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 3 months of orthopaedic
trauma/general orthopaedics at the 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,
neurosurgery, plastics, ICU, and musculoskeletal radiology as per
the requirements of the ABOS/ACGME.
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 with
fellowship trained subspecialists. Rotations are 3 months and
include: general/pediatric orthopaedics (PGY 2, PGY 5), foot and
ankle (PGY 2), 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 1
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. Residents on all rotations have an 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 orthopedics. This includes time spent at
local surgery centers. Call is in-house and is every 5th 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 3 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-4 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
will spend three months during the PGY 3 year at the MedStar
Georgetown University Hospital working on a variety of clinical
and basic science research projects. During the research time
period each resident is expected to complete either a basic
science or clinical research project of publishable quality.
Clinical requirements during this rotation are minimal.