Nicholas Andry coined the word “orthopaedics” derived from the Greek words for “correct” or “straight” (“orthos”) and “child” (“paidion”), in 1741, when he published Orthopaedia: Or the Art of Correcting and Preventing Deformities in Children. The branch of surgery concerned with acute, chronic, traumatic and overuse injuries of the musculoskeletal system, orthopaedic surgery addresses such ailments as arthritis, trauma and congenital deformities using both surgical and non-surgical means.
Recognizing the need for orthopaedic services in the provision of heathcare services in the United States, the School of Health & Medical Sciences offers the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program.
The program, which has 15 total positions available (three for each year), is divided over post-graduate years (PGY) 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Participating hospitals and healthcare settings include:
The program provides a well-integrated experience with abundant clinical instruction and a balanced experience in trauma, reconstructive surgery, children’s orthopaedics, spine/scoliosis surgery, oncology, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and arthroscopy/sports medicine. Basic science is incorporated into all five years.
Rotations begin with the Pre-Orthopaedic PGY-1, which focuses on the development of a broad clinical orthopaedic knowledge base. Rotations include:
- Surgery (general, trauma, vascular, plastics)
- Internal Medicine
- Rehabilitation Medicine
- Emergency Room Medicine.
PGY-2 junior residents are assigned to the private and ward orthopaedic services in the adult/children’s trauma service. They begin their rotation in sports medicine and spend one afternoon each week on the private ambulatory care service. Throughout the year, emphasis is placed on the development of history-taking and physical skills, as well as the development of appropriate diagnostic and treatment plans. Rudimentary surgical skills, including pre- and post-operative care, are also developed.
PGY-3 residents gain increased responsibility for patient care on operative and non-operative cases. Residents rotate in the foot and ankle, tumor and pediatric orthopaedic services.
PGY-4 residents begin the adult/children’s trauma/reconstructive service and choose an elective of interest.
PGY-5 senior residents serve as chief resident in charge of the orthopaedic service, executing all major orthopaedic procedures with their own assigned patients, and act as first assistant on various surgeries with the attending. The mechanics of running a private practice are also highlighted.
Dedicated to providing residents with a quality learning experience, faculty are highly educated, having trained in hospitals around the country and in highly regarded residency programs.
For more information on the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Seton Hall University, review the program requirements and apply today.