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Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Mission Statement

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery is dedicated to inspiring students, residents and faculty members to provide the finest orthopedic care for our patients. We maintain a work environment which fosters teamwork, intellectual curiosity, and personal responsibility. Our graduates are highly skilled, compassionate doctors, capable of treating all orthopedic conditions.

Where We Are Today

We are now sponsored through the graduate medical education system of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center a fully accredited orthopedic residency program. This alliance has greatly enhanced our didactics, clinical and surgical experiences. With an additional 23 new faculty members, we enjoy new opportunities for research and scholarly activity. We take great pride in also maintaining our osteopathic heritage.

Orthopedic Residency Training Program Overview

The five-year orthopedic surgery residency program is developed to prepare physicians for the independent practice of clinical orthopedics with an emphasis on training residents to be well-rounded, highly skilled, evidence based community general orthopedic surgeons.

Goals for completion of residency include:

  • Develop and gain proficiency in all fields of orthopedic surgery
  • Practice compassionate patient care
  • Achieve professional competencies
  • Acquire a broad depth of medical knowledge
  • Participate in scholarly activity through research and interactive educational sessions

This will be accomplished through a well- organized, structured program. We believe in providing an emphasis on general orthopedics while still allowing exposure to academic and complex musculoskeletal disorders via integration with our counterparts at UH Cleveland Medical Center. Residents will provide outstanding patient care and lead peers and medical students by example. Scholarly activity is promoted through basic science and clinical research, as well as an extensive didactic and interactive curriculum. Residents will enjoy an increased level of responsibility as they progress through the training program. Senior residents are treated as junior colleagues and are expected to assist with administrative and teaching duties.

The majority of rotations will be based in rural community hospitals and have a heavy emphasis on understanding both operative and non-operative general orthopedics,( basic reconstruction, arthroscopy, foot and ankle, and hand\upper extremity) We highly encourage residents to become involved in community based research and scholarly projects. Preserving our osteopathic heritage will be a focus in all rotations throughout the 5 year program. The resident will be required to complete an osteopathic research project during their intern year.

Rotations at our sponsoring institution are designed to provide exposure to tertiary orthopedics as well as broad exposure to all orthopedic subspecialties, including spine and orthopedic oncology. Residents will spend time on the busy trauma\day call services as junior residents learning to manage complicated patients on the inpatient service, triage and deliver care in the emergency room, and be exposed to research at an academic level. Residents rotate through Cincinnati Children’s Hospital during their third year. There is also an elective opportunity to rotate through a busy trauma service at Chandler Medical Center in Arizona during the third year.