Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Michael Herbenick, M.D., Director

Welcome

Program Goal

Our program is committed to producing well-trained, academically-oriented orthopaedic surgeons while adhering to all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) requirements and standards. The basic philosophy provides a broadly based orthopaedic education, exposing residents to all major subspecialties. The learning environment, protected by strict rules, requires residents to attend all educational activities.

Clinical Exposure

The five-year orthopaedic residency program provides the resident a well-rounded clinical exposure with graduated responsibilities and exceptional supervised training. Residents receive extensive Trauma experience primarily at Miami Valley Hospital, a Level-I Trauma institution, where orthopaedics is an important component of the surgical multi-disciplinary team. Residents train in pediatric orthopaedics at the Children's Medical Center, providing many outstanding multi-disciplinary clinics. Our residents receive additional joint replacement and adult reconstruction training at Good Samaritan Hospital and the Dayton VA Medical Center.

Mentor-Based Training

Since adding a fourth resident to each training year in 2007, we have moved to a mentor-based training system where residents progress through subspecialty rotations. This enables the resident to experience continuity of treatment from preoperative evaluation through surgery and postoperative treatment. Rotations consist of four-month blocks in each of the following subspecialties: Adult Reconstruction, Foot & Ankle, Hand, Joint Replacement Knee, Pediatrics, Shoulder & Elbow, Spine, Sports and Trauma.

ACGME Core Competencies for Resident Training

  • Patient Care
    Compassionate, appropriate and effective for treatment of problems and promotion of health
  • Medical Knowledge
    Basic science and clinical, established and evolving
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
    Evaluating one's own care, changing practice by finding information and applying EBM
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
    Effective information exchange and collaboration with patients and colleagues
  • Professionalism
    Commitment to professional responsibilities, ethical behavior, sensitivity to diversity
  • Systems-Based Practice
    Using resources, improving system of care and patient safety

Accreditation

Since its inception at Miami Valley Hospital in 1973 by Dr. Hobart Klaaren, the orthopaedic surgery residency program has been granted full accreditation by the ACGME Residency Review Committee (RRC).

The RRC reviewed our program in 2007, increasing the number of allowed positions from three residents per year to four residents per year for a new total of 20 available resident positions. All positions are filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). In 2003, the RRC had approved an increase to three residents per year and 15 resident positions.

The internship (PGY-1) conforms to American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) guidelines and requirements. In addition to the five-year training track, we now offer a six-year track, which includes a musculoskeletal research year between the first and second clinical training years. The Orthopaedic In-Training Exam (OITE) is administered nationally each fall.

As of June 2009, the program had produced 69 orthopaedic surgeons. All eligible graduates have passed the ABOS certifying examination. Also in 2009, the ACGME RRC granted a full five-year accreditation to the newly created Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Program, under the direction of Dr. Michael Prayson.

For more information about the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, read the Program Overview.

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