Samaritan Health Services

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Address
3600 NW Samaritan Drive
City
Corvalis
State/Province
OR
Zip/Postal code
97330

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Residents per class
2

Samaritan Health Services Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

User reviews

1 review
Overall rating
 
4.6
Staff Surgeons
 
6.0(1)
Didactics/Teaching
 
4.0(1)
Operating Experience
 
5.0(1)
Clinical Experience
 
3.0(1)
Research
 
1.0(1)
Residents
 
3.0(1)
Lifestyle
 
9.0(1)
Location
 
6.0(1)
Overall Experience
 
4.0(1)
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Corvallis Ortho Program
(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating
 
4.6
Staff Surgeons
 
6.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
4.0
Operating Experience
 
5.0
Clinical Experience
 
3.0
Research
 
1.0
Residents
 
3.0
Lifestyle
 
9.0
Location
 
6.0
Overall Experience
 
4.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Most of the faculty were pretty nice. All are community doctors that essentially volunteer their private practice to be used as part of teh residency training program. The program director is Dr. Vela whom is a nice guy and hand surgeon. He is very overwhelmed because he also assumes the role of the DME so possibly my view of him was a little skewed. However, of the program directors I interacted with during the rotation process, he was the least responsive, most mysterious and frankly I felt his interaction with me was borderline unprofessional (keep in mind this is my opinion). There was also a Trauma surgeon, Krummrey whom only operates from 8-5 and does basic community trauma, no Pelvis. Additionally, there is 1 spine guy that seemed pretty good. Aside from that I only interacted with a few other general ortho guys and 1 Total Joint guy whom was really great. The program is growing and I think others in the community are going to get involved but this was not really clear. Overall, as a student I got very little hands on experience and spent most of my time standing in the OR and opening gloves. Sam the program secretary was helpful.
Didactics / Teaching
Resident run and consisted of fracture conference, monthly Journal club and mornign intern run lectures and some OITE questions. The lectures were pretty simplistic and basically go through chapters of Handbook, Hoppenfields and Miller's. We didn't really dive into any complex our literature based topics during my tenure. I think there was an anatomy class thing for the residents one mornign but as a student I was not invited.
Operating Experience
Minimal, as a student essentially none. The residents often acted as a first assist at best but all the attendings have PA's so there was a definite issue with this and some animosity from what I could tell. Basically in Corvallis the experience is that of a small community setting with limited breadth. I have been to the Level 1 center in Portland where they do their Trauma and they do a lot there but it is pretty low volume. When I was there, the OHSU residents said they were actually being pulled off the Trauma service at Legacy Emanuel secondary to volume (but couold be politics, who knows?). The only Peds they are doing is goign to be at the Shrine in Portland which is a pretty small peds hospital relative to Dornbecher which is OHSUs big pediatric Hospital. Peds experience is a big question mark, as is the Trauma experience. There is no Oncology from what I understand.
Clinic Experience
Basically, you work in private physician community clinics, seemed adequate though. Lower volume so pretty chill when I was there. I think you would get to seem some of the OSU athletes on a few of the rotations.

Minimal ER experience. When I was there an issue existed with the ER docs and whether the residents could take call without an attending. I think this issue will resolve but the ER docs are private so they wanted to do reductions and casts. The residents were getting very little ER reduction experience from what I saw.
Research Opportunities
None from what I saw though potentially in the future there might be some with COMP-NW but this is 30min away, possibly OSU as well. I think this setting has potential for the motivated individual.
Residents
The 2nd group of residents seemed cool. I really liked Blake, Kelly was quiet but nice and Malone seemed alright as well. The Seniors or soon to be 3rd years were interesting. Personally, I did not really get along with them and they did not seem to be a very cohesive group for whatever reason. There was a single strong personality that was very hard on the group, unfairly so from what I saw. Of all the seniors I saw at different programs, these were the most arrogant.
Lifestyle
Pretty good compared to other programs but I felt like it borderlined on inadequate because it was so chill. I was done by 8am on a few occasions with nothing to do for the rest of the day. Corvallis is a nice small college town but it is still 1.5hrs from Portland. The coast is pretty close which is cool because Oregon has good surf.
Location / Housing
See Lifestyle above.

Also, housing is pretty expensive to buy in Corvallis. For whatever reason the housing crash sparred Corvallis, OR so houses are expensive to buy and rentals are expensive and difficult to find based on talking with the residents. You can live cheaply outside and Commute in from Albany for instance.
Limitations
ER experience, Pediatric Experience, Trauma Experience and Oncology experience were all very big concerns for me. Beyond that, the overall volume was a big concern for me; when the program gets to 15 residents + medical students + residents from other services at the hospital, I think the experience is goign to get diluted significantly unless they start doing a lot of out rotations.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I would say it was fair but I have a lot of concerns (see above). I think the program knows their weaknesses and I think they are working to overcome these but the progress is going to be slow. My guess is that in 5-10 years this program will be a lot stronger with more of the bugs worked out. However, until then it is going to be a learning process for everyone and that could be good or bad depending on how you look at it and what the individual goals of teh residents are.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
Sept. 2011 - Oct. 2011
JR
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