Residency Program

Case Western Reserve University offers a five or six year integrated orthopaedic residency program 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 the outpatient facility, University Suburban Health Center.

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.

The orthopaedic teaching staff consists of 31 full–time instructors distributed throughout the teaching institutions. In addition, eight 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: Plastic Surgery 1 month
  • UH Cleveland Medical Center: Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Orthopaedic Surgical Skills (October)
  • 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: Adult Reconstruction 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, and they serve as anatomy instructors for the 2nd year medical students. In addition, these residents attend many of the same lectures as students.

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. Attendings provide additional instruction on surgical approaches on the cadavers. In addition, basic principles and concepts, as well as current techniques of in vitro and in vivo orthopaedic research, are presented by the basic science faculty of the department.

Basic Science Rotation

During the PGY–4 year, each resident spends a 2–month rotation reviewing the basic science of orthopaedic pathology. Much of this time is spent learning the histology and radiology of musculoskeletal oncology and pathologic diseases. Simultaneously, the resident rotates on the musculoskeletal tumor service, providing clinical correlation.

Microsurgery Laboratory

During the PGY–3 hand rotation, residents participate once weekly in developing microsurgical skills at the UH microsurgery lab.

Research Year Option: The Allen Fellowship

The Department of Orthopaedics at Case School of Medicine is one of the pre–eminent centers in the world for groundbreaking discoveries in musculoskeletal research. Each academic year, two residents will be awarded Allen Research Fellowships, allowing them to spend 12 months in one of our nationally recognized musculoskeletal research laboratories. The basic–science research fellowship takes place following the 12 months of orthopaedic internship and before the 48 months of orthopaedic residency. Residents with a significant academic career interest in orthopaedic surgery are encouraged to seek the optional research year of the fellowship.

The department is endowed with world–class researchers working on cartilage and bone biology, tissue engineering, biomechanics, functional anatomy, and functional electrical stimulation. The success of these endeavors is highlighted by the fact that many times the department has been ranked number one in funding by the National Institutes of Health among all orthopaedic departments.

The content of the year for the Allen Fellow in our department is determined primarily by the interests of the individual resident. Applicants are encouraged to note their interest for an Allen Research Fellowship during the residency application process. During the summer and fall of the internship year, the interested residents are invited to several dinners and seminars to become acquainted with the opportunities available in the Allen Fellowship program. Later in the internship year, the next Allen Fellows are announced.

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