Western Michigan University Stryker School of Medicine

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Kalamazoo
State/Province
Michigan
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Residents per class
3

Western Michigan University Stryker School of Medicine

Learn about our Program by downloading the brochure at http://www.med.wmich.edu/sites/default/files/2015%20OrthoSurgery%20WEB.pdf

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3 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.1
Staff Surgeons
 
9.7(3)
Didactics/Teaching
 
8.3(3)
Operating Experience
 
10.0(3)
Clinical Experience
 
9.7(3)
Research
 
6.7(3)
Residents
 
9.3(3)
Lifestyle
 
10.0(3)
Location
 
8.7(3)
Overall Experience
 
9.7(3)
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Fantastic program
(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating
 
8.8
Staff Surgeons
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
8.0
Operating Experience
 
10.0
Clinical Experience
 
9.0
Research
 
5.0
Residents
 
9.0
Lifestyle
 
10.0
Location
 
9.0
Overall Experience
 
10.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Mix of staff surgeons and private community surgeons. PD is very nice and helpful. Overall the faculty are very helpful and willing to teach. Extremely friendly. The faculty are a definite plus to this program
Didactics / Teaching
lectures are resident driven tuesday and thursday mornings. basic science a couple times a year. anatomic cadaver dissection as well. while some may say this is not up to par with some of the larger academic centers i feel they are still very beneficial and educational.
Operating Experience
fantastic. I have not finished all of my ortho rotations but I can't imagine other programs having a better operative experience. Residents are first assist as early as late intern year and early second year. Residents are extremely competent and ready to go into private practice without fellowship if that happens to be your aim
Clinic Experience
Appropriate. Clinic is clinic and this appears to be as well run as any other. Residents don't appear bogged down with clinic time
Research Opportunities
Not a research powerhouse which to many is a plus...to some may be a negative. There is dedicated research time during year 3 to do some basic science stuff but it may leave something to be desired for some.
Residents
Also fantastic. all the residents get along well and are very easy to get along with. Very friendly and willing to help out. They also hang out with each other outside of work which is nice to see. No bad apples
Lifestyle
excellent, and right up there with the op experience. residents have a wonderful lifestyle not only with comfortable work hours but with free food provided by kcms and great facilities as well. They manage to operate a ton but still have time to be normal human beings which is good to see
Location / Housing
Kalamazoo is a cool town. You could say its underrated but if youre looking for something a little more low key than chi or nyc then this may be a good spot for you.
Limitations
not much to be honest....i guess you could say research and didactics but I would argue the contrary.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I absolutely loved it. It is a great place to rotate as a medical student and after talking to the residents a fantastic place to train as a surgeon. I can't really say anything bad about it

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
may 2009
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MSU/KCMS Great Program
(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating
 
9.5
Staff Surgeons
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
9.0
Operating Experience
 
10.0
Clinical Experience
 
10.0
Research
 
8.0
Residents
 
9.0
Lifestyle
 
10.0
Location
 
9.0
Overall Experience
 
10.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Program works with a mix of faculty physicians and numerous private physicians throughout the area. All are extrememly willing to teach and help residents with training. You learn many different techniques to the same procedure when getting the chance to operate with such a variety. All faculty seem to enjoy the residents and all somehow find a way to teach without incessant pimping, scut work, or degrading residents. Friendliest staff I've ever worked with.
Didactics / Teaching
Morning conferences 2 days a week. Afternoon conferences 2 days a week. OITE reviews. Peer lead reviews. Visiting professors. Grand Rounds. Journal club hosted at nice restaraunts with free dinner.
Operating Experience
A lot of autonomy. Perfect balance between autonomy and guidance. Hands on working with surgeons and most will let you do a majority of the case once you prove you are ready.
Clinic Experience
Each resident is assigned to various clinics throughout the week with one attending per clinic. The clinics are extremely well organized and run smoothly. Great ancillary staff. Great facilities as well.
Research Opportunities
Research is not the strong point of the program unless you want it to be. There are residents with numerous publications and presentations. If you want to get involved, there are always physicians to work with and resources are plentiful. It must be self driven and you get what you put into it. On the other hand, if you are not into research, then it would fit as the requirements are not heavy.
Residents
Great group. 12 guys and 1 girl. Close group all willing to hang out outside of work. Most are married, some are not.
Lifestyle
Best lifestyle of any program I saw. Home call all 5 years. Home or no call on most off service rotations. Everyone at work and in the community is extremely friendly. Great family atmosphere. Wives/sig others of residents get together and the progam, "Med Mates", actually gives money for their group to host parties, go out, babysit, buy pumpkins and christmas trees.
Location / Housing
Small town with lots to offer. Young professionals a plenty. Nice, quaint, extemely friendly. I was skeptical at first but now love the town, I would prefer to be here over most anywhere else I interviewed. 2 hours from chicgo, 2.5 from detroit. Amtrak going between the two for fairly cheap.
Limitations
There are very few limitations, and certainly no deficiencies, that I have experienced.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great program. Hidden gem. Strongly encourage anyone to apply. I consider myself lucky to have matched here.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
July 2008
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Great place
(Updated: October 23, 2007)
Overall rating
 
9.1
Staff Surgeons
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
8.0
Operating Experience
 
10.0
Clinical Experience
 
10.0
Research
 
7.0
Residents
 
10.0
Lifestyle
 
10.0
Location
 
8.0
Overall Experience
 
9.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
knowledgable laid back group of fellowhsip trained private practice orthopedic surgeons who residents work with closely. 5 full time Mich St faculty. new well-liked chairman
Didactics / Teaching
Grand Rounds/ fracture conf Tues and Thurs 7:30 AM, Monday faculty lecture at 5PM, Wednesday lecture and antatomy at 4 PM, visiting professors and basic science lectures throughout year
Operating Experience
residents operate early and often- see a lot of joints, trauma, and do a ton of arthroscopy
Clinic Experience
wide range of clincs with the full-time guys and private practice faculty- division 1 sports team coverage is available
Research Opportunities
not a basic science powerhouse but research is encouraged and available
Residents
great group of guys and 1 female- most are married and some have kids
Lifestyle
fantastic lifestyle- residents have home call. free food all of the time at the hospitals, program buys loupes, books, and conferenece money. Spouses are close and hang out often
Location / Housing
all residents buy houses within 10 minutes of the 2 level 1 trauma centers- town has a lot to offer
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great program with outstanding training and a good lifestyle. Definitely a sleeper place

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
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Western Michigan University Stryker School of Medicine
Fantastic program (Written by Austin Mcphilamy, June 04, 2009)
 
8.8
MSU/KCMS Great Program (Written by Lucas Richie, November 09, 2008)
 
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