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A conversation with an exceptional TCOM alum

Fri, Mar 22, 2013

Education

Luedke coltonAs a resident in orthopaedic surgery at Fort Worth’s JPS Hospital, Colten Luedke, DO (TCOM ’10) is pretty unflappable. But the Bellville, Texas native was shocked to find out he’d scored in the 100th percentile on the annual Orthopaedic In-Training Examination, administered by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Who scores 100 percent? Everybody wants his or her physician to be knowledgeable, but wow!

“That’s exactly what I thought: Wow! I studied quite a bit, but I believe that every other person in my program is just as capable as myself. I guess I had more lucky guesses that day! Honestly, it’s a great achievement but there’s a lot more to being a great surgeon and that’s what I’m shooting for.”

How did you prepare?

“The test covers every aspect of the field, including areas such as sports medicine, trauma, joint replacements, spine, pediatric orthopedics and so on. There are a number of things I did to prepare for the exam. First and foremost, when you prepare for surgery, you’re preparing for the test as well, although the stakes are much higher. Second, we have a big AAOS review book that weighs about 10 pounds, and I read sections during each three-month rotation, in addition to asking a ton of questions.”

What attracted you to TCOM?

“It felt most like home to me. Everyone was and is so welcoming, and I have to single out Lynn Scott in Admissions, she’s the sweetest person there is. I always felt that the people at TCOM had my back and would reach out in a second to help. I definitely made the right choice as TCOM does a great job of preparing students not only for board exams but for the how and why of being a physician. That’s just as important, if not more so, than any test.”

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