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Fellowship Program Name: Penn State University, College of Medicine
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Fellowship Director: J. Spence Reid MD
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Program Address: 500 University Dr
Mc H089, P.O. Box 850
Hershey, PA 17033-2360
Program Phone: (717) 531-4820
Fellowship Coordinator: Lynne Hamann
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Fellowship Coordinator Phone Number: (717) 531-4833
Fellowship Description: The Hershey Medical Center is the tertiary referral center for Level I trauma (both adult and pediatric) in the south-central region of Pennsylvania. Our trauma population is 96% blunt – and the penetrating trauma is usually high-energy hunting injuries. Three full-time helicopters are positioned throughout the region for the transport of injured patients. An extensive referral network for pelvis and acetabular fractures, as well as complex periarticular fractures and nonunions, has been established extending through the entire central corridor of Pennsylvania. Trauma exists as a separate division within the department of orthopedics. The two senior members of the trauma faculty have a combined 45 years of clinical experience and have been recognized within the institution for excellence in teaching. The senior faculty members are on the AO teaching faculty and Dr. Reid is also on the teaching faculty for the Ilizarov and Spatial frame techniques. Only one fellow will be accepted per year – yielding a very rich clinical experience in surgery of the pelvis and acetabulum / difficult periarticular and long bone fractures and post-traumatic fracture and infection problems. We are a core center for the department of defense sponsored METRC consortium (Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium) Extensive resources have been allocated for orthopedic trauma care at the Hershey Medical Center. The division has two dedicated operating rooms per day (with C-arms) and orthopedic-specific OR personnel in which to place urgent and elective cases. This flexibility allows non-urgent call cases to be easily scheduled when appropriate. The focus of this fellowship from the faculty perspective is teaching and clinical competency. There is a 3-hour weekly conference in which all pre and post-operative cases of the entire trauma division for the week are reviewed and discussed. An additional monthly journal club provides an opportunity for review and discussion of current literature. An extensive and well-funded orthopedic basic science laboratory is housed on the same floor as the trauma division. Biomechanical studies can be designed and executed with the aid of a Ph.D. biomechanical engineer. The fellow is expected to become involved in either an ongoing or original clinical or basic science research project during the year and produce a paper of publishable quality upon completion. To this end, a fracture and trauma database is in place and ongoing. The division of orthopedic trauma employs a full-time research assistant to facilitate the initiation and execution of clinical studies via IRB preparation and database management. Protected time for the trauma fellow to engage in research activities is integrated into the schedule. The Hershey area is relatively uncongested with a low cost of living. Most of the faculty live within 5 miles of the medical center. The town supports an impressive concert schedule and theater program (Hershey Theater). Outdoor activities such as road and mountain bike riding, running, fishing, hunting, and camping are abundant. New York and Philadelphia are easy to access via train or car. Baltimore and Washington are 1.5 and 2.5 hours away by car. This fellowship is intended to prepare an orthopedic surgeon for a career at a level one trauma center, either university or community-based. A significant level of experience and understanding of orthopedic trauma care is expected to have been achieved at the residency level. This fellowship is not intended to “round out” the clinical experience of a surgeon who was exposed to minimal trauma training as an orthopedic resident. Current research: 1. Genomics of Nonunions (OTA funded) 2. Biomechanics of Periprosthetic Fracture Fixation (industry-funded) 3. FIXIT, PAIN, VANCO, STREAM studies as part of METRC consortium 4. Natural History and Prevention of Trauma-Related Disuse Osteopenia
# of Trauma Fellows: 1
Fellowship Period: 1 year
Accrediting Agency: ACGME
# of Full-Time Faculty 4
# of Full Time Faculty - OTA Members 4
Trauma Center Level: Level 1 ACS Trauma Center
# of Yearly Orthopaedic Trauma Procedures 1100
# of Yearly Trauma Admissions (ISS>17) 500
# of Pelvic Fractures (27216-27218): 30
# of Acetabular Fractures (27226-27228): 50
# of Pilon Fractures (27826-27828): 40
# of Femoral Shaft Fractures (27506): 70