Dempsey S. Springfield, MD

Director's Corner
Dempsey S. Springfield, MD

HCORP successfully made it through our ACGME site visit last Spring. Diane Sheehan, Program Coordinator and Ronnie Price, her assistant, did an incredible job getting all the paper work together and having everything on hand for a stressful day. Fortunately, the program passed with flying colors and will not have to repeat this process for a few years.

Another successful academic year is complete. Each year it is a joy to see the graduating class. They came fresh from medical school with new medical knowledge but little skill and almost no confidence and leave with more knowledge, lots of skill (even though sometimes they do not realize it), and plenty of confidence. All of our graduates have gone to do at least a year of fellowship education. Arnold Alqueza and Andrea Bauer are doing fellowships at MGH in Hand. Christina Boulton and Manish Sethi are doing fellowships in Trauma at Shock Trauma in Baltimore and Vanderbilt in Nashville, respectively. Tim Crall, Courtney Dawson, Abigail Hamilton, and Albert Lin are doing fellowships in Sports at Taos Orthopaedic Institute, Hospital for Special Surgery, TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Minneapolis, and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively. Seth Jerabak and Darren Lebl will be at Hospital for Special Surgery doing fellowships in Arthroplasty and Spine, respectively. Nikki Fetter returns to Duke to do a fellowship in Foot and Ankle Surgery.

This was an excellent recruiting year for the PGY-1 class. More than 550 applications (the most ever) were received and from this group 75 were interviewed, all of whom were more than qualified. Four Harvard medical students and one each from Cornell, Yale, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Toledo, Hopkins, and Tulane matched. The matrix provided by the NRMP reveals that HCORP is above the 75th percentile (the highest percentile reported) for virtually all "characteristics of applicant" parameters they measure. It will be great to see them mature through the program. More than half the applicants who could have matched here but went elsewhere went to Duke, Hospital for Special Surgery, or Stanford. HCORP is in good company.

The residents as a group were in the 67th percentile for the OITE. This is excellent considering we do not "prep" for the OITE. The operative logs indicate that the residents are in the 50 percentile compared to orthopaedic residents across the country. This is ideal as it indicates residents are not doing too much or too little surgery.

The Goals and Objectives for all services have been revised so that each clinical rotation, regardless of the Institution, has identical, service specific Goals and Objectives. CORE has been revised and this coming academic year the PGY-2 and 3's will have their CORE separate from CORE for the PGY-4 and 5's. The two groups will alternate Wednesdays. The smaller numbers and more prescribed lecture topics should improve the educational experience. Don Bae, MD, Director of CORE will be evaluating the results of this change.

The Education Committee (Phil Blazar, Kevin Raskin, Arun Ramappa, Young-Jo Kim, and Kevin Roth - resident member) say good-bye to the graduating resident member Chris Boulton and look forward to her replacement, yet to be selected. The Education Committee plays an important role helping manage an increasingly complicated educational system.

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