SUNY Upstate Medical University

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Syracuse
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Residents per class
4
SUNY Upstate Medical University Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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1 review
Overall rating
 
8.9
Staff Surgeons
 
9.0(1)
Didactics/Teaching
 
8.0(1)
Operating Experience
 
10.0(1)
Clinical Experience
 
9.0(1)
Research
 
8.0(1)
Residents
 
10.0(1)
Lifestyle
 
9.0(1)
Location
 
8.0(1)
Overall Experience
 
9.0(1)
SUNY Upstate
(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating
 
8.9
Staff Surgeons
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
8.0
Operating Experience
 
10.0
Clinical Experience
 
9.0
Research
 
8.0
Residents
 
10.0
Lifestyle
 
9.0
Location
 
8.0
Overall Experience
 
9.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Dr. Albanese is a great chair. He is very approachable, as are most of the staff. I know that as a medical student he will go to bat for you when it comes to helping you get into a residency program, even if SUNY Upstate is not high up on your list. The staff as a whole are very interested in teaching and producing good surgeons. There is a good mix of older faculty and younger faculty and all the subspecialties are covered.
Didactics / Teaching
Grand Rounds every week, with presenters ranging from residents, faculty, and guess speakers. Every morning there is some mandatory conference hour run by either senior residents or faculty. Each day covered the various subspecialties. Not sure how well the program prepares their residents for the OITE, but it seemed like the residents usually have no issues with passing.
Operating Experience
One of the strong points of this program. With 20 residents total, there are always cases to go around. It is variable, but most residents finish with around 2500 cases (+/- 300 depending how proactive the resident is). Typically the OR has an attending, senior resident, and an intern or PGY-2. I saw on multiple occasion the attending not even scrub and the senior resident ran the show, on those occasions I would be 1st assist and got to do tons. Depending on the level of the case an attending was doing some and teaching a senior or a senior was doing some and teaching a junior. Every subspecialty is different and every attending is different too, obviously. Some attendings are handsy from what the residents tell me, but for the most part the operating experience is excellent. I rounded through a week of Trauma, hand, spine, and peds.
Clinic Experience
Clinical experience is probably not as strong as the operating experience. There is a resident run clinic that occurs weekly for the various subspecialty. Residents also attend their attending's office hours. The total amount of clinical/office time is roughly 2 days per week. Some office hours appeared more like shadowing, others the attending gave a large amount of autonomy to the residents. In the clinic there was a large amount of autonomy.
Research Opportunities
Research opportunities are plentiful here. Each resident must have a publishable quality paper/project, though it does not actually have to be submitted for publications. This area is really variable based on the desire and drive of the resident. There is the Institute of Human Performance (IHP) which is a free standing building close to University hospital, which houses the Musculo-skeletal Science Research Center. I think I heard that they are expanding the IHP in the next couple years too.
Residents
Amazing group of people. Another strong point of this program. From the PGY-5s to the interns they were looking to make my experience a great one. Good teachers and they really let you get involved if you're proactive. The group is a mix of married people, some with kids, and singles. They all get along well with each other. This year a PGY-3 was let go and I was there during the aftermath of that issue. The program has opted to add a 5th PGY-2 which means the rotations are going to be different for those two classes. I know the faculty was getting input for the residents about altering the rotation schedule. This should not affect the interns next year or the following classes as far as I can tell.
Lifestyle
The 80 hour work week is meet consistently. The intern year is typical of any ortho program. The PGY-2s and PGY-3s split University in house call for overnight coverage of trauma, with a senior on home call. Also there is home call for the residents for Crouse Hospital and the VA. The lifestyle is pretty typical for any orhto program. I didn't see any residents burned out or dragging.
Location / Housing
Syracuse, NY is ok. Not a huge city, but not a small town either. It is an inexpensive area compared to other similarly sized cities. Syracuse University adds some fun with basketball and football (if they ever turn that around). Most of the residents own homes in the surrounding areas. There is plenty of outdoor activities to do in Upstate NY, and NYC is about 4-5 hours away. The weather is typical of the Northeast, with all 4 seasons. Summers are great and the winters are bearable, though I am from Maine, which has a similar climate, so I may have a bias. I personally wish the skiing was better, there are a few small mountains all within 45 minutes. The hospitals are clustered together and essentially all connected by tunnels (University and Crouse are, with the VA across the street from the College of Medicine academic building, which is also connected to University hospital).
Limitations
Not sure if I could really pick a limitation. If I had to, I guess it would be the clinical experience or the didactics (not the one on one teaching).
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I am a medical student here at SUNY Upstate, and I attempted to keep this unbiased. I did my AI this past March. I would be excited to match here next year, I think this program makes great surgeons.

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I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
March 2009
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