St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center (Osteopathic)

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Toledo
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St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center (Osteopathic) Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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Overall rating
 
8.9
Staff Surgeons
 
9.0(1)
Didactics/Teaching
 
10.0(1)
Operating Experience
 
10.0(1)
Clinical Experience
 
9.0(1)
Research
 
6.0(1)
Residents
 
10.0(1)
Lifestyle
 
10.0(1)
Location
 
6.0(1)
Overall Experience
 
10.0(1)
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Top notch Osteopathic Ortho Program
(Updated: December 10, 2011)
Overall rating
 
8.9
Staff Surgeons
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
10.0
Operating Experience
 
10.0
Clinical Experience
 
9.0
Research
 
6.0
Residents
 
10.0
Lifestyle
 
10.0
Location
 
6.0
Overall Experience
 
10.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Dr. Jaeblon is the head of the program - he is an old school orthopod with plenty of knowledge to offer. Dr. Jaeblon strongly emphasizes didactics in his program. The residency includes attendings specialized in Trauma, Sports, Spine, and Joints. St. Vincent's is a level 1 trauma center meaning trauma is a HUGE part of the program! Lots of primary and revision knees and hips as well. Sports is also big here with a large emphasis on knees, shoulders, and hip scopes. They will be having a second spine surgeon next year. Peds ortho is a growing speciality - children are seen in the weekly clinic and 4 months are dedicated to peds at the Toledo hospital during your 3rd year. Hand surgery is with 2 speciality trained plastic surgeons. No dedicated foot & ankle or Ortho Oncology attending, but you do get enough cases in each.
Didactics / Teaching
Didactics are phenomenal! 3-4 mornings a week including resident presentations, Miller review, trauma conference, Morbidity and Mortality, Research-like presentations, x-ray conference, and attending lectures. I have not seen any other program with such intense didactics. The residents consistently have top-notch OITE scores year after year.
Operating Experience
You book the case out of clinic, you do the surgery no matter what year you are. I saw PGY-1s doing carpal tunnel releases, metacarpal pinnings, and various reductions. Lots of first assist time with attendings on trauma and total joint cases. Once again, most programs I explored had most PGY 3's and 4s doing all the surgeries. Early surgical experience is a big part of their program. Anywhere from 25-40 surgeries a week mostly at St. Vincents but also at St. Charles & St. Annes.
Clinic Experience
Clinic is every monday from 10 am to about 7 pm at night. Anything can walk through the door. Emphasis is on post-op management and associated injections, rehabilitation, and x-rays. Patients range from pediatrics to geriatrics. The clinic serves the uninsured populations of Toledo. You get to work on your interaction skills as well as your physical exam skills. Not many other osteopathic ortho programs have a resident run clinic. Don't worry because an attending is always present. PGY's one rotate through their attending's offices.
Research Opportunities
Not real strong in research - but the opportunity is here if you want to participate. Most of the research is through the Ohio school of Osteopathic medicine.
Residents
15 total - take 3 a year, possibly expand to 4 in the next couple of years. Board scores are TOP PRIROITY. Need at least an 85 to rotate. The residents are great - they work hard and can put in some long hours but they know their stuff. Jokes are abundant! This is really a resident run program where the older residents teach the youger residents. Attendings are a wealth of information as well.
Lifestyle
Trauma call 24 days a month. averages out to 6-7 calls a month. Mostly a 6 am start get done around 5pm. Some days can be long as with any ortho program. Weekends are usually free after rounding in the morning or if you were to be on call. Residents say you get used to the stress!
Location / Housing
Most residents don't live in the city of Toledo proper. Live in surrounding towns or Michigan about 15 minutes from the hospital. St. Vincent's has free dorm housing to rotating students, free meals, and adequate parking. Don't want to go exploring around the hospital at night!!!
Limitations
No dedicated foot & ankle nor Ortho Onc. But the residents assured me that they see alot of each so the exposure is here. Not much major emphasis on research.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Very top-notch program up there with Lansing, Dayton, Columbus, PCOM, UMDNJ and Harrisburg. (I rotated at all except harrisburg). Early surgical experience is a major draw to the program - I think its hard to learn a craft if you watch for the first 3 years - I need to have my hands busy to learn. Highly recommended you rotate to have a chance here - and you need the board scores to even be considered (at least 85% or higher) - to have a shot you need at least at above 90 percentile. St. Vincent's is great for rotating osteopathic students - free housing, free meals, great atmosphere. Highly recommended. In my opinion, this is one of the best osteopathic ortho programs in the country - very competitive. Every resident to date has landed the fellowship of their choice including Sports, joints, spine, hand, peds, trauma. One prior resident was the team doc for the Phoenix Suns!!!

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I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
September 1-30 2009
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