Western Reserve Hospital offers a 5 year residency program in Orthopedic Surgery as outlined by the American Osteopathic Association Committee on Post Doctoral Training and the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. The WRH administration, Graduate Medical Education Department, and orthopedic faculty are committed to provide the necessary training and resources in the development of competent Osteopathic specialists in Orthopedic Surgery. Past graduates have obtained fellowship training opportunities in total joint, sports medicine, spine, hand/upper extremity, trauma and pediatric orthopedics.
The mission of the WRH Orthopedic Surgery residency program is to develop a competent osteopathic physician, skilled in the practice of Orthopedic Surgery and surgical techniques. This is accomplished by meeting or exceeding educational goals and objectives through competency based, compassionate, patient-centered learning strategies. WRH provides an opportunity to become academically and procedurally proficient through training in general orthopedics and fracture care, along with proficiency in the subspecialties of spine, hand and upper extremity, total joint replacement, foot / ankle surgery, and arthroscopy. Clinical exposure to all age groups, along with instruction in text, journal, and electronic resources is accomplished throughout the 5 years. The ultimate goal of our training program is excellence in patient care, recognized by colleagues and patients alike.
The WRH Orthopedic Surgery Residency is a highly competitive, excellence-driven program where residents develop efficient, comprehensive, diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills in a progressive fashion during their 5 years of training. Beginning the first week of residency, residents are taught to develop an understanding and correlation of laboratory procedures, including clinical laboratory, radiological, pathological, and nuclear departments. The program teaches the understanding of the musculoskeletal system and the roles that pathologic processes play in the development of disease, along with inclusion of osteopathic tenets in patient care.
From the first weeks of residency training the orthopedic resident actively participates in the pre- and post-operative care of all orthopedic patients, along with operative interventions appropriate for the level of training. There is exposure at all levels of training to radiologic procedures and their relevance to orthopedic patient care. There is a monthly orthopedic clinic session where residents assume control, with attending supervision, of their patients' care for a variety of orthopedic complaints.
The WRH Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training faculty practice a wide variety of general and subspecialty orthopedic procedures and are able to provide an encompassing training experience. To complement this, time is spent at area facilities to expand knowledge in the areas of orthopedic trauma, pediatrics, and musculoskeletal oncology. Through the other Residency Programs at WRH, orthopedic residents can learn the inter-disciplinary components to quality patient care, and interactions between subspecialties that they will encounter in private practice.