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Discussion in 'Orthopaedic Surgery' started by ctmedman, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. ctmedman

    ctmedman 2+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    I'm just a few days at the end of my MSIII year and just recently decided to pursue a surgical type residency rather than internal medicine. I trying to get some expsosure to Ortho during my 1 week off before 4th yr and was told that I would be able to see only one service.

    Choices are: trauma, spine, foot & ankle or total joint

    Which one of these would you suggest? The only ortho type exposure I've gotten is an AKA revision done by GenSurg.

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  3. coastal

    coastal Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 20, 2003
    I would say trauma or joints. An elective in arthroplasty was what got me into ortho-big surgeries with saws-perfect. Once I got the saw in my hands on a total knee I was hooked. Trauma would have good variety but you will probably spend alot of time in the emerg. Try to avoid clinic for both trauma/joints-very boring.

    Spine keeners are a breed of their own. Most people don't really love it. Plus, you'll be craning your head to look into an itsy bitsy hole. Foot and ankle is interesting, but I'm a fan of the big surgeries.

    Best bet is to ask some of the ortho residents at your school.

  4. Ashers

    Ashers Bacteria? Don't exist. Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Apr 5, 2006
    Land of Entrapment
    Trauma. Generally busy, and if you help the team, the residents really like you. At my school, M4s generally get preference for the trauma service, and it's known that the trauma and sports/joints services are the busiest (and best for M4s going into ortho).

    I had trauma as an M3; it was my busiest but best month in clinicals so far.
  5. ddmo

    ddmo BMF 10+ Year Member

    Sep 8, 2003
    You'll get good exposure in trauma or joints as mentioned above. Good luck.

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