Resident Q&A

A few of us UM residents felt that it would be helpful for some of the applicants to hear a little about our program from the residents perspective. There are 1,000 different ways to slice and dice a residency program from academics, to operative experience to relationships with attendings, to what type of life style the residents live. We hope that this will shed some light on our program, and answer any questions that you have. We are doing this because we know how in the dark it seems when you are applying.

Are you guys a "Trauma Heavy" program. I mean, you are associated with Shock Trauma, right?

A frequently asked question about our residency involves our trauma experience. One of the privileges of our residency is to be coupled with Shock Trauma. Some people think however, that this entails that our residency is 'trauma heavy'. In fact, it's actually well balanced because our trauma experience is protected. When we are on 'Trauma' as a PGY-2,4,5, that's all we focus on. When not on trauma, the trauma cases do not overwhelm the daily operative schedule. We're very happy to be connected (literally) to Shock Trauma. It provides a valuable resource and experience with some of the more well known names in ortho trauma. The structure of the rotations are as follows: PGY-2, you act as a shadow to the PGY-4 oncall, seeing all of the new trauma consults that roll through the trauma bay. This is your only responsibility, and the senior resident is there to teach you with the ability to see some of the more rare things that you only read about. There is really nothing that we don't see at Shock Trauma. As a PGY4, you manage the patients and operate every day. The fellows/attendings walk you through cases, and then as a PGY-5 you act as a fellow.

Where do the residents live?

See Where we live in our residents section. Most of us live close to the medical center in downtown Baltimore.

What percentage of your residents are married?

12 out of 25 residents are married. A bunch of us single folk like to go out around town whenever we can!

Are you female friendly?

Our current chief class consists of three females and one male. Overall 25% of our residents are female, which is above the national average. Additionally, we have recently hired three new, full-time, female faculty.

General Information

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This page was last updated: September 11, 2014

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