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New York June 11, 2020 3020
MSH Ortho Rotator Review
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Overall Experience

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Disclaimer: Rotated at Sinai, Matched at Sinai, Love the program

During my rotation I was on the Joints service at the Main Campus (East, MSH) for the entire four week period. I split time between the two joints attendings at the main campus (Drs. Chen and Moucha), operating 4.5 days per week and spending one afternoon in clinic with Dr. Chen. On the occasional day when only two or three joints cases were booked I was free to choose between joining the intern for consults or hopping into any case of my choosing. Attendings, without exception during my experience, are down to earth and committed to advancing resident knowledge and skills. Best bring your sense of humor because witty banter is the name of the game the majority of the time. The faculty are looking for you to demonstrate your dedication by working hard and advancing your knowledge over the course of the month. You should absolutely study your anatomy before starting your rotation as this will be the vast majority of questions you receive during the first week. That being said, everyone is going to get a bunch of questions wrong so don't stress on that. The absolute most important thing is to show the faculty that your knowledge base is progressing throughout the rotation. This is key.

PD: Dr. Parsons, shoulder and elbow. Super relaxed guy who is always available to the residents and will actually take action on things that need to be changed. He places a lot of responsibility on the Chiefs, which allows for the program to be EXTREMELY resident friendly and focused. He's the type of boss you'd feel comfortable grabbing a drink with after work.

Chair: Dr. Galatz, shoulder and elbow. Fantastic surgeon and researcher. Well-connected at the many of the top shoulder and elbow programs throughout the country and she may be the reason that many of the seniors are either pursuing or considering shoulder/elbow fellowships. Although I didn't interact with her much during my rotation, it's pretty much unanimous from the residents that she will absolutely go to bat for you when it's your time.

Didactics / Teaching

Daily 45-60 minute long didactics beginning at 6:30am at the main campus M-F. Residents at Morningside (formerly St. Lukes) and West video conference in. Lectures are given by attendings four days per week and by a chief on the remaining day. Don't underestimate the value of having attendings deliver these lectures, this is absolutely not how it's done at every program across the country. Each month is a group of lectures on a specific subspecialty and, fortunately for me, it was joints while I was there. By the end of four weeks of daily lectures on arthroplasty and 4.5 days per week doing joints in the OR, I was quite confident in my knowledge base heading on to my next rotation. Fracture rounds precede didactics M-F. Intern presents their consults w/ imaging from the day prior and their ultimate decision on management. Learning for the intern is Socratic during this portion, with questions being raised by the Seniors. Not at all malignant. You don't need to worry about that at any site or setting in this program.

Operating Experience
Again, this is coming from my experience of a month on joints so I can't speak to the other services, but absolutely solid. I rotated at two other Manhattan programs and it really isn't even comparable. Depending on their interest in joints as well as their skill set, the PGY-3 was doing all the bony work, femoral and acetabular, with the attending taking more of the classic assistant role. The PGY-5 senior on joints while I was on service was going into joints and he would just do the whole thing himself with myself and a PA assisting. Fortunately, quite a few revisions come through the door so you'll get the full joints experience. Also, Dr. Chen is slick with the anterior approach to the hip as well as the Mako knee, which will be valuable should you ultimately choose to pursue a joints fellowship.
Clinic Experience
It's clinic, we want to operate. That being said, the clinic is super efficient and this is a great time to get to know the attending you're working with. Also a great time to get some one-on-one teaching and to dissect the thought process of someone has been doing this for many years whenever a complex case walks through the door.
Research Opportunities
Abound. One of the chiefs had a stupid number of publications in spine (ultimately went to Columbia to do his fellowship with Lenke and is now coming back as an attending at Sinai) and spine is definitely a research machine at Sinai. Joints also puts out a high volume of quality work as does Forsh (trauma) at Morningside. If wet lab is your thing, Dr. Iatridis is your golden goose (and a great guy). Research could use some more beefing up in terms of the number of statisticians, but that's my biggest gripe. Also, research absolutely is not going to be shoved down your throat. The program definitely lets you do you.
The crown jewel, without a doubt. Of the four other rotations I went on, none were even in the same league. Healthy split of single/married. Only issue was the small number of females in the program, but this year Sinai matched 4 girls in a class of 7 interns and I hope they will continue to strike a solid balance. I can give you the cliche "great camaraderie, tight-knit, super duper supportive family" spiel, which would be true, but there's something special mixed in that really sets this crew of guys and gals apart. Seriously a great time. Come through and experience it for yourself.
Sinai has classically been known for the fantastic lifestyle the program affords its residents. It's true and they continue to push the envelope by hiring more PAs at each of the hospitals. They even have PAs for night coverage - As in, you might actually get some sleep and get to enjoy all there is to do in NYC as intern. It's a beautiful thing. Interns really only get crushed on the vascular surgery rotation and +/- general surgery rotation depending on the site and the gen surg chief. The seniors live the life of luxury.
Location / Housing
The main campus is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan at its border with East Harlem. Mount Sinai West is in the Times Square/Hell's Kitchen Area and Morningside is on the Upper West Side adjacent to the Columbia Undergraduate campus. The City hospital that is covered by the program is Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. Housing is offered by the hospital and is subsidized approximately 30% in comparison to market value. Only major downside is that, as of this year, housing for ortho residents is only offered on the West Side. Because of this, all of the interns opted out of hospital housing and found their own apartments.
-Hospital only offers subsidized housing to ortho residents on the West Side (booooo)
-Would be nice to have more statisticians for research projects (perhaps I'm just being lazy)
-The C-arm at Elmhurst is exceedingly difficult to maneuver. Like actually, someone needs to put a bumper on that thing.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Overall great experience and couldn't have been more thrilled to match at Sinai. Come rotate with us, learn a ton, and maybe accidentally have a blast in the process.


I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
March 2019
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