Review Detail

9.5 2 10
South Carolina August 28, 2007 11483
Best kept secret in the South
(Updated: December 10, 2011)
Overall rating
 
9.3
Staff Surgeons
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
10.0
Operating Experience
 
10.0
Clinical Experience
 
10.0
Research
 
8.0
Residents
 
9.0
Lifestyle
 
10.0
Location
 
7.0
Overall Experience
 
10.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
We have a small but devoted group of attendings; they are young enough to be well versed in new techniques but experienced enough to know what they are doing and step back and let you operate. One of our staff is currently serving as interim chair and is doing a fantastic job, but we are still searching for a new chair. The lengthy process has not been for lack of applicants, but our staff feel it's best (thankfully!) to keep looking until we find a chair that will fit with the personality of our program.
Didactics / Teaching
Conference every weekday at 6:30; OITE review weekly in the fall; alternate days for hand, spine, peds, trauma, ethics, tumor; (see our website for breakdown); preop conference on mondays, postop on fridays present an opportunity to present to the staff on a regular basis; each resident presents a grand rounds yearly.
Operating Experience
early and often. as a smaller program, we usually have only one resident on each service. as a junior you are preparing for cases and operating from the beginning; staff allow you to do as much in the case as is appropriate (and commensurate with your preparation) but you are rarely fighting off a chief (unless its a brachial plexus dissection or something..)
Clinic Experience
well, it's clinic. prison clinic monday mornings, resident clinic monday afternoons; usually 1 to 1 1/2 day of specialty clinic; the rest of the week is OR.
Research Opportunities
vastly improving. we just got funding for a research coordinator and she is completely awesome. we now have constant help with IRB, protocols, and keeping us on track for deadlines. she is very knowledgeable and in the short time she's been with us has already proven to be an amazing asset. while we will not likely be a research powerhouse anytime soon, our program is really trying to facilitate our efforts. that said, while there are annual requirements, if research isn't your thing you won't have it shoved down your throat.
Residents
great group. not terribly diverse, but not because we don't try. two women. mostly married, after this year mostly with kids. family situation is not a factor in our scrutiny of applicants, just the way it worked out.
Lifestyle
intern year is ridiculous. it doesn't get much easier. three months ortho service, 7 months ortho call; PGY2 year is rough (just like everywhere else) PGY3 is better. call is very front loaded, so chief years are pretty nice. no service call. trauma call year round. cover all hand; do not cover spine at all (except on spine rotation in Augusta)
Location / Housing
it is CHEAP to live in columbia. there are some nice areas, and since we are one of the highest paid programs in the country with one of the lowest costs of living, most residents have pretty nice houses.
Limitations
the size is both strength and weakness; research needs work. our spine rotation is expanding with a new local rotation with a great private guy in town; our peds is split as well with local and Shrine (greenville) rotations; we currently are trying to get everything covered in Columbia, so the away rotations may not be there forever, but for now that's the plan.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
i couldn't ask for a better residency experience; we have a great mix of private and university exposure; our operative experience is outstanding, and we match into some of the best fellowships in the country despite the fact that no one has heard of our program. i highly recommend applicants rotate with us (or any program you're interested in) because finding a place that fits your personality and how you learn makes all the difference in the world.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
2009
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