Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Header 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.

 

For Applicants

Our goal is to provide excellent education to develop medical students with great potential into outstanding orthopaedic surgeons who will become an asset to their patients, communities and profession. Education is not a passive process, and we strive to have residents work with the most accomplished faculty from a teaching and mentoring standpoint so that over the course of five years every resident develops the knowledge base and technical skills necessary to achieve board certification in orthopaedic surgery and be competitive for any fellowship or job opportunity pursued.
Our program focuses on the purposeful development of surgical skills. Residents have access to a high volume of cases across all specialties where they first assist from internship year and progress with autonomy in the operating room based on the experience of the resident so that proficiency and independence are achieved on core procedures by the chief year. A new state-of-the-art haptic guided arthroscopy simulator allows resident to develop surgical skills before they enter the operating room. The residency fosters a spirit of inquiry to provide the skills and habits required to critically evaluate the orthopaedic literature and participate in research. The development of strong clinical and surgical skills is coupled with an emphasis on providing compassionate patient care and mentorship.
Our 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. The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program covers four hospitals in Grand Rapids, Michigan:
  • 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
  • Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital, Level 2 trauma center with approximately 80 orthopaedic beds
  • Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center
The orthopaedic residency program has consistently scored amongst all programs in the top tenth percentile of the National Orthopaedic In-Training Examination for the past five years and our pass rate for the boards during that time has been 100 percent. Graduates of the program are expected to be competent in the care of primary orthopaedic problems, and technically proficient at surgery. Historically, this residency has produced competitive candidates that have gone on to receive fellowship training in a variety of subspecialties.
Each rotation is tailored for the resident’s level of training. The PGY2-PGY5 rotations consist of 10 week blocks. They allow the resident to get an in depth approach to different subspecialties. The length of the rotations allow both residents and attendings to become comfortable with each other’s learning and teaching styles as well as give residents the opportunity to have increased surgical participation and autonomy.

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.
Weekly Rotation-Specific Conferences
Weekly Grand Rounds 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Wednesdays
  • Resident and attending lectures supplemented with guest lecturers
Weekly Resident Hour 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesdays
  • Chief resident-guided reviews of trauma text and instructional course lectures
Monthly Anatomy Lab
  • Located in the orthopaedic residency’s cadaver and skills laboratory with a hands-on cadaveric dissection reviewing surgical approaches, osseous/neurovascular/muscular anatomy
Monthly Journal Club
Monthly Skills Lab
  • Curriculum includes musculoskeletal exam and surgical techniques
Basic Science Lecture Series
Quarterly videoconference with guest speakers
Orthopaedic Pathology review
  • 10 week course held before the in-training examination
Annual Alumni Conference
Research
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

For more information on our program, contact Becky Hoebeke, program coordinator.

Spectrum Health provides a comprehensive and very competitive benefits package for our residents, staff and their families. In addition, our program provides educational monies to support your ongoing education. Download our salary and benefits document to learn more.

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