Review Detail

 
Iowa
by John Langland     August 15, 2007    
(Updated: October 23, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
8.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
9.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

U Iowa

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Outstanding chairman - as nice as they come. Smart person and very well respected within the Orthopedics community.<br />
Faculty are overall very good. Many have big national reputations and are leaders in their fields. Hard to beat recommendations that come from this group of faculty.
Didactics / Teaching
Very organized. Overall very good didactic program that basically repeats (with current updates) every 2 years.
Operating Experience
Good experience overall, but really improves later in residency. Lots of direction early. Lots of independence in the OR later in residency.
Clinic Experience
Good variety of patients. Not much that is just bread and butter Ortho - lots of complicated patients in all clinics. One negative is Residents do a fair amount of paperwork that probably doesn't go on at many other places - not the most scut, but not the least either.
Research Opportunities
Numerous. Academic powerhouse. NIH funding on the rise.
Residents
Great group overall. A little bit family-oriented for some people's taste, but doesn't have to be. Town is great for single people with grad students, etc. in area. Lots of good looking nurses in the PICU and Surgical ICU.
Lifestyle
see above...
Location / Housing
Location not for everyone - cold in the winter. Extremely convenient living environment - affordable and easy to navigate town. Only cover one hospital (or the VA, which is across the street), so couldn't be easier to live here.
Limitations
The program director has been very receptive to the needs of the program, as you can see above. In one year, we have addressed many of the shortcomings noted in the previous review. While this program, like all, has areas that can be improved, it is obvious that the administration behind the University of Florida program is committed to addressing those deficiencies quickly.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Outstanding experience. Has its negatives, like any place, but great place overall.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
2008 Ongoing...
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