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
need for orthopaedic services in the provision of healthcare services in the
United States, the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University
offers the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency 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:
Surgery Residency 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.
The first year
of residency is the Pre-Orthopaedic PGY-1 year, which begins with
six months of non-orthopaedic rotations in which the educational focus centers
on general patient care. The second half of the year is then devoted to
introducing residents to the basics of orthopaedic surgery. This is purposefully designed so that residents
may develop a broad general medicine knowledge-base as well as a clinical orthopaedic knowledge-base.
PGY-2 junior residents spend the entire year
with the orthopaedic team, focusing on general orthopaedics, trauma, hand
surgery and spine surgery. 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 patient care,
continue to be developed. Residents will
have the ability to attend the A.O. Basic Principles of Fracture Management course
PGY-3 residents gain increased
responsibility and autonomy for patient care on operative and non-operative
cases. Residents will rotate on the
general orthopaedics, hand surgery and pediatric orthopaedic services. An off-site four-month pediatric orthopaedic
surgery rotation at Alfred I. DuPont Hospital occurs during this year. At DuPont, residents will rotate with residents from other programs, including Thomas Jefferson University, Mt. Sinai St. Luke's and Georgetown University. PGY-3 residents spend one afternoon each week
managing the adult general orthopaedic clinic and will have the opportunity to
attend the A.O. Advanced Principles of Fracture Management course.
PGY-4 residents spend the majority of
the year with the adult reconstruction and sports medicine teams. Each fourth-year resident will spend three
months on the orthopaedic oncology service at Hackensack University Medical
Center under the guidance of James Wittig, M.D. Fourth year residents are expected to begin
assuming the duties of chief residents as the year progresses, including
running fracture rounds each morning and coordinating case coverage. It is during this year that residents apply
for a fellowship of interest.
PGY-5 senior residents serve as chief residents
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. Structured time is set aside to allow for licensing board exam
preparation, at which point the PGY-4's begin to assume chief resident
providing residents with a quality learning experience, Seton Hall boasts a faculty of highly educated
surgeons, most having trained in highly renowned residencies and fellowships around
information on the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Seton Hall
University, review the program requirements and apply today.