What you can expect here are great cases, great teachers and the time to hone your skills without abandoning your personal life. The three trauma attendings are brilliant surgeons and terrific teachers. They are all AO faculty who know how to teach to your level and help you build on your knowledge and skills. I cannot say enough about their commitment to my education. They run trauma conference every day, pushing you to understand the subtleties of every injury so that you can formulate a comprehensive operative plan. They engage you in email chains for each case, preoperatively and postoperatively to ensure that you have an understanding of how they thought through a given case. They hold improptu individual case discussions with you, taking the time to draw out acetabular fractures on pelvic models to help you think through a complex case. Finally, in the operating room, they prioritized my education. I always scrubbed the most complex cases and was never asked to staff a second room while a more interesting case was under way.
Complementing these attendings, the complexity of the cases at University Hospital makes for a great fellowship year. My days were spent fixing difficult pelvic/acetabular injuries and smashed articular injuries rather than routine shaft fractures. Also, the case volume was not overwhelming. While having time to do plenty of cases, I also had sufficient time to plan for upcoming cases and reflect on cases after they had concluded. To me, this time was essential to my growth as a surgeon as it provided me the time to understand each surgery and figure out ways that I could improve in the future.
Lastly, this fellowship program is committed to maximizing your education and minimizing administrative tasks. This translates to a lot of operative time and minimal time spent on paperwork. Furthermore, it gave me time to have a child during fellowship and be an engaged father as well as an engaged fellow. I would highly recommend this trauma fellowship.