UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

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John LanglandJohn Langland   August 20, 2007  
 
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City
Newark
State/Province
New Jersey

Program Information

Residents per class
4
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
6.8
Staff Surgeons 
 
7.5  (2)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
7.0  (2)
Operating Experience 
 
6.0  (2)
Clinical Experience 
 
6.0  (2)
Research 
 
5.0  (2)
Residents 
 
9.0  (2)
Lifestyle 
 
6.5  (2)
Location 
 
7.5  (2)
Overall Experience 
 
6.5  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
4.1
Staff Surgeons 
 
5.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
4.0
Operating Experience 
 
2.0
Clinical Experience 
 
3.0
Research 
 
1.0
Residents 
 
8.0
Lifestyle 
 
4.0
Location 
 
7.0
Overall Experience 
 
3.0

Rutgers- NJMS

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
This unfortunately is a program that is swiftly falling in multiple aspects and I think should be avoided by any applicant with other options. As a rotator, you really get the sense here that things are not as they seem, and that the program is on a slide. They have had mass losses of experienced, longstanding attendings in Hand, Sports, Spine, Joints over the last few years. The only stable departments are Trauma and Tumor. Not only have multiple attendings left, but support staff like PAs, program coordinators, and secretaries have also left. This to me indicates something severely wrong and toxic with the environment of the entire department,

Without knowing all of the details, there was an ACGME site visit which happened because of the malignant environment and unfair treatment of residents. The result was the forced resignation of the old program director (foot and ankle). One resident said "if he liked you, those people got away with cheating on the OITE. If he didn't, he would threaten to fire you for falling behind on consults." Also inequality in selection for going to certain courses (other than AANA, AO)
Didactics / Teaching

As far as experience, the residents are forthcoming that trauma is the high-point of the residency. But cases often have multiple residents in them. Tumor is also strong, but very stressful. Cases are led by attendings and residents seem to be around to close skin. Not a lot of teaching or independence of operative learning.
Operating Experience
There have been a few scathing verified reviews on doximity and orthogate which indicate the residents are trained to be 'good PAs' with their time spent triaging hospital clinics, calling for pre-auths, calling reps, and doing a lot of casts and dressings. This seems true from what I've seen/heard. Little to no experience in outpatient sports, joints, spine cases. But lots of busy clinic and floor work.
Clinic Experience
see above
Research Opportunities
very limited. No help or support staff
Residents

The residents are all good people, predominantly male, and you get that macho vibe here. The get along, but very hierarchical and malignant. Seniors do little scut work and put a heavy burden on juniors. There have been a few residents in the last few years which did not match into a fellowship, which is not comforting. Additionally I heard there have been people who failed the ortho boards. Also not great. One resident said they changed their curriculum a few times trying to increase scores, but without success. Very little stability of curriculum and little time to read.
Lifestyle
decent location, little time to enjoy
Location / Housing
see above. Expensive tri-state prices
Limitations
many
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion

The residents are great people and hardworking. But rundown. Proximity to NYC is a plus. 6 residents a year makes call a little better (less frequent), but hard. Much of the resident's daily life is clinic-related and limited OR/reading. There is no research help or focus on research here. It seems like a blue-collar program where you work hard but without any benefit of learning. Unstable faculty in a malignant environment. Failing boards and not matching fellowships are HUGE red flags, in addition to recent ACGME site visit. Focus on clinic/floors over independent operating (and multiple residents per case). The last few classes of residents have been re-applicants and people who did prelim years (those with limited options). So if you are in that boat this seems like a good bet.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
08/2016
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(Updated: December 10, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
9.5
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
9.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
9.0
Location 
 
8.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School Away Program

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
The chairman is by far one of the nicest and most genuine orthopaedic surgeons you will ever meet. He always went out of his way to ensure that all away students were having the best experience and was extremely supportive and involved with the residents. The faculty is a very talented group of surgeons that always welcomed me into the OR's/clinics.
Didactics / Teaching
This is the only school that I know of where all interns attend 3hrs of didactics once a week with all other residents. This time is protected for interns and the lectures were amazing. All attendings also attend the lectures so you are often given many viewpoints/opinions. In addition, there is a daily morning report where every case that came in the previous day is presented and discussed-more can be learned in this 45min than often in hours of lectures and students are encouraged to participate and present.
Operating Experience
There are always multiple OR's running and often one or two OR's running around the clock due to the heavy volume of trauma that is seen. Medical student participation was always encouraged and the number and diversity of cases was extremely impressive.
Clinic Experience
There is also no lack of clinic experience. There is an abundance of clinic and office experience no matter what service you're rotating through.
Research Opportunities
Every resident that I worked with was working on some type of research so it seems like there are plenty of opportunities. Many of the attendings, especially the trauma attendings, along with the help of fellows, have made significant research contributions.
Residents
The residents could not have been any better. They are a hard working, dedicated, knowledgeable group of people who are also extremely down to earth and fun to work with. They always took the time to teach me and include me in procedures. They always looked out for my best interest and made sure that I had face time with the chair.
Lifestyle
The hospital is busy, you will learn non-stop. Fractures come in constantly and there are always multiple OR's running, often around the clock. The exposure, diversity, and volume of cases is enormous.
Location / Housing
Being located 20min from the city is awesome and being the only nearby Level 1 Trauma Center makes for a busy Trauma Bay/ED around the clock.
Limitations
As a student there really isn't a place for you to rotate there, as students don't come through very often, and sometimes they didn't know what to do with you. But, you learn where you can help out, and what you can do to help the resident out. In addition you get a lot of face time with the consultants so you can get a letter from them, and most are very accommodating in that regard.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
UMDNJ has everything needed to train the best orthopaedic surgeons-huge case load with nonstop trauma, world-renowned attendings, knowledgeable and fun residents, ltos of research, and a chairman dedicated to the education of residents.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
8/24/09-9/18/09
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