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9.3 2 10
Illinois August 15, 2007 13209
University of Chicago Residency Review
(Updated: January 01, 2012)
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Staff Surgeons
Operating Experience
Clinical Experience
Overall Experience

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
The attendings at U of C are all very approachable and seem to get along very well with the residents. They have a new chairman starting in January of 2013 so I cannot comment on him, though the residents and faculty seem very excited. All of the attendings I worked with were interested in teaching and always took time to answer questions.
Didactics / Teaching
Didactics consist of conferences daily at 615am which range from attending lectures, to an 8-week hoppenfeld anatomy primer, to OITE review sessions and indications conferences. Though this seems early, the residents seem to really like it because it is in morning when everyone is fresh and they receive daily ortho education even when tired.
Operating Experience
A true strength of this program is the operative experience. Attendings allow junior and senior residents to operate with supervision. There is a strong culture of residents performing cases which seems to be emphasized across the board. The volume of operative cases is good, but, per the residents with the new hospital and chairman, is going to increase tremendously over the next 5 years with a plan to double the faculty size. Another bonus of the operative experience is that the nurse practitioners cover the call/floor pager while the residents are operating so that their pager is not going off 20 times during a case.
Clinic Experience
Clinics are predominately attending run and are very educational for students and residents. Most attendings will discuss interesting cases and indications with the residents.
Research Opportunities
Research is not forced upon the residents but there are opportunities for those who are interested. Faculty productivity varies with regard to research.
The camaraderie among the residents is another strong point of this program. They all get along very well, help each other out, and seem to hang out outside of work. During the day junior residents will see consults and cover the on call pager until the on call resident is out of the OR. On a few occasions, another junior resident would stay til 7 or 8pm to cover the pager until the call resident was out of the OR so he/she did not have a pile of consults waiting to be seen.
Junior residents have a post-call day which makes the residents seem happier on a day-to-day basis compared to junior home call programs. Residents are allowed to leave after morning conference at 730am as long as loose ends are tied up. They do not have to cover any clinic on their post-call day. The program is also a Level 2 trauma center for adults and Level 1 trauma for peds so call varies significantly with regard to volume, but residents are not stuck holding retractors for 6 hour acetabulums.
Location / Housing
Though University of Chicago is in the south of the city, residents live all over the city. Lake shore drive makes the commute to work very easy. I think only one resident lives in Hyde Park.
Resources for research are not as available as some of the other top academic programs, but this may change with the new chair starting in Janurary.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I really enjoyed my rotation at the University of Chicago. The residents and attendings were great and people seemed to be very happy. The chief residents seem to be well-trained and obtained good fellowships in their chosen subspecialties. The program is very well-rounded and different from adult level 1 trauma center programs. At U of C, residents see a lot of the bread and butter ortho trauma, but less high-energy trauma. They make up for this by doing a trauma rotation at Loyola as a 3rd year and then as the cheif of the trauma service at Northshore as a chief resident.


I rotated as a medical student at this program
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