The MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Orthopaedic Surgery Residency is a five-year, ACGME-accredited, training program that accepts 4 resident trainees per year.
The PGY 1 year is spent under the management of the General Surgery Department. It includes 6 months of general orthopaedics/orthopaedic trauma split between MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where the resident is exposed to all aspects of orthopaedics, including trauma, joint replacement, spine, sports, and hand surgery. Call at MedStar Washington Hospital Center is in- house. With the recent restrictions to work hours in the PGY 1 year, the intern works on an alternating night float/day float system that includes primary call responsibilities. The remainder of the year includes rotations in general surgery, trauma, anesthesia , plastics, SICU, surgical skills and musculoskeletal radiology as per the requirements of the ABOS/ACGME.
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training
The four years of formal training in Orthopaedic Surgery include a graded experience at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and affiliated training hospitals. Each resident will spend 21 months at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital with rotations at the junior, senior, and Chief level. Each rotation is under the guidance of fellowship-trained subspecialists. Rotations are 3 months in duration and include: general/pediatric orthopaedics (PGY 2, PGY 5), foot and ankle (PGY 3), hand (PGY 3), adult joint reconstruction (PGY 4), sports medicine (PGY 4), and spine (PGY 4). Call at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is home call.
INOVA Fairfax Hospital is a busy, 833 bed, regional Level I trauma center that serves Northern Virginia and the DC metro area. There are 5 fellowship-trained orthopaedic traumatologists, making it one of the largest orthopaedic trauma centers in the country. Orthopaedic Surgery Residents on all rotations have ample exposure to orthopaedic trauma, in addition to a dedicated trauma rotation during the PGY 3 year. The 6 months as a PGY 2 and the 3 months as a PGY 5 include additional exposure to sports medicine and arthroscopy, total joint replacement, foot and ankle, hand surgery, and pediatric orthopaedics. This includes time spent at local surgery centers. Call is in-house and is every fifth night.
The MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the largest private hospital in the nation's capital. Like MedStar Georgetown, it is a member of MedStar Health. MedStar Washington Hospital Center is a 907 bed, active Level I trauma center that was recently ranked the #1 hospital in the Washington Metropolitan area. In addition to the 3 months spent during the PGY 1 year, the resident will rotate at MedStar Washington Hospital Center during the PGY 2 and PGY 5 years. In addition to 2 fellowship-trained orthopaedic traumatologists, this rotation offers exposure to sports medicine and arthroscopy, total joint replacement, hand and spine surgery.
During the PGY-3 year, each resident will spend three months at the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE (less than 2 hours from Washington; housing provided). This rotation provides an outstanding exposure to the subspecialty of pediatric orthopaedics and was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the country's "Best Children's Hospitals" for pediatric orthopaedics. An additional three months of training in pediatric orthopaedics is attained as a PGY 5 during a Chief rotation at Children's National Medical Center. Children's National is a 283 bed, Level I, pediatric hospital in the heart of Washington, DC next to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
In addition to these primary affiliate hospitals, each resident on the Orthopaedic Surgery residency will spend three months during the PGY 4 year working on a variety of clinical and basic science research projects. During the research rotation, each resident is expected to complete either a basic science or clinical research project of publishable quality. Clinical requirements during this rotation are minimal.