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Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

Coordinator: Kathy Walsh C-TAGME
E-mail: kathy.walsh@akrongeneral.org

Phone: 330-344-6269

This five-year, postgraduate training program is fully accredited by the RRC (ABOS & ACGME). The Department of Orthopedic Surgery offers three first-year positions to senior medical students via the NRMP process.

Dr. Thompson's Six Points of Light for the Akron General Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

  1. A faculty of teachers where 95% are fellowship trained in a subspecialty area. All subspecialties are represented. We link our teaching faculty with outstanding daily academic lectures.
  2. We offer uniform exposure to all subspecialties over four years via a decentralized "team" organization. This allows for the identification of development of interests at an earlier stage. (As opposed to fixed subspecialty rotations without regard to interest or year of residency.)
  3. We have excellent rotations with Akron Children's Hospital, one of America's largest pediatric hospitals. This includes both the routine fracture experience as well as specialty work such as scoliosis, CP and SCFE. 
  4. We have a good research opportunity with both clinical and basic science-type projects. Residents may present their projects at national meetings, if accepted.
  5. Office rotations in the real world of private practice. How to run a practice from the clinical, business and personnel standpoints.
  6. Resident teaching is our focus. No fellows in this program.

Our residents benefit from training that is based on an integral framework of patient care, education and research. They are supervised by an outstanding clinical faculty that is committed to education and fellowship-trained in all orthopedic subspecialties.

Trauma As a Level I Trauma Center, regional tertiary referral center and community hospital, Akron General Medical Center offers residents the opportunity to work with patients from the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal diseases and trauma. Residents will participate in all aspects of patient care, under faculty supervision at different levels of responsibility.

Akron Children's Hospital Another benefit of residency at Akron General Medical Center is the relationship we've fostered with Akron Children's Hospital - providing an excellent experience for residents interested in pediatric orthopedics. This hospital is located within walking distance from Akron General Medical Center. The residents do not have to leave the area to do their peds ortho rotations.

Fracture Conference This conference is held every Wednesday morning. Residents discuss cases that presented to the Emergency Department the previous week.

Basic Science Clinical and basic science faculty present a monthly basic science conference as part of a two-year curriculum.

Anatomy Conference An anatomy conference includes presentations on surgical approaches to treatment and cadaver dissection. Residents will also have the opportunity to attend hands-on conferences throughout the year that include equipment, such as saw bones and joint implants. Special conferences include weekly sessions covering x-ray and trauma

Orthopaedic Journal Club Residents, attending physicians, our senior research scientist all participate in a monthly Journal Club. The group reviews current and classic articles usually from the JBJS emphasizing scientific design, analysis methods and results.

Research is an important aspect of orthopedic training. All residents are required to complete, present at at national meetings and submit an abstract for publication while in the program. Time, funding, space and faculty support is provided. The department has a Senior Research Scientist to enhance the department's efforts in biomechanical research. Research projects are presented at the Annual Akron Combined Orthopedic Surgery Research Day and AGMC's Scientific Session. Presentations at other local, regional and national meetings are fully supported.

Senior Talks Day Each June, clinical activities are suspended for a half-day. Residents and attendings convene off campus for a half-day program of senior resident presentations.

Annual Meetings All residents (PGY-2 - PGY-5) attend two out of town conferences per year.

  • PGY-I: ATLS
  • PGY- II: AO/ ASIF Fracture Course Strategies and AAOS/ OTA  Orthopedic Extremity Trauma Course
  • PGY- III: AANA Arthroscopy Course and Current Concepts in Joint Replacement (Orlando only)
  • PGY- V: Miller's Board review and an approved elective meeting
  • PGY-V: AAOS Annual meeting and the AAOS Board Review course
  • Graduates of our program have a 96% pass rate on ABOS certifying board exams. Akron General Orthopedic residents have scored, as a group, above the 90th percentile, with an average of 96%, for the past nine years on the annual OITE in-training exam by AAOS.

    Our orthopedic graduates have been accepted into fellowships in all specialties across the country.

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    Date Updated: 29-MAY-2014
    Date Updated: 26-APR-2010



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