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9.0 2 10
Ohio August 28, 2007 16999
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Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Our PD and chairman are supportive and involved. Our attending staff is independent. That's a point I don't think I understood as a medical student. I've rotated on other services/programs where the attendings needed a resident for every order. Our attendings put our education first. They are available when you're trying to staff a consult and won't be annoyed if you call in the middle of the night (also surprisingly not a universal thing).
Didactics / Teaching
Conferences are 1-2 hours every weekday morning. This is key! I didn't realize how much until I rotated some places that do 3-4 hours once a week. It was painful. If you're the kind that wants to sit in a lecture for that long then this isn't your place. Didactics are usually a mix between Xray conference, lecture by an attending, OITE review, presentations by senior residents, trauma grand rounds etc. That's the other thing: attendings are involved in our education. I've also seen programs where all conferences are resident-run. Pros and cons to that. We have a mix of both during didactics.
Operating Experience
We operate early and often. As a PGY-1 or 2, you are either off service (required intern ACGME rotations), on call, or in the OR. After that, as second call you will be basically operating everyday. One of the biggest advantages is that we don't do a block schedule. This means you can be operating on foot and ankle fractures one day and then TKAs the next. Steep learning curve like everywhere else but it keeps the content fresh. That means you won't walk into the OR as a PGY-4 and think: "damn I haven't done an endoprosthesis for 6 months." Hand, sports, tumor and pediatrics are the only block scheduled rotations.
Clinic Experience
We have consistent clinic experience on hand service, at Akron Children's, and on Friday every week in House Clinic. Patients in house clinic are staffed with the chief resident but there is always an attending as well. If you want greater exposure in a certain area, no attending will keep you away from going to clinic with them (we don't do that often though because we all would rather operate).
Research Opportunities
There is a research requirement by the ACGME. Here, you can commit as much time to research as you want. There is dedicated research months, but if you are more serious about research there is amazing opportunities. For a "community" hospital, there is academic level research conducted as we have an affiliation with the Austen BioInnovation Institute (in town), biomechanics lab, and an animal lab. Also, there is always support (including financial) to submit abstracts/papers/presentations to local and national meetings. And obviously PhDs help with the statistics portion.
This is the best part (and I'm not saying that just because I'm part of the team now). I rotated here as a medical student and the residents were the top reason I ranked this program 1st. Not everywhere you go will you see that the residents actually like hanging out together. It's a small group (15) so the fit of the applicant is very important to us. Residents take vacations together and hang out on the weekends. Significant others are often included. Also, I have never gotten "dumped on" by another resident. Sounds corny but it's simple: "teamwork makes the dream work."
When I advise medical students about ranking residencies, I tell them to consider cost of living in the area of each program. Maybe it's not the most important thing on your list and that's reasonable, but don't ignore it either. Cost-of-living here allows most residents to own homes/condos if they choose. We all still have funds for fun including traveling abroad during vacation weeks. That's the most important part: work-life balance. We all have membership to the gym which is located in the main hospital as well as satellite campuses. So no matter where you may be operating/in clinic, you'll have access to stay in shape. We also get an incredible stipend for food while in-house. We take in-house call but it's always a junior with a more senior resident. That way there's always support. Don't look for them to hold your hand though! This is set up for the benefit of our patients. Plus, it helps the juniors learn a ton more than they would just reading orthobullets on the fly.
Location / Housing
Akron, Ohio. I'm not from the area so I have to say I didn't know much about it at all. If you like outdoor activities you will love the fall, spring, and summer. If you like warmth and forever sunshine, don't come here. There are places to go out and there's more options about 30 min away in Cleveland. Obviously Cleveland Cavaliers are a big deal. OSU is a big deal. Everyone is incredibly friendly. It's not a huge city where you'll be stuck in traffic post-call dying to get home. But if you're a fun person, you'll have no problem finding a great time here. Also, we don't have to travel from hospital to hospital all the time. This is amazing! There are few times where you may have an OR lineup at the surgery center, which is only 20 minutes away. During our pediatrics rotation, we are across the street at Akron Children's Hospital. So you get to sleep in your own bed most nights and see your family if you have one.
We are not in a big city and there's another Level I trauma center in town. We still get a great trauma exposure (there's enough to go around). I looked at this as "how many open tibia fractures do I have to see at 2 am before I know how to take care of them?" But some people may want more.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I rotated here as a medical student and this program became my measuring stick during the entire interview process. The environment here is unlike any other I've experienced/heard about from colleagues. I am extremely happy that I matched here.


I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
Jul 2015
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