Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

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Winston-Salem
State/Province
North Carolina

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Residents per class
4
Wake Forest University School of Medicine Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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Overall rating 
 
9.5
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.5  (2)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0  (2)
Operating Experience 
 
9.5  (2)
Clinical Experience 
 
9.5  (2)
Research 
 
9.0  (2)
Residents 
 
9.5  (2)
Lifestyle 
 
10.0  (2)
Location 
 
9.0  (2)
Overall Experience 
 
9.5  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
9.7
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
8.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

Updated program overview

Overall, I would highly recommend considering Wake Forest for an away rotation.

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Great leadership/program director. Dr. Halvorson is past resident of the program and very attentive to the residents needs/concerns/desires. The number of faculty employed by the department has grown considerably over the past few years, adding some fresh breath to the resident experience.
Didactics / Teaching
Very thorough didactic component. The trauma faculty host weekly fracture conference for all residents during "protected time", as well as daily trauma conference. Weekly educational lectures given by residents and faculty.
Operating Experience
The true golden star for the Wake program is operative experience. Residents get great exposure to every specialty in house, and a stand-alone VA rotation at the nearby VA hospital that is a nearly completely autonomous OR experience involving total joints, arthroscopy, and recently "wide-awake" hand procedures. Residents finish the program with a comfort level I have not seen at many other institutions because of the huge case volume.
Clinic Experience
Good clinical experience. Attendings do significant teaching during clinic, and let residents do any procedures. There is also a completely resident run clinic for the seniors so they can see and book their own cases.
Research Opportunities
Overall, research support is great for clinical projects. Funding for basic science research is harder to find, but can be found if you are diligent.
Residents
Phenomenal group of residents. Each year the program tends to match people based on "fit" more than board-scores. They do more together outside the hospital than any other program I have encountered. Group beach trips, grill out pool parties, and beer Olympics are just a few of the fun things I experienced during my away rotations. They do a good job of ensuring the rotating medical students are included in the team as well.
Lifestyle
One of the best "life-style" programs in the country. Most of the residents are married, many of which have children, and value life spent outside the hospital. The cross-coverage weekend rounds is a great system to help keep residents out of the hospital as much as possible. Work hour restrictions are stringently adhered to at the direction of the faculty.
Location / Housing
Winston-Salem is definitely on the smaller side when it comes to cities, but it has just about everything you could want. The downtown area has undergone a MASSIVE overhaul over the past 5 years, and it has become quite a fun place to live. New breweries and restaurants continue to pop up as the downtown area grows. Nearly all the residents own houses, and with the cost-of-living being so low, residents can live extremely comfortably on their salary.
Limitations
At this point, there are absolutely no specific concerns I can pinpoint. There is some expected turnover at some point with regard to the chairman position, as is natural, I'm certain the program will fill the role with a similarly-minded individual.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Absolutely great rotation on all counts. This is most definitely the hidden gem of the South. Great residents, great faculty, great quality of life, and great location (mountains on one side, beaches on the other). The residents were very supportive during my rotation, and really made me feel like I didn't just waste a month of my time. I ranked Wake first on my list, and couldn't be happier that landed here when the dust of match day finally settled.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
June 2016
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(Updated: December 10, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
9.3
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
9.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
9.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Wake Forest

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Great group of faculty/staff. Upper extremity is especially strong. Joints has some interesting personalities.
Didactics / Teaching
Excellent didactics. Residents excel on OITE.
Operating Experience
Very good operative experience. The only limitation I saw was on trauma, where the new staff (still in board collection period) was somewhat quick to grab the knife from the resident.
Clinic Experience
Who really cares about clinic experience? You get enough.
Research Opportunities
Outstanding research opportunities. The Drs. Smith (husband and wife combo) are dedicated to resident research involvement. Emphasis seemed to be on upper extremity, sports, and hand research, but you could do whatever you wanted from what I gathered.
Residents
Great group of residents. There used to be somewhat of a disconnect between the research residents and the rest of the crew, but this is no longer true. Nearly everyone I met was great in the OR and would be someone I'd want to grab a beer with.
Lifestyle
Excellent lifestyle. Call is very spread out (something like Q5-7 as a junior), but of course the flipside is that you get worked on call as you cover adult ED, peds ED, and floor calls. However, you have a good team (a couple of juniors and an upper level) and the residents live the good life.
Location / Housing
Winston-Salem is a fantastic city if you're married, maybe not the best place for single folks, although its not bad (downtown was being re-vamped when I was there). I personally loved the city. Housing is really affordable and it is extremely safe.
Limitations
I got the impression that Dr. Webb leaving was a loss for the program. However, there are several guys who do trauma who are awesome and will attempt to fill in his shoes.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I think this is the best program in North Carolina (I rotated at Duke, as well as interviewed at CMC and UNC). Well balanced, excellent academics, name will open doors for fellowships down the road. Opportunities in upper extremity and hand are unparalleled. Overall an excellent place that I believe is only improving.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
October 2009
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Wake Forest University School of Medicine Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
Updated program overview (Written by John, March 19, 2019)
 
9.7
"Overall, I would highly recommend considering Wake Forest for an away rotation. "
Wake Forest (Written by Jerry Stephens, March 03, 2010)
 
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