John Peter Smith Hospital (Tarrant County Hospital District)

John Peter Smith Hospital (Tarrant County Hospital District)

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Fort Worth
State/Province
Texas

Program Information

Residents per class
4
John Peter Smith Hospital (Tarrant County Hospital District) Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0  (1)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0  (1)
Operating Experience 
 
10.0  (1)
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0  (1)
Research 
 
6.0  (1)
Residents 
 
10.0  (1)
Lifestyle 
 
10.0  (1)
Location 
 
10.0  (1)
Overall Experience 
 
10.0  (1)
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
9.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
6.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
10.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

Great program!

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Dr. Wagner (the PD) is amazing and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. The attendings are all resident-friendly and great resident advocates. They can be hands-off at times but I think it makes the residents more confident, better surgeons. Lichtman (the chair) seems somewhat hands-off because he seems to be busy doing things for different societies that he is a member of. Overall, attendings are a great strength (in my opinion)
Didactics / Teaching
Formal didactics occur one half-day per week. There is a lot of hands-on teaching in the operating room with was a big positive for me. You learn by doing instead of only reading about things. It is up to you to be self-motivated enough to learn your stuff. People might say that didactics are a weakness here, but I thought they were sufficient and the teaching in the operating room is top-notch.
Operating Experience
Probably among the best in the country. Residents are exposed to all subspecialties and operate very early. I know that a lot of programs claim that they operate early and often, but I know first-hand this place operates really early. Even during the 3 months of ortho as an intern, there are opportunities to get in the operating room. As a 2nd year, you "hit the ground running" and operate a ton and this continues throughout the residency. Definitely a HUGE positive about this program.
Clinic Experience
Resident run trauma clinic a couple half-days per week allows good follow-up care with patients that you operate on. Most people dread clinic but I found the structure of their clinic schedule (at least on trauma) to be better than a lot of places.
Research Opportunities
Research is not emphasized strongly here. If you are interested in doing a ton of research, this might not be the place for you. There are opportunities available and the residents do have research requirements, but this is not the focus of the program. For me, the research was adequate but then again, I wasn't looking for a program that was research-heavy.
Residents
Probably the biggest perk of this program. Residents are amazing and seem to be very satisfied with their decision to train there. They are able to have a life outside the hospital (and they actually encourage it) and it seems to make them happier. Compared to other programs, it seems like this place is female-friendly as well (there are currently 4 females out of 20 residents total). Residents seemed to get along very well which seems to make the working environment even more satisfying. I can't say enough about the quality of the residents.
Lifestyle
One of the better programs for lifestyle. You still work really hard but you are able to have a life. Many of the residents are married and some have kids. The 80-hour work week seems to be enforced pretty strictly but residents get the most out of their 80 hours.
Location / Housing
Housing seemed to be fairly affordable, especially compared to many other areas of the country. Fort Worth is a very nice, clean city with a lot of money in it from the old oil bigwigs. Dallas is just a short drive away for those who desire the really big city lifestyle. In my opinion, Fort Worth seemed to have all of the benefits of a big city but with a small city feel. Many residents rent but many own too. Affordable housing is available within about 15-20 minute drive. In summary, great location and affordable housing. The only downside is that I have heard Texas has ridiculous property taxes.
Limitations
Few if any that I saw. It was everything I wanted in a program. As I mentioned before, this is not the place for you if you want to publish 10 papers during your residency. I don't consider this a "limitation" but some people might.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Overall experience was the best of any places I saw. This program is not a "big name" program and many people don't know about it but I think they should. I found this to be the best overall program I saw along the interview/rotation trail. I think in the coming years, more and more people will come to know about this program because it is phenomenal in my humble (but perhaps biased) opinion.

Qualification

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