportunities
Agree with previous. Tons of research. 6 year program, everyone does a research year here.
Agree with previous. Great group of guys and gals, all very happy with their training at ucsd.
"Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means ‘a whale’s vagina'."
Agree with previous. San Diego. 10/10.
Location / Housing
Agree with previous. San Diego. 10/10.
None really. Some of the residents mentioned that the program was weak in tumor, I didn’t rotate on tumor so I can’t really comment.

Edit: forgot to mention that they have two primary sites: La Jolla(Perlman hospital, ucsd med school, and the SD VA) and Hillcrest(their level I trauma center). Hillcrest and La Jolla are about 13 miles apart and the drive can be a pain when you have to rotate in La Jolla and then drive to Hillcrest to take trauma call(drive took about 45minutes for me at 5pm on a weekday). Not a big drawback for me, You'll have to do some driving at most programs.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great program, great residents, unbeatable location. 6 year mandatory research track may be a drawback for some.


I rotated as a medical student at this program
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