Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Orthopaedic Surgery Residency focuses on the purposeful development of surgical skills, and residents have access to a high volume of cases across all specialties, where they first assist from intern year and progress with autonomy in the operating room based on their experience. The residency fosters a spirit of inquiry to provide the skills and habits required to critically evaluate the orthopaedic literature and participate in research. Development of strong clinical and surgical skills is coupled with an emphasis on providing compassionate patient care and mentorship.
Residents receive training in hospital, clinic, outpatient and office settings. Our teaching staff includes fellowship-trained surgeons in all specialties including trauma, hand, foot and ankle, total joint arthroplasty, spine, shoulder, sports, pediatric orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic oncology.
- Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Level I Trauma Center with approximately 110,00 emergency department visits per year and approximately 100 orthopaedic beds
- Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, Level 2 Trauma Center with a dedicated joint replacement center and approximately 100 orthopaedic beds
- Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center
- Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital, Level 2 Trauma Center with approximately 80 orthopaedic beds
A full didactic schedule includes monthly anatomy dissections, journal club, and surgical skills laboratory. Weekly Grand Rounds provide didactic lectures as well as a resident hour dedicated to the review of selected readings and preparation for the orthopaedic in-training examination. Attending-led conferences also occur at each hospital on a weekly basis. A quarterly basic science seminar rounds out the curriculum as does our guest lecture series featuring physicians from around the nation.
- Resident and attending lectures supplemented with guest lecturers
- Chief resident-guided reviews of trauma text and instructional course lectures
- Located in the orthopaedic residency’s cadaver and skills laboratory with a hands-on cadaveric dissection reviewing surgical approaches, osseous/neurovascular/muscular anatomy
- Curriculum includes musculoskeletal exam and surgical techniques
- 10 week course held before the in-training examination
For research support, the scholarly activity support team can assist you. The scholarly activity support team also offers biostatistics consultation, and poster preparation. Residents will be expected to submit their work for presentation at an institutional Research Day.
- All applications must come through the Electronic Residency Application Service
- USMLE Step 1: No cut-off, must pass on first attempt
- A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required
- Deadline for all applications is October 1
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