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.
What's the deal with this 6-year program, anyway?
Our program recently switched to a 6 year paradigm. Out there in the Orthopaedic World there are a few types of six year programs. Most people are familiar with the research year style, which our program used to have (1 spot/year). The design of our 6 year program is somewhat plastic at this point, and is going to be molded based on the desires of the residency class. Currently, the projected format will be to have a 6 year junior attending model, coupled with the ability to do research. The junior attending setup will be catered to the individual resident and what type of cases they would like to see / community trauma. The goal is to allow folks to operate with the parachute of an attending to lean on. This is similar to the Brown model.
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.
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This page was last updated: May 24, 2013