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City
Royal Oak
State/Province
Michigan

Program Information

Residents per class
3
William Beaumont Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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1 review
Overall rating
 
6.2
Staff Surgeons
 
7.0(1)
Didactics/Teaching
 
4.0(1)
Operating Experience
 
7.0(1)
Clinical Experience
 
5.0(1)
Research
 
8.0(1)
Residents
 
8.0(1)
Lifestyle
 
4.0(1)
Location
 
6.0(1)
Overall Experience
 
7.0(1)
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Beaumont Hospitals Orthopaedic Surgery
(Updated: November 30, 2013)
Overall rating
 
6.2
Staff Surgeons
 
7.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
4.0
Operating Experience
 
7.0
Clinical Experience
 
5.0
Research
 
8.0
Residents
 
8.0
Lifestyle
 
4.0
Location
 
6.0
Overall Experience
 
7.0
This is just subjective information.

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Dr. Herkowitz was the previous chairman. At the time of my rotation he had recently passed away.

The number of surgeons serving as faculty is large and so there is considerable variability in personality. Overall, the faculty forms a bell curve in terms of teaching quality. (I only worked with a few surgeons so I base this, largely, off of what the residents said). A few are excellent teachers, most are good/ average, and a few are, apparently awful to work with.

The trauma service clearly forms the core of the teaching at this program. The elective services are very busy and I noticed that sometimes the focus seemed to be on productivity rather than teaching. An exception to this is the sports/shoulder service. This service is busy as well but the residents seemed to think that their sports experience was pretty solid.

Every sub-specialty is covered.
4 trauma
8 or 9 joints
10 "sports"
4 hand
4 Foot/ Ankle
2 pediatric
1 Tumor
4 spine
Didactics / Teaching
Daily AM lectures/ conferences:
Mondays xray/ trauma review- the xrays and procedures from the weekend and previous week are shown and the senior residents pepper the 1s and 2s with questions. No faculty present during my month but I understand that this is unusual.
tuesdays: various lectures by residents.
Wednesdays: subspecialty conferences: case presentations and pimping/ planning
Thursdays: Lectures or Anatomy presentations
Friday: Interesting case conference: residents present stand-out cases to other residents. The faculty ask pertinent questions and give some insight.
Operating Experience
Busy. There are 20 ortho ORs and it is rare to see them empty. Turnover times are impressive.

1s and 2s don't operate much. The seniors said this is different than it used to be because there are now 5 classes with 5 residents plus fellows where there used to be 3 or 4 per class. The 3s, 4s, and 5s operate quite a bit. I didn't get a good feel on how much "skin-to-skin" operating the residents get to do but the surgeons occasionally let them struggle through (or smoke through) cases.

Clinic Experience
The clinic experience is a combination of the hospital's ortho clinic and private offices. What was odd to me was that for the majority of the elective cases, the resident didn't have any part in the pre-op work-up or templating. In comparison, at the other two programs I rotated at the residents on the service did all of the work-up or templating while using the faculty as guidance. I don't have a broad enough perspective to know what is advantageous or disadvantageous but this is what I've seen.
Research Opportunities
Tons. Won't be a limiting factor. 2 publishable projects required. i was told that everyone does more for their fellowship applications.
Residents
Friendly, funny. The 1s and, especially, the 2s are really stressed out and exhausted. The 2s were always freaked out about preparing their cadaver presentations but they seemed to do really well.

I din't get a feel for what they do outside of work. I know some of them are runners.
Lifestyle
When I was told that I should rotate at beaumont the selling point was that the 1st through 3rd years are hard so that the 4th and 5th years have minimal call (back up home call only). While i was there this was still how call was structured but apparently some attendings want to change the structure to in-house call for all 5 years. The junior residents were not happy about that.

Other than that: Nice hospital, half priced dining room, modern ortho-dedicated ORs, C-arm in the ER.
Location / Housing
Royal Oak is a nice suburb.
Limitations
As mentioned above.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Good group, busy hospital...seems like solid training. Truthfully, there is no way to know what we're getting into before you match. We just hope to match somewhere.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
summer/fall 2013
MA
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Beaumont Hospitals Orthopaedic Surgery (Written by m anono, December 01, 2013)
 
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