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 children, hand, foot, spine, adults, fracture (adult & pediatric), multiple disabilities, myelodysplasia and scoliosis, adult reconstruction, and sports medicine.

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 General Sugery
1 Pediatric Surgery
1 Plastic Surgery
1 Anesthesiology
1 Neurological Surgery
1 Trauma Surgery
1 Musculoskeletal Radiology


PGY-2 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
4-5 General Orthopaedics
2-3 Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma
2 Basic Science/Oncology/Research
2 Pediatric Orthopaedics
2-3 Foot and Ankle


PGY-3 Schedule

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


PGY-4 Schedule

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


PGY-5 Schedule

Blocks Rotation
2-3 Major Joint Reconstruction/Bronson Administrative Chief
2 Sports/Bronson Administrative Chief
4-5 Orthopaedic Trauma/Bronson Trauma Chief
4-5 Hip Preservation/Borgess 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
  • Clinical Conference (Weekly)
  • Journal Club (Monthly)
Tuesday
  • Clinical Conference - Borgess (Weekly)
  • Morbidity & Mortality - Borgess (Monthly)
Wednesday
  • Basic Science, Bioskills, and Anatomy (Weekly)
  • Grand Rounds (Monthly)
Thursday
  • Clinical Conference - Bronson (Weekly)
  • Morbidity & Mortality - Bronson (Monthly)
Friday
  • MRI Conference – Bronson (Monthly)
  • Leadership/Business of Medicine – Bronson (Weekly)
Our didactic curriculum also includes: 
  • Curtis Hanson Visiting Professor Program (Annually)
  • E. Dennis Lyne Visiting Professor Program (Annually)
  • Visiting Professor Pathology Seminar (Annually)
  • AO Techniques Workshop for junior residents, sponsored by Synthes North America (Annually)