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Louisville
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Kentucky

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Residents per class
4
University of Louisville Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.3  (3)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0  (3)
Operating Experience 
 
10.0  (3)
Clinical Experience 
 
9.7  (3)
Research 
 
8.0  (3)
Residents 
 
10.0  (3)
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
8.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
9.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

OPERATE EARLY, WORK HARD

Program Review

Didactics / Teaching
Friday morning grand rounds followed by 2-3 hours of lectures given by faculty and physicians from around the community.
Fracture conference on Monday afternoon helps keep you trauma savvy and provides an escape from clinic.
Research Opportunities
State of the art arthroscopic laboratory with specimens readily available and a dedicated curriculum with nursing assistant to help set up during the PGY2 sports rotation. Also great fresh tissue laboratory run by Dr David Acland with readily available specimens for dissection, preoperative practice, and research purposes.
Residents
Mix of folks from the region; recent residents have been from AL, IL, WVA, GA, KY, OH, KN, TX, IN.
Lifestyle
Work hard with a night float system that eases some of the call burden. Otherwise biannual golf outing, summer cookout. Most residents find some time to moonlight.
Location / Housing
Louisville-great city. Most residents own but renting downtown or in the highlands provides a vibrant community 5 minutes from the hospital.
Limitations
No dedicated tumor rotation, but residents do scrub with Dr Shawn Price, orthopaedic oncologist, for large tumor cases. As a chief, you will spend time with a dedicated foot and ankle orthopaedist as part of an elective rotation, but there is no dedicated foot and ankle time until pgy 5 year.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
As a trauma heavy program residents are guaranteed great operative experience.
With 4 pediatric orhtopaedic attendings, residents are exposed to pediatric sports, spine, trauma, and deformity. Two PAs help with clinic providing the resident with more quality time in the OR-the pediatric attendings are great at instructing. They instruct during the case rather than "show" you-bottom line is you have the knife.
We are likely the only program in the country training residents to be proficient in anterior hip arthroplasty. A current chief is going into the community and will be doing anterior hips straight from residency thanks to the teaching of Dr Johnathan Yerasamides.
Working alongside some of the most published spine surgeons in the country, you get a top of the line spine education at the Leatehrman Spine Institute.

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I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
current resident
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(Updated: December 12, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
8.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

University of Louisville

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
New Chairman is the long-time program director. The program appears stable. We have the opportunity to work with older, well-established physicians, as well as with new and innovative younger surgeons.
Didactics / Teaching
Historically a weak point in the program as many of the lectures have been resident driven. However, recently we have revised our didactic teaching and grand rounds schedule and it is significantly improved.
Operating Experience
Am willing to bet it is second to none. Trauma rotations offer early, early, early access to OR and operating. Good mix of blunt (high speed MVA, ATV, Motorcycles) and penetrating trauma (lots of hunters and a very active Knife and Gun Club on the west side of town). Lots of resident autonomy in decision making, surgical planning, and operating. Primary surgeon as a second year (level appropriate, of course) and beyond for cases. Exposure to multiple implant companies and products.
I Personally have 1300 unique ortho cases logged before the start of my PGY4 year and I have not been very good at logging cases. OR:clinic time increases significantly during PGY 4 and 5. I expect to graduate with well over 2500 cases. Lots of trauma including pelvic and acetabular fractures, pilons, plateaus, etc... Leatherman Spine and Neurosurgery take spine call, and Kleinert and Kutz takes hand call at University, lightening the call load from an otherwise busy service. You will take call with them when you rotate on those services. Ortho gets first crack at bony hand cases in the polytraumatized patient, severe soft tissue or neurovascular injuries go to the hand surgery team. Podiatry also available to take crappy foot cases including diabetics/cellulitis. Good foot trauma goes to ortho.
We also have a good mix of operative cases in the private practice/community setting with fellowship trained attendings in all ortho subspecialties. I will have 80-100 anterior total hips (~100 posterior), 30+ reverse total shoulders, etc, lots of complex spine cases during our 3 month rotation, experience with severe hand trauma including replants and transplants at Kutz and Kleinert, as well as a more "gentleman's" hand experience with Louisville Arm and Hand (our preferred hand surgery experience in town).
"Hands on" sports medicine has been a weakness in our program but we have recently started working with a young sports med fellowship trained surgeon that trained here for residency, that understands where we are at and has been great at remedying that.
Another nice aspect of our program is that we are not fellow heavy. Fellows are used as a way to extend our ability to manage patients and are not "stealing" cases from the residents themselves.
Clinic Experience
Clinic is clinic. I can't think of any rotations that have us doing more than 2.5 days of clinic in a week. Most are 2 days or less. No strictly run resident clinics.
Research Opportunities
We have a biomechanics lab on campus and an engineer in the ortho department to help with projects. There is a fully staffed fresh tissue anatomy lab with 24/7 access for specimens. The leatherman spine institute pumps out paper after paper and is well respected. Other faculty have multiple projects going on and you will be able to be published. Research hasn't been stressed here and you have to be very self motivated to get projects done, as certain faculty can be less than helpful, however, great research has come out of here and the new chairman is trying to change our culture and make it easier to do more research.
Residents
Very laid back group of guys and gals over the last few years. Everyone gets along well, many go out together on a regular basis. Most are married, many with (multiple) children.
Lifestyle
We have recently gone to a night float system decreasing the call burden throughout residency. Formerly during the weak there was a resident covering the pediatric hospital and a differnet resident covering University hospital. Now there is one 3rd year resident covering both places during the week. Weekends are split among the Pgy 2-4 classes covering University OR Childrens hospital, not both.

Plenty to do in "The Ville". College sports are king here. U of L football and basketball tickets are available to residents at a very reasonable rates. Good bar scene in town. Many microbreweries and of course, many local bourbon distilleries. Churchill Downs for Oaks and The Kentucky Derby, as well as for "Downs After Dark" night racing (basically a 25,000 person nightclub with horse racing). Alternative lifestyle friendly. Thriving independent business scene. Multiple "farmer's markets" for fresh, affordable produce. Great city park system (designed by Olmstead, designer of NY's Central park among many others). Close to outdoor activities.
A very cosmopolitan city nestled in the south.
Location / Housing
Very affordable housing in safe neighborhoods. I've been told the public school system is pretty good, private schools are excellent.
Moderate climate (little snow in winter, reasonable summers, although can be somewhat humid for long stretches).
Close to Cincy, Indy, Chicago, St. Louis
Limitations
Not as "well known" of a program but there are many well connected people here. We have historically matched people to VERY competitive fellowships. Graduates also feel comfortable starting practice directly after residency.
We have historically taken a large proportion of our residents from U of L med school and from rotating students, and many feel they are unlikely to be ranked highly if they are not amongst those two groups. It is possible to match here without being a rotator or former student (Current PGY4 class only had 1 student, the 3 others did not rotate or have ties to area).
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great operating experience. Improving educational and research component. Recent fellows that have come back to work as attendings say we are well ahead of others in terms of operative skills.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
N/A
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(Updated: December 10, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
9.1
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
8.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
9.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Louisville

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Johnson, current chair, is leaving. Search is currently underway for new chair.
Didactics / Teaching
Mostly resident run didactics. OITE scores were an issue a few years ago, but now are apparently not a problem.
Operating Experience
Second to none. The trauma, joints, hand, and peds experience is incredible. Resident autonomy is appropriate and staff is readily available to help if needed. Very early operative experience.
Clinic Experience
Who really cares about clinic experience? You get enough.
Research Opportunities
Improving. New translational research building will bring additional opportunities. Current projects are mostly in trauma and joints.
Residents
Top notch. Can't say enough about the guys at this program.
Lifestyle
Probably about what an orthopaedic surgery residency lifestyle should be. You take enough call to be confident handling whatever you would see in the real world. Trauma call is busy, but you learn a ton.
Location / Housing
I really like Louisville. Affordable, safe in most parts, and plenty to do socially (Bardstown rd).
Limitations
Sports is a relative weakness, but improving. PD is a very interesting character, although the residents say he is a great PD in that he truly cares about the resident's educational experience.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Highly under-rated program that offers an excellent operative experience in a cool, affordable city with a great group of residents.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2009
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