Orthopedic 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 determined to provide comprehensive orthopedic medical and surgical care to a broad range of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Where We Are Today

We have taken great strides to preserve our osteopathic 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 System of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Through a unilateral merger, we are 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.

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 how to be a well-rounded, highly skilled and evidence-based community general orthopedic surgeon.

Goals for completion of residency include:

  • Develop and gain confidence in clinical skills 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 done through an organized, structured program. We believe in providing an emphasis on general orthopedics while still allowing exposure to academic and complex musculoskeletal disorders via exposure and integration with our allopathic 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.

As an osteopathic based program, 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. Practicing osteopathic medicine and staying true to osteopathic philosophy will continue to be a focus in all rotations throughout the five-year program. Residents will be required to complete an osteopathic research project during their intern year.

Rotations at our sponsoring institution are designed to advance skills necessary to be a competent and well rounded orthopedist as well as train residents how to manage the more complicated patient that does not typically stay in the rural hospitals. They will have specialty training in sports and joint reconstruction, which are the most common and necessary subspecialties a resident needs to be a generalist; but also be exposed to other aspects of orthopedics not readily available in community hospitals, such as orthopedic oncology and spine. Residents will spend time on the busy trauma/day call service as junior residents which will allow the resident to manage complicated patients on an inpatient service, triage and deliver care in the emergency room, and be exposed to research on an academic level.

We want our residents to have the highest quality possible training. To ensure this, out rotations will be provided for our residents in the areas of pediatric orthopedics and trauma. This includes a pediatric rotation at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and a trauma rotation at Chandler Regional Medical Center during the PGY-3 year.

Back to Top