Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
The orthopaedic surgery residency at Spectrum Health, in partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 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 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.
From the Program Director
As program director for the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, I want to introduce you to our program. Our residency program is one of the oldest in the nation with its inception dating back to 1933. We currently train five residents per year and have over 50 dedicated faculty with specialty training in all areas of orthopaedics covering a large clinical volume of patients as a regional referral center. Our residents enjoy training at state of the art facilities covering four major hospitals, appreciate the partnership with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and live in a smaller, vibrant Midwest city close to the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan.
Residents enjoy a healthy quality of life outside of work and I recognize the importance of work-life balance to avoid burnout, which is a serious risk of our profession. Many residents have families and the comradery and social support within the program is an important part of our team chemistry. Your fellow residents will become some of your best friends and lifelong colleagues. Our residents and faculty are the heart of the program and of which I am most proud.
Our residency leadership strives to ensure every resident purposefully develops the knowledge base and more importantly surgical skills necessary for success. In addition to learning how to operate, an important emphasis is placed on why and when to operate, and how to incorporate evidenced-based medicine into practice.
If you train at Spectrum Health, I will expect much over your five years of residency and no doubt you will be challenged and will work hard. In return, you will have my absolute commitment to your education and that commitment does not end after completion of residency.
Karl C. Roberts, MD
Education is not a passive process. We strive to have residents work with our most accomplished faculty, many are alumni of this residency program. We employ a mentorship model of education and there is an expectation that our residents to have a strong commitment to their training with focus, integrity, and professionalism. The faculty are also expected to meet requirements as dedicated educators.The teaching staff includes fellowship-training surgeons in all specialties including trauma, hand, foot & ankle, total joint arthroplasty, spine, shoulder, sports, pediatric orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic oncology.
Our program focuses on the purposeful development of surgical skills. Residents get early access to operative experiences and first-assist during the majority of residency training with progressive autonomy in the operating room. In addition to a high volume surgical experience, we have a simulation surgery program, including a state of the art arthroscopy simulator where residents can refine motor skills outside of the operating room. All residents meet their required case minimums for graduation well before the end of their training.
Residents receive training in hospital, clinic, outpatient and office settings. The program rotates at four Grand Rapids hospitals:
- Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital - Level I Trauma Center with 110,00 emergency department visits per year and approximately 100 orthopaedic beds
- Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital - Level 2 Trauma Center with 40,00 emergency department visits per year , 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
Our full didactic schedule includes:
- Grand Rounds - Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Lectures provided by attendings, residents or visiting professors
- Resident Hour - Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. - Chief resident-guided reviews of trauma text and instructional course lectures - Weekly rotation-specific conferences (attending-led)
- Anatomy Lab - Bi-monthly, Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Located in the Michigan State University-CHM lab - Hands-on cadaveric dissection, reviewing surgical approaches and osseous/neurovascular/muscular anatomy
- Monthly Journal Clubs & Skills Labs
- Annual Conference Series - John T. Hodgen Memorial Lecture - George T. Aitken Annual Alumni Conference - Bi-Annual Wellness Sessions
Every year we invite nationally recognized guest speakers to complement our grand rounds didactic lectures. These speakers have included nationally recognized physicians and non-clinical experts who are thought leaders and innovators. We have an annual memorial lecture dedicated to Dr. John T. Hodgen, who established the roots of our program in 1933. We have been fortunate to host distinguished speakers including Nobel laureates, a 4-Star General and NASA astronaut, the CEO of a major fortune 500 company and many others. Click here to view the full list of our visiting professors and honorable guest speakers.
Our program has consistently scored among all programs in the top tenth percentile of the AAOS In-Training Exam for the past five years and our pass rate for the ABOS board certification during that time has been 100%. 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.
- 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 November 1, 2020
For more information on our program, contact Becky Hoebeke, program coordinator.
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