Review Detail

8.4 3 10
Maryland August 20, 2007 13574
University of Maryland
(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating
 
8.5
Staff Surgeons
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
9.0
Operating Experience
 
7.0
Clinical Experience
 
9.0
Research
 
9.0
Residents
 
10.0
Lifestyle
 
8.0
Location
 
7.0
Overall Experience
 
8.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
The faculty, staff, chairman and program director are all great. Like most places some attendings are more formal and less sociable than others. But definitely not malignant.
Didactics / Teaching
Didactics is known to be a strength at NW. They used to have Saturday AM conference every week but now it is only every other week. Didactics are most days of the week at 6:30 AM, some are service specific, some are for everybody. There is also fx conference at 5PM once/week. Grand rounds/M&M occurs once/week in the morning. Teaching is unparalleled at these conferences. In the OR and clinic, teaching will vary. I would say it's above average, but not superior. NW residents are known to "know their stuff" and do well on OITE. Residents from other chicago programs are often impressed at how much they know.
Operating Experience
Decent operating experience. As an intern on Ortho, you handle the pager and cover the floors. As a two you act mainly as a second assistant (retracting, watching, getting grilled, etc.). Despite this the all the chiefs I spoke with felt very confidant in the OR. Also no one complained about case load. Like most programs there is plenty to go around. I will say that despite this, the Chiefs were still assisting the attendings in most of the cases that I saw. But this is most likely dependent on your rotation. I've heard that while at the VA you'll be operating a lot as a Junior resident and I definitely saw the Chiefs operate autonomously while on Trauma.
Clinic Experience
Great. I was not exposed to everything during my rotation. But from what I saw and heard, the program is very well rounded. You will be exposed to just about everything by the time you're done. I think the only weakness was probably in Foot and Ankle which is not surprising.
Research Opportunities
Plenty of research opportunities, if that is your thing.
Residents
Great group of residents. All are vary socialable, very cohesive. The chiefs definitely knew their stuff. The residents were definitely 1 of the many highlights of the rotation.
Lifestyle
Decent lifestyle. Mainly depends on what rotation you're on. Definitely longer hours on Trauma and total joints. Less on sports and upper extremity. Depending on the rotation your day usually begins around 5:30-6:30am and ends ~5-7pm. As a rotator, I spent 2 weeks on upper extremity. During my time I was in by 6:30 and usually done by 5pm-6pm. A few times I was done by 4:30pm!
Location / Housing
Well it is Baltimore. If you've been there before then you know what I am thinking. Far from being the prettiest or cleanest city. It is a great city once you know where to go and definitely where not to go. And great if you have a lot of friends and family in the area. But if you don't then you will probably be disappointed. The plus is DC is 30min away and the Wash/MD/VA has tons of places to go and plenty of things to do. You'll have no problem finding stuff to do with your precious spare time.
Limitations
Operative experience overall may leave you "needing" a fellowship. This isn't just my opinion. I have heard this from many people and seen it first hand to some degree. This is not a research powerhouse but you will have no problem finding opportunities. They don't have many "big names" but they have a few.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great rotation. I'd encourage anyone interested in going to there to rotate there. In general, UMD is far from a malignant program. The attendings are very nice and socialable but I will admit that some are very formal. There certainly is a dichotomy between the residents and the attending but yet still very benign. Something that I thought that brought down my rating was the operative experience. You're independence and comfortably in the OR probably doesn't really come until you're a PGY-4 or 5. As stated before, as a PGY-2 you are mainly retracting/watching or still handling floor work and consults while on the Spine service. As a PGY-3 on Trauma, you'll work up the patient but most of the operating is done by the fellows and chiefs. After interviewing at other places I realized that some PGY-2's have vastly different operating experience and may be 1st assits. So it all really depends on whether you prefer to get your hands dirty earlier in residency or late.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
October 2007
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