St. Marys Medical Center (Osteopathic)

St. Marys Medical Center (Osteopathic)

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City
Blue Springs
State/Province
Missouri

Program Information

Residents per class
2
St. Mary’s Medical Center (Osteopathic) Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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1 reviews

Overall rating 
 
5.6
Staff Surgeons 
 
4.0  (1)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
3.0  (1)
Operating Experience 
 
7.0  (1)
Clinical Experience 
 
5.0  (1)
Research 
 
2.0  (1)
Residents 
 
9.0  (1)
Lifestyle 
 
8.0  (1)
Location 
 
7.0  (1)
Overall Experience 
 
5.0  (1)
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
5.6
Staff Surgeons 
 
4.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
3.0
Operating Experience 
 
7.0
Clinical Experience 
 
5.0
Research 
 
2.0
Residents 
 
9.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
7.0
Overall Experience 
 
5.0

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Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Dr. Orth is the PD and is an excellent surgeon and stand-up guy. Very polite and is very interested in resident education. They added a new doc for 2012, Dr. Cornett, who is awesome to work with and knows his stuff very well. Two docs are being added in the first quarter of 2013 who are both graduates of the program, Dr. Kevin Witte who trained with Dr. Andrews in FL and Dr. Mike Justice who trained with his partner in AL Dr. Lemak. I have worked with Dr. Justice when he was a chief resident and he is polite and knows his stuff cold. Dr. Witte I have heard great things about as well. The rest of the faculty are all general orthopods. Two are brothers which do mostly total joints, one lets residents operate the other does not. Two of the older partners let residents do the majority of their surgeries, even totals but unsure how much longer they will be with the residency. The last surgeon has suspect skills and does not operate that often, he is their "trauma" guy. Doing mostly hip fx and DR.
Didactics / Teaching
These are pretty much non-existent or might as well be. The docs expect residents to be in surgery at start time, 7:30am. So most residents arent present. Or at times one resident will start a presentation and its a revolving door as residents take over the presentation as one after the other has to leave. Fracture conference happens at times but doesnt seem to be on a strict schedule. Dr. Orth the PD will show up to these but have never seen any of the other surgeons attend. Most learning seems to be done on the residents own time.
Operating Experience
You get to see a fair amount of surgery as a resident. The big issue is which doc you are with. One doc will let you do his whole case load for the day: TKA, shoulder scope, and ACL while the other might let a 4th year resident close skin! Every residency says that they have the most operating experience of all the residencies but this isnt the case, which affords a good lifestyle. Also with the majority of docs being general orthopods the procedures are all bread and butter. Not going to see much variety and very little trauma. They do 3 months of trauma in the 4th year in Las Vegas, but I didnt think that this was near enough.
Clinic Experience
I think residents do too much clinic and the docs depend on the residents to see as many patients as they do. Unfortunately if you finish your surgeries for the day with whichever doc you are assigned for the month, many times you go and help out with clinic. This usually results in 4-6 residents in clinic for 2 docs. Some docs run clinic on time and well-oiled, others are routinely 2 hrs behind.
Research Opportunities
Not much was said during my rotation which is pretty much the norm for most places. Most attendings are not involved in the research other than providing the data. But the idea, collection, analysis and presentation are left up to the residents. The program is in KC which most the residents and attendings went to the area med school which has a large anatomy lab. But it seems as if relations with the program and the anatomy lab are strained.
Residents
Residents were a great group of guys. Everyone was very nice and liked to joke around. They were also some of the smartest residents/students I had been around. Many were quote study after study and easily navigated through the Orthobullets questions during didactics. Most were eager to teach and helped out with any questions I had.
Lifestyle
This I believe is the main draw of the residency. Days start early, 5am, but end fairly early too. Most of them are finished by 5pm, once I stayed until 8pm but this was not the norm.
Location / Housing
KC is a nice city and you be hard pressed to find a lower cost of living in a "major" city. The new Power and Light district has good entertainment as well as the new Sprint Center. And as far as barbecue and live music goes KC is right up there.
Limitations
The attendings seem to be the major limitation, and definitely not all of them. I found though that with not being able to operate with one doc and the other rarely operating, and also the addition of "greenhorns" that I would be missing out on valuable operating experience.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
This was a coin flip on what experience you would get on which day. Some of the docs are very friendly and will chat you up during surgery, one in particular never spoke to me over the entire month. I think that you will come out of here with the ability to do bread and butter surgery blindfolded. More difficult trauma cases would be a stretch and exposure to "fellowship" style surgeries would be at a minimum.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2012
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