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Residents per class
3
Stanford University Orthopedic Residency Program, Stanford, CA

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3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.3
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.3  (3)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.7  (3)
Operating Experience 
 
8.7  (3)
Clinical Experience 
 
9.7  (3)
Research 
 
10.0  (3)
Residents 
 
9.7  (3)
Lifestyle 
 
8.7  (3)
Location 
 
10.0  (3)
Overall Experience 
 
9.3  (3)
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Overall rating 
 
9.3
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.0
Operating Experience 
 
9.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
9.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Current Resident

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
There are now 7 per class (started in 2012). Staff here are very well rounded, and overall excellent. Dr. Maloney is chairman, relatively hands-off of the program, but does a ton in the shadows to support the resident experience. Dr. Avedian is the program director and is very resident friendly and approachable. There is a good mix of young ambitious surgeons (Abrams, Bishop, Hunt, Cheng) and experienced big names (Safran, Maloney, Goodman, Hu).
Didactics / Teaching
Once weekly required teaching from 6:30-9 including grand rounds. Anatomy course with cadavers in the fall, and once a month intern exclusive teaching with faculty, sometimes involving hands-on cadaver, scoping, skills sessions. Educational courses mostly attending driven. There are also monthly journal clubs for each service at restaurants, and weekly Monday morning and friday morning conference, which resident attend depending on the service.
Operating Experience
Overall very good, but depends on the service. Best experiences for early exposure are at Stanford trauma, the Valley county hospital, and the VA. Interns and 2's routinely operate at the sites. It is expected that the most junior resident is the primary surgeon while the senior walks them through the case. On joints and sports at Stanford there is some competition for cases with fellows, but does not appear to limit the experience. NP's and PA's on most services help with floor coverage to allow juniors to get to the OR.
Clinic Experience
Typical, well balanced, friendly attendings, not painful. Most clinic is at the outpatient center in Redwood City.
Research Opportunities
Abundant and beyond. Research focused, but not enforced. At one of the premier research institutions in the world, and the ortho department is no exception.
Residents
Tremendous group. Have each others backs, love to hang out, and laid back in general. Good mix of academic minded and private practice ambitions. The strongest part of this program is the residents.
Lifestyle
Very good. Moderate trauma (2 level-1 centers), but not overwhelming and can typically get some sleep on call. Palo Alto is a fantastic place to live, with tons to do within an hour. Home call at all institutions, which can be a blessing or painful (if busy overnight) as there are no post-call days. q7 at Stanford, q4 at the Valley. There is discussion of adding a night-float system in the future.
Location / Housing
Palo Alto: very ritzy, suburban feel. 45 min to Santa Cruz, San Francisco, 3 hours to Tahoe, Yosemite, Santa Barbara, Redwoods. Tons to do, fits every niche.
Limitations
Moderate number of fellows, does not seem to get in residents way except on sports. Plenty of operative experience and Call system can be great or painful, and may be changing in the future.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Overall a fantastic, well rounded program. Good exposure to all fields, and multiple attendings in all sub-specialties. Laid back California feel, but opportunities are endless. Residents get top choices in fellowship due to the big names and research experiences.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
06/2014
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
9.7
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
9.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

Stanford Residency

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
The staff is great. We have big names if that is what you are looking for..... I.e Maloney, Schurman, Goodman for joints; Safran, Fanton, McAdams for sports; etc. Despite the big names, they are all great teachers. They are all willing to help you with any project you want....
Didactics / Teaching
We have grand rounds every Wed from 6:30 till 9:30. In addition there are XR rounds every Mon at Stanford and Teaching rounds at the vally every mon. The VA has a conference every Wed and random path reviews.
Operating Experience
This is the best part of our program. Although we have fellows you are usually one on one with an attending except on the arthritis service.
Clinic Experience
Excellent. Lots of teaching on Sports and Peds. The teaching at the Valley depends on the chiefs you have.
Research Opportunities
Abundant!!!!!!
Residents
All the residents are great. We all cover each other as needed.
Lifestyle
Our intern year is cush as we have a night float system. R2 year is a bit rough, but it will improve as we progress to R3-5 yrs
Location / Housing
Location=great; Housing=expensive
Limitations
Housing
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
As a resident I think this is a great program. We have much more one on one operative experience with attendings than any other program. The only weakness is the cost of living in the bay area...

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
7/23/08
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(Updated: October 23, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
9.0
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
7.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
9.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Stanford Ortho Residency

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Faculty are great overall. Big names include Malloney, Goodman, Carragee, and Safran (just came from UCSF), among others. Fanton and McAdams are now both team docs for SF 49ers. There are also great faculty at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center and the VA Hospital. Malloney is very driven and will certainly improve the reputation of this program rapidly. As a Chair, he is not very approachable and contact with him is very limited.
Didactics / Teaching
Didactics and teaching are solid, but there is room for improvement. Some faculty are much more enthusiastic about teaching than others, but that goes for most programs. Didactic sessions vary depending on the specialty you are rotating on, but there are plenty of them.
Operating Experience
Stanford has a lot of fellows, which takes away from the resident surgical experience. Be prepared to work like crazy during the intern year doing a lot of scut work, and you will only get three months of Ortho experience (similar to many programs). The best OR experience comes at Santa Clara Valley MC, where the residents get to do most everything under the supervision of an attending. The VA operating experience is better than Stanford Hospital as well.
Clinic Experience
Clinical experience is great at all locations. You will see a lot and do a lot. No complaints here.
Research Opportunities
Plenty of research to be done with many great names. Stanford is a research heavy place and they encourage all the research you can handle.
Residents
Overall, the residents are a good group. Stanford wants to increase the size of its program from four to six new spots each year. To show its commitment, they have been picking up residents from other Ortho programs that have closed down. Some of these residents are not as sharp as the regulars, but for the most part they are very good quality residents.
Lifestyle
The lifestyle is pretty good there. A lot of home call and the location is terrific. Residents are very happy for the most part. They work hard, but not nearly as hard as some other programs. The Ortho Residents Room has just been remodeled, complete with free snacks and drinks, plasma screen, plenty of brand new computers, lockers, soft sofas, etc... A good place to hang out when on-call with nothing to do.
Location / Housing
Location, except for the cost of living, cannot be beat. Small town feel living in Stanford or Palo Alto, but only a short drive, 25 minutes, to San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Cruz is a 45 minute drive, Lake Tahoe a 4 hour drive, and Los Angeles 6 hours. Weather around Stanford is perfect. Warm but not hot summers, cooler winters with some rain, but no snow or ice storms like other places. Most winter days you can wear a t-shirt and shorts and not be too cold. Plenty to do in the local area like hiking, cycling, mountain biking, surfing, etc...
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Overall experience was really good. The program is on the rise and the work demands, work environment, and lifestyle are hard to beat. You want to work fairly hard to learn enough in residency, and Stanford offers a "just the right amount" experience.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
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