Residency

Hands-on Lab Training

Dear Prospective Applicant:
Thank you for your interest in the orthopaedic surgery residency program at the University of Michigan.

Orthopaedic surgery is one of the most exciting and dynamic specialties in medicine today. Patients rely on orthopaedic surgeons to help them maintain or restore musculoskeletal function, which is key to a person’s health and well-being. Orthopaedists interact with patients throughout their lives, ranging from pediatric patients to geriatrics, from minor fractures or sprains to life saving cancer surgery. This diversity of practice puts orthopaedic surgeons in a unique and satisfying position of providing care that impacts many aspects of a person’s overall quality of life throughout the lifespan. It also provides a wide variety of practice opportunities from which the orthopaedic practioner may choose.

Our orthopaedic surgery residency is an ACGME approved, 5-year program that covers the scope of musculoskeletal medicine and surgery, providing a solid foundation for competent, well-educated orthopaedic surgeons. The program includes ample opportunities for clinical medicine, surgery, and research as well as the opportunity for personal growth and leadership.

The PGY-I year includes 3 months of general surgery, 6 months of orthopaedic surgery, and rotations in anesthesia and musculoskeletal radiology.

At the beginning of the PGY-II year, the residents are in orthopaedic surgery full time. The University subspecialty-based rotations include trauma, adult reconstruction (total joints), pediatric orthopaedics, spine, hand/upper extremity, and sports medicine as well as seeing patients at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. Additionally, residents rotate during each PGY year to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, our affiliate, where they work with community based orthopaedic surgeons.

PGY-III rotations include hand and upper extremity, trauma, foot and ankle, pediatric orthopaedics, and sports medicine. Residents also have a dedicated 6 week research block during this year. The goal of resident research is to provide residents with the opportunity to develop a greater understanding of the scientific literature and participate in the advancement of orthopaedic science. Resident papers are often published in notable journals, such as the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma,and Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics.

PGY-IV rotations include tumor, adult reconstruction (total joints), pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, and spine. PGY-V rotations include hand and upper extremity, trauma, adult reconstruction (total joints), pediatric orthopaedics, and sports medicine as well as seeing patients at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

PGY-V rotations include hand and upper extremity, trauma, adult reconstruction (total joints), pediatric orthopaedics, and sports medicine as well as seeing patients at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

If you are interested in our program or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Contact for more information:

Kelly Fearer
Residency Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
The University of Michigan
1500 E. Medical Center Dr., TC2912
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-5328
Tel: 734-232-6343
Fax: 734-647-3125
E-mail: kfearer@umich.edu

 

Professor and Residency Program Director