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.