Letter from the Chief of Orthopaedics

Beginning July 2015, the Orthopedic Surgery Residency at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital becomes a five-year training program. This is a change from the recent past. This decision was made concomitant with significant improvements and updates of the resident rotation schedule, reflective of the ever-broadening scope of orthopedic surgery.

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, a 350-bed community hospital, is home to one of the leading orthopedic training programs in the country. Two residents per year enter the program. With over 6,000 inpatient and outpatient cases per year, our five-year residency ensures that trainees receive extensive exposure to general orthopedics and its subspecialties. Residents gain valuable experience evaluating and managing patients of all ages in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Broad exposure to orthopedic subspecialty areas including joint replacement surgery, spine surgery, arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine, foot and ankle surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery, and hand surgery as well as adult reconstruction and extremity trauma is provided.

MedStar Union Memorial Orthopedics enjoys a unique greater than 1:1 full-time faculty-to- resident ratio. Working closely with easily accessible faculty mentors, residents obtain a well-rounded experience through a large volume of patient interactions in all areas of orthopedic surgery.

We are fortunate to have strong affiliations with our neighboring academic institutions within Baltimore, obtaining our pediatric orthopedic training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and our major adult trauma experience at the Shock Trauma Unit of the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Outpatient experience is broad and diverse as well. In addition to a two-time-per-week resident clinic, in which house staff patients are evaluated, treated and followed, residents also spend extensive time in the outpatient setting working in a preceptorship environment with attendings of various subspecialties, thereby gaining valuable experience in the preoperative evaluation of patients as well as the management of their postoperative recovery.

Didactic activity is equally broad and diverse. While rotating at MedStar Union Memorial, residents participate in didactic activities on a daily basis. Various subspecialty conferences are held on a weekly basis, as well as a quarterly morbidity and mortality conference. A full, basic science/orthopedic science curriculum is presented on a regularly scheduled basis. In addition, topics in ethics are included in the didactic curriculum.

Research opportunities focus on clinical as well as biomechanical investigations, and all residents are expected to take part in research-oriented endeavors. The residency uses the extensive facilities of the orthopedic biomechanical laboratory at MedStar Union Memorial for cadaver and arthroscopic skills practice as well as related anatomic or biomechanical research.

Contact Information for Orthopedic Surgery Residency

For more information on the Orthopedic Surgery Residency program, please contact our coordinator, Kathy Lind, at 410-554-2857.