Letter from the Chief of Orthopaedics
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, a 350-bed community hospital, is home to one of the leading orthopaedic training programs in the country as well as the Curtis National Hand Center. The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is a five-year training program started in 1971. Two residents per year enter the program. With over 20 Orthopaedic Surgeons, our program performs over 6,000 operative cases per year. Our residency ensures that trainees receive extensive exposure to general orthopaedics and its subspecialties. Residents gain valuable experience evaluating and managing patients of all ages in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Broad exposure to orthopaedic subspecialty areas including joint replacement, spine, sports medicine, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand, trauma, pediatric orthopaedics and orthopaedic oncology is provided.
MedStar Union Memorial Orthopaedics enjoys a uniquely high full-time faculty-to-resident ratio. Faculty mentors are assigned to residents at the start of your intern year and help guide both academic and clinical growth with regular meetings. Working closely with easily accessible faculty mentors, residents obtain a well-rounded experience through a large volume of patient interactions in all areas of orthopaedic surgery.
All rotations are completed in the Baltimore area. Our hand surgery experience is on campus at the Curtis National Hand Center, which has over 15 Hand surgeons. We are fortunate to have strong affiliations with our neighboring academic institutions, obtaining our pediatric orthopaedic training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and our major adult trauma experience at the Shock Trauma Unit of the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Outpatient experience is broad and diverse as well. You will help treat professional athletes through our role as team physicians for the Baltimore Ravens, Orioles and out of market professional athletes as a tertiary orthopaedic referral center. In addition, residents spend extensive time in the outpatient setting working in a preceptorship environment with attendings of various subspecialties, thereby gaining valuable experience in the evaluation and management of non-operative and surgical orthopaedic conditions. Furthermore, there is a two-time-per-week resident clinic, in which trauma and house staff patients are evaluated, treated and followed under the direction of the trauma service chief resident. This unique experience allows the chief residents the opportunity to act as a junior faculty, with their own clinic and dedicated OR block time.
Didactic activity is equally broad and diverse. While rotating at MedStar Union Memorial, residents participate in daily protected time didactic activities. Subspecialty didactics are spread throughout the week to minimize missed time in the operating room. Lectures are given by attending physicians and arranged to avoid the condensed didactics that is common in other programs. A comprehensive orthopaedic-oriented basic science curriculum is presented on a monthly basis. We also have a quarterly morbidity and mortality conference and frequent journal clubs held in a more social environment. In addition, topics in ethics and practice management are included in the didactic curriculum.
Research opportunities focus on clinical as well as biomechanical investigations, and all residents are expected to take part in research-oriented endeavors. The department is highly supportive of resident research and a generous budget supports in-house grants for trainee projects every year. Residents are also allotted ample funds to present their projects at regional and national meetings, and a dedicated editor is available to help prepare manuscripts. The residency uses our world-class research facilities which includes the Musculoskeletal Research Center, Biomechanics STAT lab, and small animal vivarium. These facilities allow us to extensively study biomechanical and clinical conditions in orthopaedics. In addition, our labs are designed for teaching with availability for cadaveric dissections and procedural training.
We pride ourselves on an excellent, well-rounded educational experience for orthopaedic residents in a collegial environment. We hope you consider MedStar Union Memorial Hospital when applying and look forward to meeting you.
Contact Information for Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
For more information on the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program, please contact our coordinator, Kathy Lind, at 410-554-2857.