Residency Program

Case Western Reserve University offers a five or six year integrated orthopaedic residency program through separate match based at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. All residents utilize the staff and facilities of UH Cleveland Medical Center, including Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital; the Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center; MetroHealth Medical Center; and community facility, UH Ahuja Medical Center. All rotations take place at these hospitals in Cleveland, OH.

Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to accept six categorical orthopaedic surgery candidates each year. They are chosen through the matching program.

Applicants to our program have two match options. This includes our traditional five year track (4 residents per match) and a six year research track (2 residents per match). The six year track includes a protected year (The Allen Fellowship) between internship and the PGY–2 year to concentrate on research, free from clinical duties. Applicants may rank the two tracks in any order they please. The purpose of the separate matches is to give as much control to the applicant as possible, and to allow the applicant ample time to plan and prepare for the Allen Fellowship year.

The orthopaedic teaching staff consists of 30 full–time instructors distributed throughout the teaching institutions. In addition, eleven researchers, the Basic Science Faculty, collaborate as part of an active, closely integrated research program.

Clinical Rotations

The 5 years of clinical residency consist of the PGY–1 orthopaedic surgical internship and the orthopaedic resident rotations PGY–2 through PGY–5:

PGY–1

  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Joints 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Pediatric Orthopaedics 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Musculoskeletal Radiology 1 month
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Orthopaedic Surgical Skills (October)
  • MetroHealth Medical Center: Plastic Surgery 1 month
  • MetroHealth Medical Center: Orthopaedic Trauma 2 months
  • MetroHealth Medical Center: Trauma Surgery 1 month
  • MetroHealth Medical Center: SICU 1 month
  • MetroHealth Medical Center: PM&R 1 month

PGY–2

  • MetroHealth Medical Center: Adult Reconstruction/Trauma 4 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Adult Spine 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center (Rainbow): Pediatric Orthopaedics 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Sports/Shoulder 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Trauma (Night Float) 2 months

PGY–3

  • VA Medical Center: Adult Reconstruction/Sports Medicine/Hand 4 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Day Float/Trauma 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Hand and Upper Extremity 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Adult Foot/Ankle 2 months
  • MetroHealth Medical Center: Adult Reconstruction/Trauma 2 months

PGY–4

  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Adult Spine 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Musculoskeletal Oncology/Basic Science 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center (Rainbow): Pediatric Orthopaedics 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement 2 months
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Sports/Shoulder 2 months
  • MetroHealth Medical Center: Hand and Upper Extremity 2 months

PGY–5

  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Chief Resident 4 months
  • MetroHealth Medical Center: Chief Resident 4 months
  • VA Medical Center: Chief Resident 4 months

Basic Orthopaedic Course

  • All PGY–1 residents participate in the Basic Orthopaedic Course during the month of October, concordant with the musculoskeletal section of Case School of Medicine's curriculum. The Basic Orthopaedic Course is designed to provide residents, early in their training, with a foundation in orthopaedics.
  • During the course, the PGY–1 residents are relieved of all clinical responsibilities, including call.
  • Presented exclusively to the PGY–1 residents in daily seminars (by faculty and senior residents) are the principles of physical diagnosis, regional musculoskeletal examination, and orthopaedic pathology and radiology, along with courses on the development of psychomotor skills – including splinting, casting and traction techniques, the use and care of hand and power instruments, and internal fixation methods. Multiple sawbones activities are offered. Fresh frozen cadavers are provided for dissection with a focus on the musculoskeletal system and surgical approaches. Attendings provide additional instruction on surgical approaches on the cadavers. In addition, basic clinical statistics, basic research, principles and concepts, and current techniques of in vitro and in vivo orthopaedic research, are presented by the basic science faculty of the department.

Six Year Research Track: The Dudley P. Allen Fellowship

  • The residency offers two positions each year in a research track through a separate match, comprising of a six-year program that will incorporate one year of protected time to conduct basic science and/or clinical research. Four positions in the traditional five-year track are also available each year. Applicants are invited to rank the two tracks in their order of preference through the NRMP Residency Match.
  • The residents selected for the six-year research track will be awarded the prestigious Dudley P. Allen Fellowship between the first and second year of training. Residents are protected from clinical service during this year to focus on their research. At the same time, they continue to attend morning didactic lectures to maintain and develop their clinical knowledge. Allen Fellows are expected to design and perform experimental studies under the guidance of one or more faculty mentors in basic science and/or clinical fields. Allen Fellows routinely receive prominent national research grants, present at national and international conferences, and produce several first author publications during their year. Applicants with a significant interest in an academic career are encouraged to seek the research track.
  • Research is performed within the Department of Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, one of the pre-eminent centers in the world for musculoskeletal research. The department is endowed with world-class researchers working on cartilage and bone biology, tissue engineering, biomechanics, material science, functional anatomy, functional electrical stimulation, in addition to a number of clinical research interests.

Benefits

A full benefits package is available through Apex. All residents are eligible for the following: individual and family health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, and accidental death and long-term disability insurance. Investment and savings plans, including a 403B matched savings plan, are also available, and professional liability insurance is provided at no cost for residents.

Education Fund

Full-time orthopaedic residents receive three weeks of paid vacation each year. In addition to annual stipend compensation, residents receive a $1,000 annual educational stipend which must be used toward the purchase of textbooks, equipment, courses or other learning aids.

Academic Conference Attended

Residents are encouraged to attend national educational conferences, meetings and symposia throughout the course of their training. Graduate physicians selected for the optional research year will be invited to attend the annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Orthopaedic Research Society meetings that year, as are all PGY–4s. Residents who are presenting papers or studies may also attend. Chief residents are given an additional 5 days’ paid leave to attend a meeting or course of their choice.

  • Departmental Funds are available for all residents invited to present at conferences.
  • AO Basic Course – PGY–1
  • Akron Peds Course – PGY–2
  • Cutting Edge Hand Course – PGY–3
  • Tumor Conference – PGY–4
  • Review Course – PGY–5

Acting Interns/Visiting Student Elective Rotations

OBJECTIVE: To provide a broad exposure to orthopaedic conditions in children and adults, including an emphasis on trauma.

DESCRIPTION: This rotation affords students an exposure to a variety of musculoskeletal disorders, as the students rotate through 2 of 3 services (Pediatrics, Spine, or Sports) at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center--and spend 2 weeks at MetroHealth Medical Center, the major Level I trauma center for northern Ohio. Students will acquire knowledge and skills by observing and directly participating in the examination, evaluation, and surgical care of patients. There will be direct supervision by the attending orthopaedic surgeons and residents in the operating room and in clinics, floor rounds, conferences, and the emergency room.

DUTIES: Students will be expected to integrate into each team they join—on morning rounds, in the operating room, and in clinics. They will also prepare a brief presentation at the end of their rotation on an interesting case encountered during the rotation.

OFFERED: June, July, August, September, October

STUDENTS: Maximum of six medical students each month

PREREQUISITES: Completion of all clinical core rotations

APPLICATION: Apply via Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Registrar’s Office

For additional information, please contact:

JoAnn Laurent, Education Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University Hospitals of Cleveland
11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-5043
or 216-844-3233

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