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University of Vermont Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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2 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.1
Staff Surgeons
 
9.5(2)
Didactics/Teaching
 
9.5(2)
Operating Experience
 
9.0(2)
Clinical Experience
 
8.0(2)
Research
 
7.0(2)
Residents
 
9.5(2)
Lifestyle
 
10.0(2)
Location
 
9.5(2)
Overall Experience
 
9.5(2)
UVM Review
(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating
 
8.8
Staff Surgeons
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
10.0
Operating Experience
 
9.0
Clinical Experience
 
7.0
Research
 
6.0
Residents
 
9.0
Lifestyle
 
10.0
Location
 
10.0
Overall Experience
 
9.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Staff were great; very friendly and welcoming. Faculty were very approachable and always willing to teach. Everyone I encountered was very welcoming to medical students and proud to be at UVM.
Didactics / Teaching
This is a strong point of this program. There are daily didactic conferences (M-F) that are run by the senior residents. These could be intense, but the clear objective was learning and everyone embraced the process.
Operating Experience
I was impressed by the case volume here given that FAHC is less busy than many academic medical centers. Residents have plenty of operative work to do and most of the faculty are hands off. Seemed to be graduated responsibility for the juniors. Recon experience is lacking until chief year, BUT this is changing. Tumor is a combined rotation with Peds (Peds/Tumor attending on staff).
Clinic Experience
Clinic facilities are top notch. The OSC is fairly new and is very nice and modern. Residents seemed to skip clinic when there were cases going on, which seems pretty standard, but faculty taught a lot in clinic.
Research Opportunities
There are research blocks built into the curriculum but research is definitely not a focus of the program. Although I am not privy to all of the opportunities available, from what I observed there is plenty of work being done that residents can help with. My perception is that UVM is not a research powerhouse, but research is there if you're into that.
Residents
Another strong point of the program. All great guys and gal. Very cohesive group. Residents are together every morning for conference, clinics are all at the same location, and rotations are all at FAHC; all of these things bolster the cohesiveness of the group. All seemed to be very happy with their training and proud to be at UVM.
Lifestyle
Seemed to be better than at many programs. Summer months can be tough as there is a formal anatomy course in July-August, but even with that residents all seemed to be balanced people. Location is very conducive to outdoor activities, and residents all seemed to take advantage of their surroundings. Many residents are married and some have families as well. Program seems to be very supportive (aka 'family friendly'), and residents also spent time together outside of work.
Location / Housing
Burlington is beautiful and sandwiched between the green mountains and lake champlain. Very picturesque. Many residents own their own homes/condos, although they do admit that it is a bit on the pricier side.
Limitations
No glaring holes in training. I think the location could be limiting for some, but if you like more rural areas and outdoor lifestyles than this is a great place for you. Also, while not a research heavy program, residents get very impressive fellowships.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UVM. Great program, great location, great group of residents. All were proud to be at UVM and this really came through as a strength of the program. Also really like the cohesiveness of the residents, and the willingness of all to teach medical students. Great place!

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
Summer 2013
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Vermont
(Updated: October 23, 2007)
Overall rating
 
9.3
Staff Surgeons
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching
 
9.0
Operating Experience
 
9.0
Clinical Experience
 
9.0
Research
 
8.0
Residents
 
10.0
Lifestyle
 
10.0
Location
 
9.0
Overall Experience
 
10.0

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
The staff and faculty are all excellent. Every sub specialty is well represented except for tumor, which they are currently recruiting I think. Many attendings are on a first name basis with residents and Dr. Nichols, the chairman, could not be more personalble and a better role model.
Didactics / Teaching
The residents and attending constantly teach in a very friendly and benign manner. There is a set didactic schedule that usually includes a lecture everyday at 6:30am and grandrounds monthly--given by faculty, a visiting professor, or occasionally by residents.
Operating Experience
The residents operate early and often. I've seen chief residents do a DHS skin to skin in less than 20 minutes multiple times. The juniors are also quite competent and start operating intern year. The trauma load is probably not up to par with some of the city programs but it is a level I trauma center and has a huge catchment area. The residents are comfertable working within the 80 work week.
Clinic Experience
It's been said before--clinic is clinic. They are currently building a new outpatient/research facility (should be done this year) I believe. Also, residents can make money on the side by staffing a ski clinic at a local ski resort.
Research Opportunities
UVM's claim to fame has been their work on ACL injury prevention, treatment, and rehab, which has won several prestigous awards. Also, UVM has one of the world's largest database on ski injuries and is an internationally acclaimed for this work. Residents get dedicated time for research and are required to complete at least one project. They are also NIH funded--top 20-30 or so.
Residents
The residents are all very friendly, laid back and get along great. Most the residents complete fellowships. The residents library, called the "bone room" is where didactics take place and where the residents hang out between cases--it's got a big conference table, leather chairs, lockers, books, computers, and two big screen TVs. All the residents are male at the moment but they have had several female grads in the past. Most, but not all, the residents are married but are also fairly young, active, and fun to be around.
Lifestyle
For the outdoor enthusiast you can't beat it. There's not too many residencies where you can operate all day and then ride you bike to sweet mountain biking trails, kayak or sail on a fantastic lake, and be less than an hour away from half a dozen world class ski resorts. Burlington, has a cool downtown with a pedestrian mall full of bars and restaurants. Also, Montreal is 1.5 hours away and Boston 3.5. Housing is way cheaper than a bigger city but probably a little more expensive than the midwest. It's a very family friendly place but also good for singles who prefer pubs to clubs.
Location / Housing
Either a huge positive or negative depending on what you like to do. Burlington, VT is probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever lived. It's sandwiched between the green mountains and the adirondacks and is located on a hill over looking the enormous lake champlain. It's often been called the Boulder, CO of the East and has been ranked by outdoor magazine as a top outdoor town mutliple times. Spring, Summer, and Fall are all beautiful with Winter being on the cold side with a bunch of snow (great for skiing!)
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
My experience as a sub-I at UVM was top notch. The residents, faculty, and staff are all superb--without exception. I will definitely rank this place highly if not #1. I would absolutely recommend checking it out.

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I rotated as a medical student at this program
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8.8
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