Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018

Department of

Orthopaedic Surgery


The orthopaedic residency program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is designed so that the resident acquires both clinical and surgical skills in a graduated fashion.

In the PGY- 2 and 3 years, the resident is instructed in the fundamentals of information gathering. This includes the acquisition of skills in the area of history taking, regional physical examination and interpretation of musculoskeletal diagnostic tests. Residents are instructed in the fundamentals of formulation of a differential diagnosis and are encouraged to acquire a comprehensive approach to treatment of musculoskeletal maladies. Operative skills are acquired through one-on-one teaching.

Early on, it is expected that the resident will acquire skills in both non-operative and post-operative care. Formulation of a rehabilitation plan once the patient is discharged from the hospital is also acquired during these years.

The PGY- 4 and 5 years are characterized by increased responsibility both in the outpatient setting and operating room. In the outpatient setting, the resident is expected to hone his/her skills in information gathering, formulation of a differential diagnosis and establishment of a treatment plan with acceptable alternatives. In the operating rooms, the residents must demonstrate the ability to perform standard orthopaedic procedures with minimal supervision.

The UC residency program has ample case material in which to develop patient care skills and graduated responsibility.

Rotations Schedule


12 Months
PGY-1 UCMC Orthopaedics (3 mos) Radiology CHMC Ortho VA Ortho Lab Ortho ED Plastics SICU Anesthesia Trauma
PGY-2 Pediatric Orthopaedics (20 wks.) Foot/Ankle (10 wks.) Sports (10 wks.) Recon (10 wks.)
PGY-3 Trauma (10 wks.) Hand (10 wks.) Shoulder (10 wks.) VAMC (10 wks.) Anatomy/ Tumor (10 wks.)
PGY-4 Spine (10 wks.) Adult Recon (10 wks.) Sports (10 wks.) Pediatric Ortho (10 wks.) Foot/Ankle (10 wks.)
PGY-5 UH Trauma Chief (10 wks.) UH Trauma Admin (10 wks.) VAMC (10 wks.) General Ortho/Chile (10 wks.) Adult Upper Extremity (10 wks.)

Educational Conference/Lecture Schedule

Resident education is an important part of the academic commitment of faculty and staff of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. A comprehensive conference schedule has been developed to enhance the educational experience of the residents and to cover all aspects of all specialty areas within orthopaedic surgery.

Our dedicated conference/lecture curriculum is September-June each academic year. SCS, Trauma Rounds/Bone Board, D&C and Journal Club are held throughout the entire academic year. Cadaveric dissection labs are held weekly during the summer months of July and August.

Day of Week Time Conference
Tuesday 6:30 a.m. Spitballs, Curves and Sliders (SCS)**
4:00 p.m. Trauma Rounds**
Wednesday 6:30 a.m. 1st week of the month – Pediatric
6:30 a.m. Grand Rounds
7:30 a.m. 1st week of the month – QI**
7:30 a.m. 2nd week of the month – Basic Science
7:30 a.m. 4th week of the month – Hand
8:15 a.m. 2nd week of the month – Spine
8:15 a.m. 3rd week of the month – Real World Medicine
8:15 a.m. 4th week of the month – Recon
7:00 p.m. 2nd week of the month – Journal Club**
Thursday 6:30 a.m. 4th week of the month – Tumor
Friday 6:30 a.m. 1st week of the month – MRI
6:30 a.m. 2nd week of the month – Shoulder
6:30 a.m. 3rd week of the month – Foot and Ankle
6:30 a.m. 4th week of the month – Sports Medicine
6:30 a.m. 5th week of the month – Recon with Dr. Spanyer (when applicable)

** Conferences that are held year round.