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Brown University Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.5
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.7  (3)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.7  (3)
Operating Experience 
 
10.0  (3)
Clinical Experience 
 
9.3  (3)
Research 
 
9.7  (3)
Residents 
 
10.0  (3)
Lifestyle 
 
8.3  (3)
Location 
 
9.0  (3)
Overall Experience 
 
9.7  (3)
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(Updated: December 10, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
9.3
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
9.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
9.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

Brown/RIH Away Rotation

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
The staff at Brown is amazing. The Chair, Dr Erhlich is very old school, but he is awesome and wants to make the best residents he can. He is very personable and approachable. He's very willing to help get funding for any resident research project. The two trauma attendings, Dr Born and Dr Hayda are amazing surgeons and my week on trauma was great. Learned a lot about the finer points of surgery that get's stressed during the Super Chief year (trauma fellows). Dr DiGiovanni, Foot and Ankle, was one of the best part of my rotation, even got me thinking I like foot and ankle! The entire Hand staff, Dr Weiss, Dr Akleman, Dr DaSilva, and Dr Katarincic we're very willing to teach in the OR, and clinic.
Didactics / Teaching
Formal Boards presented by the PIT/Trauma PGY2 and on call PGY2 every nearly every morning can be stressful for them, but I think it makes them better residents and there are always good teaching points from the fellows, senior residents, and attendings. There is some type of conference most mornings and twice a week breakfast with the chair for pedi teaching session.
Operating Experience
Awesome, even with the 6 trauma fellows, 2 hand fellows, foot and ankle fellow, spine fellow, and sports fellow. In fact, I think the fellows allow for more cases/volume which means more for the residents (especially on trauma). OR time starts during the PGY2 year. And the 6th year is so valuable, it seems worth it. I saw the just finishing trauma fellows and the new incoming fellows and you could see the difference that one year makes.
Clinic Experience
Standard. Some is like shadowning, others are resident run and operated. And residents manage their own patients from the clinic.
Research Opportunities
There are blocks of time specifically for research and from what people told me there is lots of money floating around. They also have a killer research facility so I am told.
Residents
A great group of residents. No bad apples, everyone gets along well. The culture is interesting...they are all perfectionist who will rag on each other for near perfect casts or near reductions because it's not perfect. That being said it's in good fun and aimed at making each other better which it appears to do. The residents are always willing to help each other out. About 2/3 of them are married or engaged.
Lifestyle
Trauma is a tough 2 months I suspect, but also has a great step learning curve. They also have 'power weekends' and triple treat (on call with hand and spine coverage) that sound rough, but then they have a full weekend off too so it appears worth it to me. Didn't see any burn out and everyone appeared to have a life outside of the hospital.
Location / Housing
Providence is a pretty decent sized city. Lots of nice bars/restaurants. About an hour to Boston without traffic, and 4 hours to NYC. Lots of beaches nearby and a brief drive to the Cape or skiing areas.
Limitations
The 6th year if you are not willing to commit, but I'm thinking it's well worth it.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I will likely rank this program very high and feel it will be my measuring bar when I go on other rotations. Looking forward to go back for my interview.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
July 7, 2009 to July 31, 2009
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
8.0
Location 
 
8.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Brown Orthopaedics

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
A great faculty, from top to bottom. Many are well known, but more importantly, almost all are wonderful teachers and great mentors. Under Dr. Ehrlich's direction, this has truly become a program to envy. The new energy of Dr. DiGiovanni as PD can only make things even better. There are a few 'personalities' on staff, but every program has those guys.
Didactics / Teaching
A very strong, consistent, comprehensive program from what I saw. Daily conferences of various types, attending run, not residents teaching residents. Basic science on 2 year rotational curriculum.
Operating Experience
Very strong to begin with, but adding the 6th year likely makes these residents some of the most technically skilled going into their careers. Plenty of OR time and staff support at Rhode Island Hospital, the VA, and the Miriam hospital.
Clinic Experience
Good variety of hospital sites, patient populations. Clinic time with attendings is great and the residents periodically work their clinic as well.
Research Opportunities
One of the great strengths of this program. Lots of grant money, staff, and beautiful laboratory facilities make this a great strength.
Residents
A wonderful group, fun, good mix of people from top to bottom. Team oriented- they really help eachother out.
Lifestyle
One area of somewhat deficiency. Schedule can be really tough (although I acknowledge that this is ortho). Gen surg time is pretty awful during intern year.
Location / Housing
Providence is certainly underrated. Very easy to get around, tons of bars, restaurants, and shops around. Newport is easy to get to. Not far to Boston, the Cape, or New York. That being said, I personally would like to see something else, I've had a great time here though!
Limitations
The 6th year. Both a blessing and a curse. I think some people categorically exclude Brown from their program search because of that, and its a mistake. This is truly a top notch program, and you will come out of here with the ability and credentials to do anything...
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
As a med student rotator, it was great. 4 weeks, for services: Trauma, Adult Recon, Hand, and Peds. You get to see a lot of faces and get a good feel for many residents and attendings. Residents definitely include you with the team and help you learn and succeed, not destroy you.<br />
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As an overall impression: Brown really has a great thing going here. From top to bottom, it is hard to find flaws in this program. Great group, great faculty, good teaching, training and facilities. I urge future applicants to strongly consider this program for their training...

Qualification

I am a medical student at this school.
Date of Rotation
Spring '08
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
9.9
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
9.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

Brown Orthopaedics: a world class training program

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Chairman: Ehrlich is a legend. He is a dedicated chairman, and is still very actively involved in the department. He lectures twice a week at resident breakfast rounds, and is hilarious. He has serious orthopaedic and funding connections that he's not afriad to use them to help out the residents. Dr. DiGiovanni is the new program director. He is a young, motivated leader who will be good for the residency program. There a well-known attendings in every specialty, most of them are good teachers/mentors.
Didactics / Teaching
Good lectures. Hands on work shops. Residents travel to multiple courses. Lectures/OITE prep is comperable to other big name programs.
Operating Experience
Top notch. The 6th year likely makes these residents better with their hands than those coming from any other program-it just takes an extra year to get there! The 6th year is a trauma fellowship/junior attending year with a high volume of cases, many of them complex/high energy trauma. The operative experience is solid beginning in the 2nd year.
Clinic Experience
Residents rotate through Hasbro Childrens Hospital, the VA, a community hospital (Miriam), and Rhode Island Hospital, getting a great variety of clinical and operative experience at all of them.
Research Opportunities
Tremendous funding opportunity, world class research facilities (new very large lab being built currently), significant research rotation time during the 4 and 5 year, and some great attendings to help get projects going. They got the COBRE Grant (5yr/$11 million grant). The resident research has been very impressive over the last few years.
Residents
Great group dynamic. Fun and motivated residents, work together really well. A good mix of married and single. All help eachother out a lot. Residents have conference together daily, and are a tight group.
Lifestyle
The call schedule can be grueling at times, and the work is especially hard during trauma rotations, but it is pretty nice in general overall. The iternship is mainly general surgery and is hard compared to soem other programs, but is getting better in terms of call schedule and malignancy as compared to how it used to be. The upper levels have a relatively nice schedule. The fact is that residents here work really hard, but that is true at almost every program.
Location / Housing
Providence is a great city: lots of outdoor activities, Boston is less than an hour away, skiing in 3 hours away, NYC is 3 hours away, there is a low cost of living (for the East Coast), reasonable nightlife, good schools for kids, minimal traffic, etc
Limitations
If you just have to be out of residency in 5 years, then this place isn't for you.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
This is a top notch program. ~%50 of residents end up in academics, and the guys coming out of this program are likely the best trained in the country, largely due to the fellowship year. There is also an international rotation that just formed, with a resident heading to Africa this year, with lots of funding for anyone interested in internation orthopaedics.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
11/08
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