SUNY at Stony Brook


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Stony Brook
New York

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SUNY at Stony Brook Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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Honest Evaluate from Recent Grad
(Updated: January 30, 2013)
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Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Chairman - Dr. Lawrence Hurst. He is a great surgeon and a true gentleman. He is a leader in Dupytren's is very approachable and loved by the residents.<br />
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The faculty on a whole is what makes the experience. Rotations are set up us mini-mentorships where you basically follow a specific surgeon or sometime 2. You work with them in OR and Clinic as well as cover their ER cases which come in during there calls. <br />
It is the opportunity to really understand what orthopedics is about from the office to the operating room. If you are willing to work hard for your attending, read for cases, and take care of your services inhouse patients the relationship between you and your attending will be great.<br />
If you are lazy and disinterested (ie have decided you are doing Spine PGY2 year and lack interest and enthusiam for Sports, Joints, etc) it will not be a good.<br />
In summary, although it is cliche the best months are spent PGY 3-5 year when you show interest, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
Didactics / Teaching
Intake conference every morning before clinic/OR going over the previous night's ED cases, followed by a short faculty-led specialty conference. Grand rounds each week (run by faculty, resident, or guest). Protected time fracture/basic science and sports conferences every Monday night - these can seem long but are definitely useful, and food is usually provided. As a rotator, I was not pimped at conferences but still tried to prepare, just in case. Conferences in general were not malignant, and pretty helpful overall. Residents here clearly know their orthopaedics.
Operating Experience
As a recent graduate I and a co-resident had military obligations to fulfill. Coincidentally, we wound up at the same military hospital without the opportunity to do fellowship.<br />
The majority of my current practice is sports (young marines injured in training). I do mainly ACLs (Hamstring and Bone patella Tendon Bone), Bankart repairs, SLAPs, CC lig reconstructions, carticel bx and transplants etc. Note I am doing these successfully without fellowship.<br />
As far as trauma (bread and butter ortho) our Stony Brook Experience is amazing. I moonlight at several local and remote ERs (Level I-II) and have had to emergently rod femurs, fix open ankles, both bone forearm fracture etc and am comfortable doing all of these without residents, without certified first assists (PAs, etc).<br />
I guess what I am trying to say is this program WILL teach you to be a well rounded orthopedist who can get the job done. <br />
This will only become apparent when you see some of the limited skill sets that residents from other programs possess after graduation.
Clinic Experience
Clinic experience was very solid. Residents are in clinic 1-2 days/week, and were seeing their own patients, analyzing images, coming up with plans, etc. Clinic is very fast-paced, but enough time for teaching points between patients. Maybe not in 2007 when the previous reviewer rotated, but on my rotation residents routinely dictated. Residents are super smart with regard to orthopaedics, and clinic seemed like where they were augmenting their knowledge base.
Research Opportunities
Research powerhouse, publication city. Check pubmed for Rush ortho pubs. Clearly well-funded and well-supported. Amazing biomechanics, histology, animal, and basic biology labs. Not only do these guys put out papers, but the faculty (and often residents) are giving talks (both on basic research and course lectures) each year at AAOS as well as the subspecialty conferences, so it isn't just research for publication sake - they are actively teaching the rest of the orthopedic community. Three months dedicated time in PGY3 which some residents use for research, others not so much. Despite being a research powerhouse, I didn't get the vibe that the residents were pressured to produce - it was just simply at their fingertips if they wanted it.
At least when I was there this is a blue collar, work hard play hard group.
Cush, though definitely a work hard, play hard program. PGY2 seems to be the toughest year (that's everywhere). They have home call as PGY2's on, but this has pros/cons as there are no "post-call" days. No nightfloat. Rush is Level II and so they're not getting high-energy MVAs (no one in Chicago is except Loyola), but they still see a ton of bread and butter trauma - distal radius, hip fractures, etc. They probably have the best lifestyle and more fun than other programs I saw, but as I mentioned, they definitely work hard. The 80-hour rule didn't seem to be an issue.
Location / Housing
Housing is a bit expensive but it depends what you are looking for. As a single person it isnt bad. You can rent a house with 1 or 2 other residents etc. It all depends on where you want to live
Program is currently improving research opportunities and has recently built a wet lab for surgical skills training
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
This program is lesser known I believe due to the big NYC programs that have a lot of big names and fanfare.<br />
I am definitely glad I had the opportunity to train here especially given the fact that I was forced to practice without benefit of fellowship. <br />
We get amazing fellowships as well - recent fellowships include Kerlan Jobe, MGH, CHOP, Andrews Gulf breeze etc


I am an alumnus of this program.
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