Curriculum

Our Orthopaedic Surgery residents benefit from a wealth of adult and pediatric orthopaedic experiences under the guidance and teaching of our faculty.

Together, we provide ample opportunities for primary responsibility of patient management and our active clinic service gives our residents broad exposure to orthopaedic care for both children and adults – hand, foot, fractures, orthopaedic trauma, joint reconstruction, spine, sports medicine, multiple congenital anomalies, myelodysplasia and scoliosis.

PGY-1 Schedule

Our first-year residents receive training that provides a solid foundation in a broad range of basic medical disciplines for the four years of approved training that will follow. 

Blocks Rotation
6 Orthopaedic Surgery
1 Acute Care Surgery
1 Anesthesiology
1 General Surgery
1 Musculoskeletal Radiology
1 Pediatric Surgery
1 Neurological Surgery
1 Trauma Surgery


PGY-2 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
2 Basic Science/Oncology/Research
2-3 Foot and Ankle
2 General Orthopaedics
2-3 Night Float
2 Pediatric Othopaedics
2-3 Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma


PGY-3 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
2-3 Foot and Ankle
2 Hand and Upper Extremity
2-3 Major Joint Reconstruction
2-3 Orthopaedic Trauma
2-3 Pediatric Orthopaedics
2 Shoulder and Arthroscopy


PGY-4 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
2-3 Adult and Pediatric Spine
1 Elective/Away Rotation
1-2 Hand and General Orthopaedics
2 Pediatric Orthopaedics
4-5 Shoulder
2 Sports


PGY-5 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
4-5 Hip Preservation/Borgess Administrative Chief
2-3 Major Joint Reconstruction/Bronson Administrative Chief
4-5 Orthopaedic Trauma/Bronson Trauma Chief
2 Sports/Bronson Administrative Chief


With the exception of a one-block elective period, our residents receive training at Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital and gain exposure to a variety of orthopaedics during each rotation in complementary experiences that reflect each hospital's strengths.

Borgess Medical Center has a Level II Trauma Center and offers strong exposure in joint reconstruction, spine, sports medicine, and foot surgery. Bronson Methodist Hospital has a Level I Trauma Center, an orthopaedic hand surgery group, and a large pediatric unit, including neonatal intensive care on campus, so rotations there are especially strong in trauma, hand surgery, and pediatric orthopaedics. Given the variety and volume of clinical material, approximately 30 percent of operative cases are performed without resident attendance, despite a large individual resident experience.

Concurrent teaching with rotations at regular intervals between the two hospitals allows patients to be followed during a four-year period. Continuity of care is emphasized in our large outpatient setting.

The Orthopaedic Surgery residency curriculum includes the principles of research design, methodology, biostatistics and analysis, and the ethical principles of clinical and translational research. Our faculty provide research mentorship with a wide variety of interests in the discipline, and also collaborate with faculty in other departments and programs. Most resident projects are presented at the annual Kalamazoo Community Medical and Health Sciences Research Day, which is the annual research day for the medical school. Many resident projects are also presented at other prestigious regional and national venues, and are published in peer-reviewed journals.

Didactics

Monday
  • Faculty Clinical Lecture (Weekly)
  • Journal Club (Monthly)
Tuesday
  • Clinical Conference (Weekly)
  • Morbidity & Mortality (Monthly)
  • Grand Rounds (Monthly)
Wednesday
  • Basic Science, Bioskills, and Anatomy (Weekly)
  • MRI Conference (Monthly)
Thursday
  • Morbidity & Mortality - Bronson (Monthly)
Our didactic curriculum also includes: 
  • E. Dennis Lyne Visiting Professor Program (Annually)
  • Visiting Professor Pathology Seminar (Annually)
  • AO Techniques Workshop for junior residents, sponsored by DePuy Synthes North America (Annually)