Review Detail

9.1 5 10
Massachusetts August 20, 2007 15067
Great overall training.
(Updated: October 23, 2007)
Overall rating
 
7.9
Staff Surgeons
 
8.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
6.0
Operating Experience
 
10.0
Clinical Experience
 
9.0
Research
 
5.0
Residents
 
10.0
Lifestyle
 
7.0
Location
 
7.0
Overall Experience
 
9.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Very personable, allow the residents to get their hands dirty early on and often, and take the time to teach in the OR (especially a few of the younger trauma and sports guys).
Didactics / Teaching
Probably the one legitimate weak point overall. Although they have very strong didactics, morning reports, etc. most are resident run, which has its pluses and minuses. Lots of Miller review, daily trauma and joints case discussions depending on which hospital you're in.
Operating Experience
The best I've seen. The hand and sports rotations are later in your residency, however, which may be a downside depending on your interests.
Clinic Experience
Enough clinic without being overkill. You are always under an attending. There is not "resident clinic" per say, although seniors do book their own cases with attendings as supervisors.
Research Opportunities
If you're interested in basic science or in large functional outcomes data searches its great. The middle ground clinical research is a little less prominent.
Residents
Probably the best thing about the program... a friendly, laid back, hardworking team that's always willing to help a fellow resident when they're getting slammed. Couldn't pick a better group.
Lifestyle
Worcester is not bad if you're single, definitely improving, but its no Boston or New York. Basically a city with a big town feel. Housing is very cheap for Massachusetts, and pretty nice. Some of the surrounding suburbs are beautiful and they're great places to raise a family.
Location / Housing
see above.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great attendings, friendly residents, large operative loads, very busy but also a fun program to be part of. Overall one of the most solid operative programs I could imagine.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
MZ
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