The Orthopedics program offers a 5-year residency fully accredited by the AOA. During the PGY1 year the resident will participate in the following rotations:  General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Trauma Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Plastic Surgery, Spine, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.  The resident will participate in a minimum of 36 months locally of general orthopedics. The other 12 months may be out rotations during the PGY4 year if approved by the Evaluating Committee of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics and by the Designated Institutional Official for Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center. These rotations may be in orthopedic subspecialty surgery, other AOA approved residency programs, research or basic sciences. Each resident’s program shall be considered unique in itself and evaluated individually.

PGY 1  

2 Adult Reconstruction

1 Spine

1 Ortho Night Float

1 Sports Medicine

1 Ortho trauma

1 Plastics

1 Vascular surgery

1 Internal Medicine


1 MSK Radiology

1 Trauma Surgery



4 Sports Medicine

3 General Orthopedic

2 Adult Reconstruction

2 Spine

1 Ortho Trauma



4 Peds Ortho

3 Sports Medicine

2 General Ortho

1 Spine

1 Adult Reconstruction

1 Ortho Trauma



3 Electives

3 Hand

3 Foot

1 Oncology

1 General Ortho

1 Research



5 General Ortho

2 Sports Medicine

2 Adult Reconstruction

1 Ortho Trauma

1 Spine

1 Research

First Year

  1. Lectures on orthopedic service, wet labs
  2. OPTI lectures when on orthopedic services
  3. Evaluate orthopedic patients and trauma call
  4. Pre & post-op evaluation and care of patients
  5. Out-patient orthopedic clinic & post clinic seminars. Developing patient panel
  6. Orthopedic research basics and lecture technique & development
  7. Orthopedic surgery basics
  8. Casting – joint injects
  9. Orthopedic radiology
  10. No out rotations
  11. Progress to independent activity with senior oversight

Second Year

  1. No out rotations
  2. Course in surgical orthopedic anatomy
  3. Become computer competent to generate lectures and use of AOAO Case log system
  4. ASIF basic course
  5. Basic sciences in orthopedics course
  6. Pediatric courses
  7. ATLS
  8. Weekly lectures, Journal Club and monthly Morbidity and Mortality Review adhering to the suggested Clinical CORE Curriculum as revised by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. OPTI lectures and WET labs (See didactic schedule)
  9. Progress to use surgical instruments, techniques, pre and postoperative care, x-ray techniques, participate in surgical cases as determined by his or her ability
  10. Participate in orthopedic clinic evaluation and treatment of patients, develop a panel of clinic patients, and attend post clinic seminars
  11. Participate in the care and management of emergency room cases and other outpatient cases
  12. Maintain knowledge of basic Osteopathic principles
  13. Maintain residents logs in AOAO Case log system in a timely fashion
  14. Write an annual scientific paper for last three of his/her four years

Third, Fourth and the first six months of the Fifth years:

  1. Begin and process supplemental OGME4 out rotations for 12 months
  2. Attend instructional courses
  3. Weekly lectures, Journal Club, monthly Mortality & Morbidity Review, OPTI lectures and WET labs (See Didactic schedule)
  4. Continue in case management, pre and post operative care of surgical cases, intervention determined by his/her ability
  5. Participate in orthopedic clinic and continue developing panel of clinic patients and post clinic seminars
  6. Continue participation with emergency room cases and other outpatient cases
  7. Supervisory help to first year residents, students and interns

Fifth Year:

  1. The last six months of the program will be spent at the primary training center
  2. He/she will continue in the aforementioned responsibilities
  3. Supervisory help to junior residents & participate and develop administrative skills