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 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 and includes primary call responsibilities. The remainder of the year includes rotations in general & transplant surgery, trauma, SICU, surgical skills, plastic & reconstructive surgery, and musculoskeletal radiology as per the requirements of the ABOS/ACGME.
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training
Training years PGY 2-5 include a graded experience at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and affiliated training hospitals. Each resident spends 21 months at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, ranked the #1 hospital in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region by U.S. News & World Report, 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: foot and ankle (PGY 2), hand (PGY 3), spine (PGY 3), adult joint reconstruction (PGY 2 & 4), sports medicine (PGY 4), and general/pediatric orthopaedics (PGY 5). 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 have ample exposure to orthopaedic trauma on all rotations, in addition to a dedicated trauma rotation during the PGY 4 year. The 3 months each as a PGY 2 and PGY3, in addition to 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. 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. In addition to the 3 months spent during the PGY 1 year, residents 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 spends 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 4 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 spends three months during the PGY 5 year at MedStar Montgomery Medical Center and INOVA Mount Vernon Hospital focusing on “community” orthopaedics in preparation for post residency practice.