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Timothy Niacaris, MD
Transitioning From a Level II to Level I Trauma Center Increases Resident Patient Exposure.
J Foot Ankle Surg. 2017 Nov - Dec;56(6):1170-1172
Authors: Carpenter B, Levine L, Niacaris T, Suzuki S
Increased patient exposure has been shown to improve residency training as determined by better patient outcomes. The transition of John Peter Smith Hospital from a level II to a level I trauma center in 2009 provided a unique opportunity to investigate the direct effects of increased patient exposure on residency training in a relatively controlled setting. We evaluated the effect of the transition to a level I trauma center on residency training. In 2014, we examined the annual facility reports and separated the data into 2 groups: level II (2001 to 2008) and level I (2010 to 2013). The primary outcome measures were patient volume, surgical volume, patient acuity, and scholarly activity by the residents. The patient volume in all units increased significantly (p < .05 for all) after the transition to a level I center. The surgical volume increased significantly for the general surgery, orthopedics, and podiatry departments (p < .05 for all) but remained unchanged in the gynecology and oral maxillofacial surgery departments. The volume measures were performed on all 98 residents (100%). Patient acuity and scholarly activity increased by 17% and 52%, respectively; however, the differences in these data were not statistically significant. The scholarly activity per resident was measured for the orthopedic and podiatry departments. For those departments, the total number of residents was 30, and scholarly activity was measured for 100% of them. Overall, resident education improved when the hospital transitioned to a level I trauma center, although certain subspecialties benefited more than did others from this transition.
PMID: 28888403 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Midcarpal Instability: A Comprehensive Review and Update.
Hand Clin. 2015 Aug;31(3):487-93
Authors: Niacaris T, Ming BW, Lichtman DM
Midcarpal instability has been well described as a clinical entity but the pathokinematics and pathologic anatomy continue to be poorly understood. This article presents a comprehensive review of the existing knowledge and literature-based evidence for the diagnosis and management of the various entities comprising midcarpal instability. It discusses the limitations of the current understanding of midcarpal instability and proposes new directions for furthering knowledge of the causes and treatment of midcarpal instability and wrist pathomechanics in general.
PMID: 26205710 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Surgical Techniques for the Management of Midcarpal Instability.
J Wrist Surg. 2014 Aug;3(3):171-4
Authors: Ming BW, Niacaris T, Lichtman DM
Palmar midcarpal instability (PMCI) is an uncommon and poorly understood disorder. Its etiology is believed to be due to traumatic or congenital laxity of the ligaments (volar and dorsal) that stabilize the proximal row. This laxity results in hypermobility of the proximal carpal row and unphysiologic coupling of the midcarpal joint. Clinically, the condition is manifested by a painful clunk with ulnar and radial wrist deviation. The purpose of this article is to chronicle our personal experience with this condition and to review our current treatment recommendations and outcomes.
PMID: 27054049 [PubMed]