University of California (Davis)

University of California (Davis)

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Sacramento
State/Province
California

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Residents per class
4
University of California (Davis) Orthopedic Residency Program, Sacramento, CA

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4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
6.5
Staff Surgeons 
 
7.0  (4)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
5.8  (4)
Operating Experience 
 
6.8  (4)
Clinical Experience 
 
6.8  (4)
Research 
 
6.3  (4)
Residents 
 
6.0  (4)
Lifestyle 
 
6.0  (4)
Location 
 
8.0  (4)
Overall Experience 
 
6.3  (4)
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Overall rating 
 
8.8
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
6.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
9.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Program Update

I am current junior Ortho resident here at UC Davis. I love this program and I am partially biased but I should be cause this place is awesome. We are busy and get a great education here. Our program is way different than it used to be as far as personality and learning environment and that is for the better. I love working and hanging out with my co residents. To me this is super important. These are the people you will see every day for 5 years. You better feel like you can fit in and get along with the group of residents at your ranked programs or residency will be harder than it should be.

My two cents....at the same interest rate as my loans those 2cents will be worth ~ $12 by the end of residency.

Best of luck.

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Chairman - NEW Dr Lor Randal
He is from the Utah program most recently. He ran the Sarcoma institute there and is a big name in Ortho Onc. He is full of energy and brings fresh vision and leadership to our program. He has been great to interact with and is super interested in how residents view the program and how he can improve our educational experience.

PD - Dr Cassandra Lee
She has been PD for my whole residency experience. She is a great educator and is awesome to work with in the OR. She is super interested in having the residents been involved in cases and allows you tons of room to learn in the OR. She is not super controlling(handsy) in the OR. As a resident that is great because, we come to residency for many things, but learning how to actually do the surgery with our hands is certainly one of the more fun ones and she does a great job of facilitating that kind of learning.

Faculty - Top Notch
They are great educators and mentors. many of them are internationally known and have tons of connections to the orthopedic world which is important when applying to fellowships. while each surgeon is different, and each gives varying amounts of autonomy in the OR, on the whole they are awesome, very skilled and fun to work with. There is no awkward hierarchy and they are all very approachable and easy to speak with.
Didactics / Teaching
We have "triage" or fracture conference every morning. This is not a chief resident lead session. we typically have 2-3 trauma attendings, joints attending, peds attending, and spine attending along with the fellows and almost all the residents. This is a teaching conference that is awesome. When you are the nightfloat guy presenting the consults overnight it can be a little intimidating but it is amazing teaching and learning experience. It is like getting AO basic and AO advanced every morning.

We have tri weekly protected education time for an hour after triage in the mornings. this is usually an attending lead didactic session. During OITE prep season it is Resident run test prep. The lectures are usually super high quality.

We also have grand rounds weekly with presentations from big names in Ortho or from faculty in our department.
Operating Experience
Excellent

An example:
As a junior I am doing spine cases one on one with the attending. There are two spine fellows but we don't complete with cases and almost never double scrub. If a case is scheduled for me the fellows ask me if they can join if it is super interesting. When it is me and the attending only almost always they do the approach and instrumentation to their side and I do my side of the table with their close supervision and full attention. This includes the decompressions, even in the cervical spine.

second example: trauma
This rotation has tons of opportunity for operating and our faculty are amazing. while not the usual, I have several times gotten to do cases with only the attending in the room for things like Perc pelvic fixation, pilon fx, blown up distal femurs.

I am pretty bad at logging cases but have >650 early in my third year. On pace to log way more than the national average.
Clinic Experience
Pretty good - only thing I would like is more mid levels to help with clinics. But even without them our experience is pretty good. No one goes into Ortho to be a great clinic doctor. However, it is a great space to learn about diagnosis and clinical decision making which is a huge part of being a surgeon. In clinic our Attendings do a great job of teaching formally and informally.
Research Opportunities
There are research opportunities but this is certainly not the focus of our current residency. Dr Randal wants to increase our research footprint and impact. there are guys who publish 15+ papers in residency and guys who publish the one required project. There is room for both kinds of residents here. There is not yet a huge research machine that cranks out projects that you can just throw your name on and it does take a certain amount of individual effort to start and complete a project there are signs of positive changes in the department especially with Dr Randal and his new vision.
Residents
great group of people to work with and live life with. way better than it was 4-5 years ago. great camaraderie, bunch of super smart, hardworking, fun loving people. biggest strength of this program(of which I am a part) in my unbiased and humble opinion.
Lifestyle
it is what you want it to be. great for city dwellers, nature enthusiasts alike. we are busy and spend alot of our time working(like every Ortho residency) but the hospital is nice and the ORs are new and the people here are awesome. It is great to get to vacation destinations easily to make the most of our time off.
Location / Housing
Sac is an up and coming place. it has a surprisingly good food scene. the new golden one center where the Kings play(you can watch them get killed by your favorite team when they are in town). IF you like beer or wine this place is awesome. we have >55 breweries in Sac and more are opening all the time. We are also within an hour of Amador County which is awesome wine country that is not as well known as Napa Valley(1.5hrs) but way less touristy with great wines.

There are a bunch of rivers, reservoirs, the delta, lakes in the area with some great fishing close by.

There is Tahoe(South Tahoe/ North Tahoe ~2hrs) which is great for hiking, skiing/snowboarding, boating, fishing, SUP, mountain biking, etc.

Yosemite National Park is a must visit if you haven't been before (~3hrs)

SF/bay area is ~1.5hrs

The city is big enough that is has all the things you would want in a big city but has a small town feel as the surrounding central valley is mostly farming and ranches. It is close enough to tons of things to do close by which is nice because when you do get time off you can get away to SF of the mountains easily and be on a mini vacation for a weekend.

Sacramento is super livable. For California it is cheap(expensive for the rest of the country). Most residents live within 10 miles of the hospital(50% within 2 miles). Probably half of us buy houses and the rest rent.
Limitations
We are busy. This is a good and a bad thing. Good because we get tons of operative experience and trauma experience. Bad because well..we are busy. We need residents who are hardworking and are not afraid of going the extra mile or extra consult because ultimately the work has to be done by someone. So we want residents who don't dump work on their fellow residents but will look for opportunities to help each other out. Our program is not big enough for residents who don't work hard to hide.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I got to see this program change from a busy and not too great place to work to a busy and great place to work during medical school. since I have been a resident I feel our program just continues to improve.

Our program is a blue collar, bring your lunch pain to work(figuratively, cause we get food money on our badge), work hard, play hard kinda place.

We have a pretty strong historical preference for rotating students. We do not automatically interview every rotator because if someone is terrible it is not fair to have them fly back out and spend the money to interview if we know that they will not be ranked here. This also takes an interview spot from someone else who might match with us which is also not fair. I think our current percentage of residents who rotated here is about 75-80% and residents who were non rotators ~20-25%.

I am very happy with my choice to stay at UC Davis for Ortho residency and I would make the same choice if I had to make my rank list again today.

We historically do great in fellowship match and I expect that to continue.

I am super excited for where our department is going. If i didn't have to be an intern again I would love to be an incoming resident as I feel the future of this program is amazing and will only continue to get better.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
6/2016
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Overall rating 
 
4.1
Staff Surgeons 
 
6.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
3.0
Operating Experience 
 
5.0
Clinical Experience 
 
4.0
Research 
 
5.0
Residents 
 
2.0
Lifestyle 
 
2.0
Location 
 
7.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0

Program review

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Interacted with a number of attendings on my service who great teachers, and kind to students. However, morning trauma conference is brutal as residents get criticized incessantly by one attending after another (even when the resident is correct). It seems that the older residents and trauma staff enjoy demeaning the presenting resident. From an administrative point of view expect a response to your emails 2 weeks later or more likely none at all.
Didactics / Teaching
Lecture once a week, but hardly any of the residents actually pay attention. The content is actually decent, and if you pay attention they will help. Overall doesn’t seem like there is a learning conducive culture at the program.
Operating Experience
The operative experience was the best part where I saw the 3/4/5 residents actively involved in many cases.
Clinic Experience
Very dependent on the attending--I saw 5's shadowing full days with some attendings.
Research Opportunities
Wasn't exposed
Residents
By far the absolute weakest part of this program. There wasn’t a single resident I worked with that struck me as someone I wanted to work with. I didn’t feel their potential was being met by the program. There was also a hierarchical feel amongst the residents with the upper levels appearing to be very distant from the younger residents. Upper levels frequently strung out lower level residents in conference. Overall not a cohesive group, and certainly not one I’d like to work with.
Lifestyle
Sac Town is reasonable. Its California.
Location / Housing
N/A
Limitations
See all of the above categories except lifestyle. Not a program I would recommend anyone.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
It seems that this is not the first subpar review of the program, and that prior negative reviews have been removed by the admin. These reviews have also been replaced by a faculty assessment (which of course are going to be positive and boost the average program rating on here). It would be important here to see that if the faculty has to defend the program on an online forum its probably not a great sign. I don’t believe there is a less cohesive or more malignant program in the country. I would strongly discourage anyone from applying/rotating at this program.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2013
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
9.0
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.0
Operating Experience 
 
9.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
9.0
Residents 
 
9.0
Lifestyle 
 
9.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Response to unfavorable post

We have noticed a disgruntled candidate posting unfavorable comments about our program.Although our program is not for all applicants, the reviewer was probably jaded due to not being invited. please rotate and do an AI if interested as we have an excellent program. The competition is intense and our breadth of exposure is excellent.

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Our Chairman was not fired but not renewed as there was a crisis of confidence akin to a vote of no confidence. Dr. DiCesare is an excellent academic Orthopedist, but was unable to navigate the complex political waters of the Univ. of Calif. FDr. Marder is an
Didactics / Teaching
excellent
Operating Experience
Oplog totals for our graduates is in the 90th percentile by volume. This is accesible on the ACGME website
Clinic Experience
excellent
Research Opportunities
Abundant
Residents
Friendly, excellent and supportive group.
Lifestyle
Unsurpassed
Location / Housing
Northenr California's Heartland
Limitations
none
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
We have a very high number of applicants for AI positions. We do not offer formal interviews to all of those who rotate as AI's (we wouldn't have enough space for non AI rotators) but we do formal exit interviews with candidates prior to departure.

Qualification

I am on staff at this program.
Date of Rotation
2003-2012
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(Updated: December 20, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
4.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
4.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
3.0
Operating Experience 
 
3.0
Clinical Experience 
 
5.0
Research 
 
5.0
Residents 
 
3.0
Lifestyle 
 
4.0
Location 
 
7.0
Overall Experience 
 
4.0

UCDavis Med Student Rotator

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Chairman was asked to step down. No one really knows why. PD is ok, but you never know what he is thinking. You can never read him. Faculty are very knowledgeable for the most part. But the style of teaching is not the greatest. Some trauma surgeons are very demeaning to the 2-3 year residents. Their program coordinator never responds timely. It usually takes her a good 1-2 weeks (if at all) before she will email you back.
Didactics / Teaching
Not the greatest. 1, rarely 2 hours some days of the week. And even with that it gets cancelled pretty frequently. Residents usually sleep during most of them or look uninterested.
Operating Experience
Heavy volume, but residents don't get to operate. There are a lot of fellows and they take most cases. And if you do get to actually operate 1 on 1 with attending (very rare event), some attendings will just have you retract for the most part.
Clinic Experience
I thought it was ok in terms of independence. I was able to see patients myself and then staff with with an attending. Very little teaching as there might be 40-50 patients per attending per day. So the wheels roll fast.
Research Opportunities
Present. 1 out of 5 residents does the research after year 2. 3 projects are required (2 maybe case reports). But it is not really shoved down the throat. And if you don't really want to do much, you can easily get away with that. For those who want to do a lot of research, I would recommend to apply for the 6-year path. But even with that resources are pretty limited in terms of what you can do.
Residents
I thought it was the strongest part of this program. I got along with most of them. They are not particularly nice, but certainly joke and make fun of each other, which makes time goes faster.
Lifestyle
Sac is a reasonable place to live. Relatively inexpensive and close to things people like doing (skiing, camping, wine-tasting). But this residency is the busiest I have ever seen. Trauma is brutal and there is a lot of it throughout the residency. So in that regard, residents don't get to enjoy all the perks of being 2 hours away from vacation destination.
Location / Housing
Sac, as I mentioned, is an ok city. Smallish, not metropolitan. Reminds me of a stretched out farming town without downtown per se. Crime is rampant in some (many) areas, especially close to the hospital. Residents, who live close to campus, got their home broken into. Also housing around the hospital is somewhat pricey. But if you want to live 30 min away, it is very reasonable.
Limitations
Lots of fellows. Too much trauma (seriously, you will get killed on trauma service and while on call). Some attendings need a course on how to talk to people. Some are very disrespectful and constantly put residents down during the morning report in front of the whole department. Not enough research. Didactics could be better.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I agree with the evaluator above me pretty much on everything. I have not also gotten an invite from them after busting my butt on the service for 1 month. I know many others who had the same story.
However, I do think though that it is a strong program, that will build you into an outstanding orthopaedic surgeon.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2011 Trauma
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University of California (Davis) Orthopedic Residency Program, Sacramento, CA
Program Update (Written by notmyrealname, October 19, 2018)
 
8.8
"I am current junior Ortho resident here at UC Davis. I love this program and I am partially biased but I should be cause this place is awesome. We are busy and get a great education here. Our program is way different than it used to be as far as personality and learning environment and that is for the better. I love working and hanging out with my co residents. To me this is super important. These are the people you will see every day for 5 years. You better feel like you can fit in and get along..."
Program review (Written by john doe, April 29, 2015)
 
4.1
Response to unfavorable post (Written by rolando roberto, January 19, 2012)
 
9.0
"We have noticed a disgruntled candidate posting unfavorable comments about our program.Although our program is not for all applicants, the reviewer was probably jaded due to not being invited. please rotate and do an AI if interested as we have an excellent program. The competition is intense and our breadth of exposure is excellent."
UCDavis Med Student Rotator (Written by Paramjit Singh, December 19, 2011)
 
4.2

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