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.

Learn more about our education components:

Residency Experience


Teaching Conferences


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: 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.
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