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John LanglandJohn Langland   August 28, 2007  
 
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City
Greenville
State/Province
South Carolina

Program Information

Residents per class
3
Greenville Hospital System Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0  (2)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0  (2)
Operating Experience 
 
9.5  (2)
Clinical Experience 
 
8.5  (2)
Research 
 
9.0  (2)
Residents 
 
9.5  (2)
Lifestyle 
 
10.0  (2)
Location 
 
10.0  (2)
Overall Experience 
 
9.5  (2)
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Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
8.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Review as an Intern

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Faculty is one of the highlights of this program. None of our staff are here because they want to do research and HAVE to teach. All of our attendings are at GHS because they enjoy teaching and it shows. The program director is now Dr. Scott Porter, the Orthopedic Oncologist at GHS. He is one of the leaders nationally pushing to innovate the way we select applicants for interviews and match Ortho residents. Beyond that, the Trauma attendings are led by Dr. Kyle Jeray who is a very well known name in the Orthopaedic Trauma community and beyond. Dr. Jeray is a great surgeon, teacher, and great advocate for the residents. The Trauma guys are all also great surgeons who are young, energetic, and enjoy teaching and being around the residents. GHS also is unique in that we have a Shriners Hospital where we do Pediatric Orthopaedics, so we are exposed to pathology seen few places in the US. We also have a group of attendings that do more general Pediatric Orthopaedics including our Assistant Director Dr. Chris Bray. The Hand group at GHS is also a highlight with at last count 8 attendings who are all busy, so there is a multitude of diverse cases to be covered. We also boast connections with Steadman Hawkins Clinic, one of the worldwide leaders in Sports Medicine, and Blue Ridge Orthopaedics who cares for Clemson's collegiate athletes. We also get great exposure to joints at Patewood Memorial, our hospital that is used nearly solely for Orthopaedic procedures, and busy rotations on Tumor, Foot/Ankle, and Spine at Greenville Memorial.
Didactics / Teaching
Teaching is done in various ways, but mostly at a daily conference after our AM Trauma checkout. We will have a different lecture each morning led by residents/fellows/attendings. They cover all of the subspecialties throughout each month. We also have a world class Anatomy lab at Steadman Hawkins where we do dissections at Anatomy Lab each month.
Operating Experience
Operative experience at this program is the highlight of the program. Many residents here will end up in the top 5-10% nationally in cases logged at the end of their 5 years without feeling like we need to log every reduction as a case or log a combo case as multiple procedures. This is a place that is volume heavy without being so much so that it consumes you.
Clinic Experience
The residents here go to clinic with attendings, but they also have their own clinic where non-insured patients are followed by the residents with attending oversight. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how to manage your patients/clinic in both an administrative role as well as being these patients' actual doctor. Not many programs will provide you with this type of opportunity for supervised autonomy to learn how to run a clinic. Also these clinics can present unique pathology as well as opportunities to add cases that are YOUR cases.
Research Opportunities
Research is not the focal point of this program, but it is very strong here nonetheless. Many of our attendings are accomplished physician scientists with impressive and known publications, and they are all interested in getting residents involved in research if you wish to do so. We also have a team of research staff that help residents and attendings with projects getting organized, enrolling patients, and moving toward publications. If you want to do great research, you certainly are more than set up to do so here.
Residents
This was by far what drew me to this program. We have a diverse blend of gender and ethnicities, and the chemistry between the residents here is great. This was really the only program I saw where ALL of the residents would hang out outside of the hospital. This also felt like a great atmosphere for my wife as well as many of the residents wives/significant others were great friends who remained friends after people moved off for fellowship. This residency is focused on the right fit more than the right candidate, and it shows in the chemistry that the residents have and the team mentality on every service. Everyone works hard, but everyone knows how to have fun as well.
Lifestyle
ifestyle in Greenville is fantastic. Perks of a bigger town without the hassle of traffic/etc. of a huge city. There will obviously be long hours, but there is plenty of time to get out of the hospital and enjoy Greenville. We are a destination for people who love to be outdoors and hike/fish/cycle/etc. There are also too many cool restaurants, bars, and coffee shops to count downtown. One of the best parts of this program is the mentality that we work hard, get everything done, work as a team, and then go home to our family/friends. This is not a program where we compete to see who can stay at the hospital the longest.
Location / Housing
This is one of the more affordable housing markets that I visited, and most of the residents own homes. I opted to rent to live downtown, and there are residents that live all over the city with most living near the hospital or east of town in similar neighborhoods.
Limitations
I would say the main limitations here are probably that we are not a major research powerhouse if that is what you want in a program and that we are not a massive academic institution with the name that people will mention on your residency diploma if that is what you are looking for as well.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
This is a unique program that produces great physicians that are well trained and well rounded. It is an operative heavy program with big city volume in a smaller place with a community feel that also provides a good academic experience as well. This is not a place that is going to focus as much on your scores/research/letters as much as who you are, how hard you work, how good of a teammate you will be, and how you fit in here. I think we are lucky to be training at one of the most uniquely excellent programs in the country.

Qualification

I am a current resident of this program.
Date of Rotation
Fall 2016
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
9.0
Clinical Experience 
 
8.0
Research 
 
10.0
Residents 
 
9.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

great SE community/academic program

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
attendings really interested in teaching. Dr. Bray has retired from operating and will likely retire from program director in next few years but he is an awesome guy. few, if any changes would be expected if/when he steps down.
Didactics / Teaching
residents led teaching lectures on many occasions. they have anatomy lab and all the essentialls. they have a great academic feel and teaching is along those lines.
Operating Experience
seemed pretty good based on my experience. there is enough trauma and joints and sports to go around, even given the addition of a joints fellow (possibly 1 in 2009 and 2 in 2010). there were rarely two residents scrubbed in a case except on trauma. also, they have a shriner's hosp along with the regular peds hosp so peds is definately a plus. they also have awesome trauma attendings and the whole steadman-hawkins sports so they have plenty of attendings to go around. the addition of joints fellows was viewed as a positive by some residents to offload some crazy revisions so the residents could focus on primary replacements while leaving the revisions to the fellows
Clinic Experience
they have a resident and attending clinic. most of the resident pts are indigents so i'm not sure they get a lot of experience managing private clnic pts, except the Steadman-Hawkins clinics but most of this is just shadowing and not real management by the residents
Research Opportunities
this is truely a commnity program with an academic feel. there is a good amount of research resources available and attendings that publish a good amt of papers so opportunities are there. i believe their requirement is one "publishable" paper during residency
Residents
overall, a very good bunch of guys and girls (2 in the class currently). they expanded 3-4 a couple years ago but in 2008 there was one female ms5 and one female intern. they weren't as close as residents in some other SE programs (see MCG and Chattanooga) but they definately stuck up for each other and got along great overall
Lifestyle
Greenville is a great place to live. several residents live bike ride distance from the hospital. they cover 3 hospitals around greenville (30 min drive to some) so there is that but overall it is a great SE town to live in. these are not hospitals to cover on call but rather clinic and OR time
Location / Housing
nearly all residents own a house. very affordable. go to zillow.com to check out a map with overlaid house pricing info.
Limitations
only limitation is that they have a reputation as being a numbers program (i.e GPA and step I score - maybe 250-260'ish). otherwise, seems like a program with a graeat faculty and a great hospital system.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
awesome place to rotate. free apartment, free food (cafeteria, subway and chick-fil-a). this is definately a community program with an academic feel. very cool residents. however, they do not have a SE bias, they have residents from all over the US - not just confined to the southeast. if you think you might be interested in sports, peds, joints or trauma, consider rotating here if you have the numbers

Qualification

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