Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland

Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland Hot

John LanglandJohn Langland   August 28, 2007  
 
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City
Cleveland
State/Province
Ohio

Program Information

Residents per class
6
Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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5 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.7
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.2  (5)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.0  (5)
Operating Experience 
 
8.4  (5)
Clinical Experience 
 
9.2  (5)
Research 
 
9.2  (5)
Residents 
 
9.4  (5)
Lifestyle 
 
8.4  (5)
Location 
 
6.8  (5)
Overall Experience 
 
8.8  (5)
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(Updated: February 09, 2016)
Overall rating 
 
8.6
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
8.0
Research 
 
7.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
8.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

2015-2016 Resident Perspective

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Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Our program has been rapidly expanding attending surgeon staff over the last year as the hospital recently become level 1 trauma center as well as team physicians for the Browns. Randall Marcus' vision is for UHCMC's Orthopaedic Surgery Department to become a nationwide leader in Sports and Trauma.
Didactics / Teaching
We continue to have daily one hour didactic sessions that are a combination of resident and attending run - typically senior residents will run present topics and attendings will supplement material with case presentations.
Operating Experience
I would categorize this program as a hands on operative experience at a world class academic center with early operative experience and a high resident to fellow ratio (there is a non-accredited pediatric and trauma fellowship).



Residents rarely double scrub. We typically have too many rooms running that need resident coverage to double scrub.

Another strength of our operative experience is increased resident autonomy in the OR as we progress through our training. There is an expectation that residents will obtain the capability to think critically and possess the operative skills necessary to manage moderately complex orthopaedic issues by the time they graduate.

We are a very trauma heavy program. Until this December 2015, our level 1 trauma experience was isolated yearly 2-4 month rotations at MetroHealth hospital on the other side of town. However, our main campus is now a level 1 trauma center as well and we are busier than expected. This is a huge bonus for our program as we now have a level 1 trauma experience throughout all of our residency training. We will continue to rotate at MetroHealth where resident manage the orthopedic trauma service but at our main campus, the service is run by PAs. So the benefit is that we get to see a lot more trauma at our home hospital and operate but don't have the added burden of more floor work.


Clinic Experience
Chiefs run clinics at the VA and MetroHealth hospitals. Residents have full responsibility for diagnosing, treating, monitoring orthopedic conditions in these clinics. Residents often are the ones who will determine whether or not a patient is an operative candidate. All clinics at the main campus are run by attendings, residents have less responsibility in these clinics.
Research Opportunities
Our program is strong with regards to bench research, anatomic/anthropologic research (Hayman-Todd Skeletal Collection at Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a our disposal) and the potential for biomechanics research. At Case Western Reserve University, the graduate student facualty in musculoskeletal sciences is world class (Ed Greenfield is a former winner of the Kappa Delta Award from ORS and Clare Rimnac is the former Editor for CORR). Two residents will be be selected for the Allen Fellowship to participate in non-clinical research for one year between PGY1 and PGY2. One deficit of our program is the lack of a comprehensive outcomes database. This makes doing clinical research somewhat challenging but it can be accomplished
Residents
Our residents are diverse, well rounded, and have a broad interest outside of orthopeadics. With 6 residents per class, I feel we have the ideal program size to maximize resident interaction and standardize knowledge acquisition through defined clinical and operative experiences.
Lifestyle
We are very busy with call, but follow the work-hour regulations set forth by the ACGME (no greater than 28hrs in-hospital time without 8 hours off, average 80hrs/week over 4 weeks with 2 days off per month). There is usually some time to get reading/research done while on-call, but this is less so now that we've become a level 1 trauma center
Location / Housing
Believe it or not, Cleveland is on the rise. There has been a influx of young professionals into the downtown Cleveland area and an economic boom associated with the return of Lebron and the 2016 Republican Nation Convention (politics aside, it has been good for Cleveland). The city is affordable, sporting events and concerts are accessible, the food scene is off the charts and local breweries are abundant. There are also lots of attractions outside of downtown, including the tons of museums (Cleveland Art Museum has 2nd largest endowment outside of The New York Metropolitan Museum), The Cleveland Symphony, Cleveland Metroparks, Lake Erie and a National Park
Limitations
The lack of a patient reported clinical outcomes database for research is a clear limitation of the program.

Growing pains of a new level 1 trauma can be seen as a limitation but truly represent an opportunity for residents to be on the ground floor of shaping patient care pathways.

The program is evolving and expanding and with the hiring of new physician extenders, it may help off-load some of the resident non-operative responsibilities, however it is tough to predict where the program will be in the next 5 years which some may view as a limitation.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I am very pleased with my experience at UHCMC. The selling points that put this program at the top of my rank list were the unique combination of a heavily operative program at an world class academic institution with high resident to fellow ratio, the comprehensive local experience (never shipped out of town for trauma/pediatrics/tumor), and genuine enthusiasm of the current residents. Some candidates may have other priorities in their search for residency but I would strongly consider those variables when making decisions about where to rotate and apply. We look forward to seeing any and all rotators from around the country.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
2013-2018
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
9.1
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
9.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
9.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
7.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

Wow

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Outstanding faculty, with particular strengths in trauma and spine. Extremely approachable faculty and a collegial environment. The chair, Dr. Marcus, was one of the nicest people I met along the trail. Sports was a weakness in the past, but has since been shored up with the recent additions of fellowship trained sports (Rush) and shoulder and elbow (Jefferson) faculty. Residents consistently get some of the best fellowships in the country (Harborview/Davis trauma, Jefferson spine, HSS joints, Pitt sports in this year's graduating class).
Didactics / Teaching
Excellent - 1 hour conference most mornings at UH on various subspecialty topics were always high quality. In addition, dedicated month of didactics / anatomy with no clinical responsibilities during intern year. Good relationship with vendors for periodic sawbones.
Operating Experience
Operative experience starts from the PGY-2 year. Residents in the OR were consistently better in the OR than other places I rotated. Chief residents are in charge of the VA, Metro (county hospital), and university hospital for 4 months each. Because chiefs get first pick of any cases at these hospitals, it gives them a mini fellowship year that allows them to tailor their operative experience. The downside of this is that junior residents occasionally get bumped from cases, although the volume seems to be sufficient to comfortably accommodate everyone with only occasional double scrubbing.
Clinic Experience
Great autonomy in trauma clinics at Metrohealth, with residents running the show and attendings seeing their own patients and available for questions as needed. Private clinic space in Ahuja looks like a resort.
Research Opportunities
Abundant. 2 residents do an extra year of research after intern year. Great opportunities in biomechanics and basic sciences with one of the top biomedical engineering departments in the country next door. Plenty of opportunities for clinical research, especially in trauma at Metrohealth. Case Western itself is a huge research institution with no shortage of research funding.
Residents
Some of the most laid back and humble residents I have met on the trail who all get along and were very tightly knit. Great to work with, all were very willing to teach.
Lifestyle
Bottom-heavy. Q4-Q5 traditional call at Metro as a junior resident. Night float system at UH which makes for a painful 2 months as a PGY2 but makes life a lot better when you're not on. I've seen better, but I've seen a lot worse too.
Location / Housing
The sticking point for almost everyone I've met along the trail. Cleveland gets a bad rap for being a rust-belt city with bad winters but is actually much better than advertised. Several residents from California who said that weather was tolerable. Cold winters December-April, but great spring, summer, and fall. Lots of development around the city from what I've seen, plenty to do downtown, and unbelievable cost of living (2 bedroom apartments in nice areas go for ~800-900/month). Good food scene, terrible sports teams.
Limitations
Cleveland for most. No team coverage if sports is your thing. Traditional call schedule at metro for 4 months as a PGY-2, 2 months as a PGY-3 (with intern help). Website sucks.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Outstanding rotation, easily one of the top residencies in the midwest if not the country, once of the most balanced residency programs anywhere with regards to operative experience, academics, and dedication to teaching. Great training program and stepping stone for a top fellowship. I will be ranking it very highly if not #1 overall.

Qualification

I am a medical student at this school.
Date of Rotation
2012
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(Updated: January 30, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
8.8
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
8.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
9.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
6.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Well Deserved Reputation

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Chairman, Dr. Marcus, is approachable and a great advocate for the residents. Tremendous fellowship trained trauma surgeons at Metro (County Hospital), and at least one fellowship trained surgeon in each specialty at University Hospital (Academic Hospital). Trauma surgeons (the Wilburs, Sontich, Vallier, more) are great instructors and great surgeons. Spine surgeons (Furey, Ahn, Eubanks) are great.
Didactics / Teaching
Very good! Grand Rounds on Wednesdays consistently have distinguished visiting professors, as well as high-quality lectures from staff surgeons. Fracture conferences on Monday mornings led by senior residents and provide thorough instruction on all fracture/dislocation types. Numerous specialty conferences.
Operating Experience
Good, not great. Operative experience starts pretty early, with 2's frequently doing bread-and-butter cases, but it isn't too uncommon for seniors to bump a junior from a case. Many members of the staff are great instructors. Less autonomy than at other programs, but I think its enough and always dependent upon resident ability.<br />
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Aside from Trauma, Spine is a real strength here despite the recent death of Dr. Bohlman. Probably one of the best spine trainings among all residency programs. Furey and Ahn have been around for quite awhile and are excellent. Dr. Eubanks is a new addition and seems well-liked.
Clinic Experience
Very good. Less clinic time than at other programs, but they make the most of it. Residents run trauma clinics at Metro (the County Hospital), and have a fair amount of autonomy at
Research Opportunities
Extremely ample. Two of the 6 residents do a research year (between intern and PGY2), typically in some sort of basic science. Hamann-Todd skeleton collection at the Natural History museum is a tremendous resource for anatomical studies. Lots of basic science, clinical research, and translational studies.
Residents
Solid, standard set of guys and a few girls. Nothing different than anywhere else...they all get along and enjoy what they do.
Lifestyle
You work hard here, but its not awful...maybe one standard deviation above average. Trauma at Metro is tough, and has a traditional call schedule (Q3-4, I think), and you do a fair amount of Trauma. NF system at University Hospital, which is a Level 1 pediatrics hospital.
Location / Housing
Cleveland is not as horrible as many people imagine. Weather is cold, snowy, and windy for several months of the year, but fall/spring/summer are great. Lots of outdoor activities in cold-weather months (snow-shoeing, X-country, sledding, etc...). Housing is dirt cheap here and there are plenty of safe neighborhoods.
Limitations
Sports is a recognized weakness, which they are addressing with the addition of a simulation lab.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
This is a great residency program, with a strong reputation for a reason. Very well-rounded, with relative strengths in Trauma and Spine, and relative weakness in Sports

Qualification

I am a medical student at this school.
Date of Rotation
2010
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
7.5
Staff Surgeons 
 
8.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
7.0
Operating Experience 
 
6.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
8.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
6.0

pretty good

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Chairman is awesome - super helpful to students.
Didactics / Teaching
Ok - they weren't the best as places I rotated at, but probably would get the job done.
Operating Experience
Again, not the best, but they seemed like they were prepared.
Clinic Experience
Good clinic experience.
Research Opportunities
Top notch opportunities with big names.
Residents
Pretty good group overall.
Lifestyle
Fairly laid back.
Location / Housing
Im not a Cleveland fan and wasn't the month I spent there.
Limitations
None.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Decent overall, I think you'd be prepared for most areas of ortho.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2005
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(Updated: October 23, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
9.7
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
9.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
8.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

CWRU AI Review

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
The staff are excellent. Dr. Marcus is probably the nicest guy I have ever met and he seems to really care about his residents. The trauma attendings at Metro are amazing.
Didactics / Teaching
There are numerous conferences, lectures and grand rounds. Teaching is the best I've seen among different programs.
Operating Experience
I gave this place a 9 instead of a 10 due to lower volume. With that being said, you will probably not find a place with as well-rounded an operative experience. Despite the lower numbers, residents come out of here comfortable stepping into a general practice, although all pursue fellowship. The program is weaker in sports. Strong in everything else, especially trauma.
Clinic Experience
Clinic is clinic. Not too much. Not too little. No attending breathing down your neck.
Research Opportunities
This is CWRU.
Residents
Residents are all very cool. All the chiefs and residents went out of their way to show me around and make sure I felt comfortable with the place. Residents were more jock type compared to other programs I've been at. About 1/2 are married.
Lifestyle
Sex, sports, and alcohol.
Location / Housing
Picked this place to rotate based on reputation and it's close to my grandparents. However, when I first drove into town I thought "what a dump". But after 4 weeks, Cleveland is not that bad. Suburbs are nice. Downtown is clean. The football team sucks, but that's what satellite is for. Housing is cheap. Can buy a 3-5 bedroom house for the same price as a 1 bedroom condo in Chicago. Simple guy with simple lifestyle.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Overall, I had a fantastic time at CWRU. I was impressed by Metro and a number of faculty. The facilities are top notch. I am seeking a residency with a great trauma experience and will rank CWRU very highly, if not number 1.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
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