Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

Mission Statement

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery is dedicated to inspiring students, residents, and faculty towards the discovery of the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and resources needed to deliver quality health care that is responsive to the general needs of the local community, as well as meeting the specialized needs of the world.

The Department is dedicated to creating a work environment which fosters creative, innovative ideas and results. We are detennined to provide comprehensive orthopedic medical and surgical care to a broad range of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Where we are at today

We have taken great strides to preserve our Orthopedic Heritage, while setting course for full recognition of the newly proposed Single Graduate Medical Education Accreditation System. We are now recognized as an osteopathic orthopedic residency program, supported through the Graduate Medical Education (GME) System of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center (UHCMC). Through a unilateral merger, we are now supported by a fully accredited Allopathic Orthopedic Residency Program. This alliance has greatly enhanced our didactics, clinical, and surgical experiences and with access to 23 new faculty members, opened opportunities to research and scholarly activity. This single accreditation system allows graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrates achievement of common milestones and competencies.

Orthopedic Residency Training Program

The primary objective of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Regional Program is to provide a well-balanced educational experience for our residents that will allow them to develop into knowledgeable, competent, compassionate, and ethical orthopedic surgeons. The program is structured to provide a broad exposure to all aspects or orthopedic surgery and provide graduated responsibility as residents gain more experience.

Balancing our clinical and surgical experiences is a comprehensive didactic schedule, aimed to cover all subspecialty areas. This experience includes daily Orthopedic In-Training Exams (OITE) review sessions, weekly grand rounds, attending lectures, and Friday afternoon “Ortho Conference.” We also engage in monthly Oncology lectures and journal clubs, and quarterly cadaveric dissection and study, Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) and Quality Improvement (QI) sessions.

Research opportunities are developed and guided through a Clinical Research Scholars Program and Lean Six Sigma Programs. Residents arc provided with abundant opportunities for scholarly activity by way of our primary sponsoring institute. University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center is a primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, a nationally recognized leader in medical research and education.

Michael A. Retino, DO

Program Director
Program Inception: 2009
Total Positions: 15
Positions/Year: 3/yr

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