The Orthopedic Surgery Residency is a rigorous, five-year training program that will prepare residents to be leaders in the orthopedic community. Upon completion of this program, residents will have the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for the best fellowships available in their area of interest. It will also provide them with the ability to go directly into practice as well-trained orthopedic surgeons.
The Orthopedic Surgery Residency is primarily concentrated within St. Luke’s University Health Network. The only time residents will be off-site is for their pediatric orthopedic surgery rotation. This rotation is six months in length and takes place at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and potentially with 2 self-selected elective rotations.
Experience with all Subspecialties
Residents rotate through all subspecialties during the five year program, obtaining adequate exposure to all disciplines of orthopedic surgery. This provides a broad-based education and assists in career selection. Rotations occur in the form of preceptorships in which the residents are paired with and mentored 1 on 1 by attending physicians. Residents are given ample opportunity to be involved in both office hours and operating room procedures. In addition to this clinical training, residents participate in hands-on courses covering internal fixation, external fixation, joint reconstruction, cadaveric dissection, joint arthroscopy and saw bone model exercises. These courses are taught on the campus of St. Luke’s University Hospital – Bethlehem Campus and at the Venel Institute, a near by cadaveric facility. The first year of training is a traditional rotating internship that includes rotations in anesthesia and radiology, trauma surgery, trauma ICU, emergency medicine, and general surgery. During the second through fifth years, the rotations are in general orthopedics, trauma orthopedics, joint reconstruction, sports medicine, spine, foot and ankle surgery, hand surgery, and pediatric Orthopedics. The sports medicine experience includes caring for the college students at Moravian College and Lehigh University, as well as students at Easton Area High School, Freedom High School, Liberty High School, Marion Catholic High School, Notre Dame High School, Whitehall High School and Wilson Area High School.
Increasing Surgical Responsibilities
Residents are given increasing responsibilities as their surgical skills allow. St. Luke’s and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia together treat over 12,000 surgical orthopedic cases per year. This volume ensures that residents will have the opportunity to hone their surgical skills while being exposed to a diverse case load.
Mentoring Medical Students
Frequently, medical students from Temple/St. Luke’s School of Medicine, as well as Temple’s Main Campus and other medical schools rotate on the orthopedic service. Residents are encouraged to mentor these medical students as another element to their residency training.
Full Complement of Conferences
This program offers a full complement of conferences which include indications, morbidity and mortality, research, medical ethics, fracture, radiology, and anatomy conferences, as well as a daily residents' reading curriculum with case review sessions, ACGME general competency conferences, journal clubs, orthopedic grand rounds and visiting professorships. There are also regularly scheduled lectures in basic science and in pertinent clinical topics including musculoskeletal oncology.
Well-Rounded Education for Goal-Oriented Residents
The experience in St. Luke’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program is intended to be a concise, virtually self-contained educational experience that will provide a well rounded education and the potential for orthopedic residents to reach their personal goals for the future. This includes those who want to enter into general practice as well as individuals who wish to focus on a subspecialty and a fellowship. There is ample opportunity for clinical research and each resident will be encouraged to complete at least one refereed publication during the five year program. For those residents who are interested, there is also the potential to be involved in basic science research and biomechanical research with our Lehigh University collaboration.