Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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City
Lebanon
State/Province
New Hampshire

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Residents per class
4
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.1
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0  (2)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.5  (2)
Operating Experience 
 
8.5  (2)
Clinical Experience 
 
8.0  (2)
Research 
 
8.5  (2)
Residents 
 
10.0  (2)
Lifestyle 
 
10.0  (2)
Location 
 
9.5  (2)
Overall Experience 
 
9.0  (2)
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
8.9
Staff Surgeons 
 
8.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.0
Operating Experience 
 
8.0
Clinical Experience 
 
8.0
Research 
 
8.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

DHMC by Away Rotator

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Staff is great. Weinstein (Spine) is great chair. Vice chair (Mirza- spine) recently arrived from Seattle. Top to bottom, staff seems to enjoy teaching and has great relationship with residents.<br />
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Representation: 4 spine, 2 trauma, 2 hand, 2 UE/shoulder-elbow, 2 peds (Dr. Cook is new), 4 (6) joints, 1 (4) sports, 1 (3) foot/ankle ((some attendings have mixed/general practices).
Didactics / Teaching
A strong point. Daily x-ray/ER rounds, daily rotating conferences representing all areas.
Operating Experience
Strong, varies by service. As a benchmark for comparison- PGY-2s doing primary joints. No fellow interference. Almost always resident/attending, with maybe trauma being exception (often R4/R2, attending around).
Clinic Experience
Nice clinic with homegrown EMR system that is being replaced in the near future. Staff and mid-levels a great help.
Research Opportunities
Strong point. Have a 6-year track that provides a masters through the Dartmouth Institute. Big on cost analysis, outcomes research.
Residents
A great group. Very happy. Outdoorsy. Many have spouses, families. Always help each other out from R5 down.
Lifestyle
Hanover/NH great place to live and the residents get to enjoy it. Q6 approximate junior call, All call is home call from the beginning. Many get to ski post call in the winter. Have time for family, friends.
Location / Housing
Very affordable. Rural, and not for everyone. Most own homes on big lots of land. Tons of great outdoors activities.<br />
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Facilities-- DHMC is one of the most intelligently designed, beautiful hospitals I have ever been to. Would be great place to work.
Limitations
Location not for everyone. Trauma experience is somewhat limited, despite the level one status and large referral base. Patient population is NOT diverse at all. Rotate in Boston for Tumor, Peds.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
All in all a true gem in a rural location. Great lifestyle/family/outdoors activity. Strong training, good fellowship opportunities. Not for everyone, but would be a fantastic opportunity to work with gifted surgeons and happy people. Great life!

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2008
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(Updated: October 23, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
9.3
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
9.0
Clinical Experience 
 
8.0
Research 
 
9.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Excellent faculty in all sub-specialty areas. It is apparent that they care deeply about their responsibilty for teaching and training and are successful at it. There is a great deal of mutual respect and affection between the residents and faculty.
Didactics / Teaching
Teaching occurs every weekday morning and is a seemless part of the routine with all residents able to attend without compromising other responsibilities. The faculty are present and involved. Thursdays(?) are devoted to sub-specialty conferences in small groups with the faculty within that sub-specialty.
Operating Experience
Very good- sufficient little and big trauma to satisfy, even if someone comes from a more urban program. Very broad exposure. Junior residents get to operate a big chunk of the time.
Clinic Experience
A self-professed weakness of the program because of the volume of OR cases and resident preference for operating. However, ED experience, resident-run varsity sports clinics, resident clinics, and the time they spend with the attendings in their personal clinics are very strong.
Research Opportunities
Offers a 6-year track that allows those residents to obtain a masters and as part of the curriculum somewhat automatically complete outcomes based research and during that time away from clinical duties perform other research. Strong support for 5-year track residents to do research as well and most do quite a bit.
Residents
The residents are happy and friendly. They care about and are supportive of each other.
Lifestyle
Good. The call schedule is relatively benign, with home call permitted, but you still are an ortho resident. A lot of the residents have families and get to see them.
Location / Housing
Depends on what you like- if you like outdoor activities the upper valley is a hard place to beat with the appalacian trail, skiing nearby, and rivers and lakes for water activities. If you want an urban environment that it is not, but it does have a cute town and cultural activities. Housing affordability is middle of the road- not like NY or LA, but also not like the midwest.
Limitations
The program director has been very receptive to the needs of the program, as you can see above. In one year, we have addressed many of the shortcomings noted in the previous review. While this program, like all, has areas that can be improved, it is obvious that the administration behind the University of Florida program is committed to addressing those deficiencies quickly.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
A great place to rotate. I really liked it and would be very happy if I matched there.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
10-07
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