Review Detail

9.2 3 10
Pennsylvania August 28, 2007 16329
UPenn Away
(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating
 
8.7
Staff Surgeons
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
8.0
Operating Experience
 
8.0
Clinical Experience
 
8.0
Research
 
10.0
Residents
 
10.0
Lifestyle
 
7.0
Location
 
9.0
Overall Experience
 
9.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Very cool people on staff, mostly laid back. Many young surgeons and new people, excited to teach and get residents involved. Richard Lackman is stepping down so it is unclear who will be the head and what changes they might make. Hoffman, Hebela and others are young and great to work with.
Didactics / Teaching
Lots of excellent lecture, big name visiting speakers. Only concern is that lectures are spread out based on what site you are at.
Operating Experience
Mostly in the latter years as 2nd year is slammed with busy work, at least on the trauma service. On the other hand, by the 2nd year getting slammed, the 3 and above is operating morning to night, guided by the 5. Residents leave capable of everything basic including joints, cuffs and ACL's and more than ready with even complex trauma.
Clinic Experience
Plenty of time in clinics except trauma.
Research Opportunities
Every resident I met was involved with papers and were submitting 2 or 3 papers to conferences. Most were also helping to write book chapters or writing their own books.
Residents
Coolest residents I met during my entire experience. Chiefs are all willing to teach and work as equals with the 3's and 4's. A lot is expected of the 2's but the expectations are that you pay it forward and get yours later on.
Lifestyle
You will get killed in this program, no doubt about it. Trauma rotation and first two years are super busy, 5:45 to 7 or 8 pretty much everyday. Other rotations are not nearly as bad with a lot more free time depending on the surgeon.
Location / Housing
Philly is a great town, housing can be cheap and getting around is easy enough.
Limitations
Big program, lots of faculty changes though.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Fantastic rotations, worked my butt off but had a great time and learned a ton. City was great and close to NY and DC.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
September 2008
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