Orthopedic Surgery

 

The Eisenhower Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training Program offers four years of intensive study and practice. Entry is either at the internship level or at the PGY2 level after completion of one year's training in an ACGME-accredited orthopedic surgery internship. The curriculum provides for two residents at each level, with extensive exposure and practical experience in all phases of reconstructive surgery, spine surgery, sports medicine, hand surgery, pediatric orthopedics, orthopedic oncology, complex trauma, prosthetics, orthotics, and complete inpatient and outpatient care. Residents rotate for six months at the nationally renowned Scottish Rite Children's Hospital of Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, where all aspects of pediatric orthopedics are covered. Trauma training is concentrated through rotations at the University of South Carolina and University Hospital, Augusta, Georgia.

In addition to these outside rotations, residents attend short courses in AO Basic Surgical Skills, Orthotics and Prosthetics, and Orthopedic Oncology.

Ample opportunity is given for research during each year of training. Three months of dedicated time is devoted to scholarly research activities. Basic science research is supported through a large Department of Clinical Investigation with capabilities for studying biomechanics, biomaterials, genetics, pharmacokinetics, and biostatistics. Opportunity for conducting clinical research protocols is available at any time during the course of training.

Rotation Schedule

PGY1:  

  • EAMC - 4 Blocks
  • Augusta University – 3 Blocks
  • Doctor’s Hospital Augusta - 1 Block

PGY2:

  • EAMC Orthopaedics - 12 months

PGY3:

  • Trauma at Prisma Health, Columbia, SC - 3 months
  • Community Orthopaedics at University Hospital, Augusta, GA - 3 months
  • EAMC Orthopaedics - 6 months

     

PGY4:

  • Pediatric Orthopaedics  at Children’s Hospital Atlanta- 6 months
  • EAMC Orthopaedics - 6 months

     

PGY5:

  • Trauma at Prisma Health, Columbia, SC - 3 months
  • EAMC Orthopaedics - 9 months

Curriculum & Conferences

  • Morning Report:  Occurs Tuesday to Friday to review the previous day’s call and operative cases.
  • University Conference:  A Monday morning case conference at University Hospital attended by a large assortment of practicing and retired orthopaedic surgeons to review interesting or educational cases.
  • Journal Club:  A monthly dinner event to review current literature with staff and residents.
  • Cadaver Lab:  A weekly training event using cadaveric dissections to review applied anatomy and surgical approaches.
  • Orthopaedic Grand Rounds:  Presented by a resident or faculty every Friday.  Designed to build foundational knowledge.
  • Augusta Spine Symposium:  An annual spine conference attended by numerous orthopaedic/neurosurgery residencies in the region.  Designed in a grand rounds format, numerous thought leaders in spine surgery present on topics of interest.Mock Oral Boards:  Held annually for graduates and military surgeons in the southeast who are preparing for ABOS Part II certification.

Faculty & Residents

Faculty within the Orthopaedic Surgery department have a wide array Fellowship sub-specialty training. Core faculty members of the residency program are here with the principal objective of resident education and advancement of the program.  As such, they are dedicated to committing the time and effort to provide the residents with the opportunities to learn and develop as they progress in their training.  All faculty members are involved regularly with scholarly activity including clinical research projects and QI/PI projects.

The Orthopaedic Surgery residents in this program have matriculated from all over the country and bring with them a broad and diverse background and experience.  The residents develop close and supportive relationships which provide an atmosphere of collegiality.  The demands of residency are high, and the importance of resident wellness is a critical priority of the program and the EAMC GME Department.  A wellness working group has been established within the GME Committee to help provide resources for residents at EAMC.  In addition, the Orthopaedic Surgery program hosts several social events throughout the year:

Annual Intern Welcome Party: All faculty and residents and their families get together for an evening of fun and food at the start of the academic year to help welcome the new residents and share stories about their experiences and rotations.

 Post OITE Party:  All residents and faculty come together to celebrate the completion of the annual Orthopaedic In-service Training Examination.

Chief Resident Graduation Party:  This event serves as our departmental “Hail and Farewell,” where we say Goodbye to the graduating class and welcome the new first-year class.

Fifth Friday:  Every month with a fifth Friday residents are excused from clinical duties to engage in a morale/team-building activity.  Past activities have included mountain biking, paintball, a visit to a local ATV Park, golf and wake boarding on Lake Strom Thurmond.

Journal club:  A monthly evening dinner for faculty and residents to discuss recent journal articles as well as socialize.

FAQ’s

What research opportunities are available to rotating students and residents?

The Orthopaedic Surgery department has a robust profile of ongoing research in multiple subspecialties.  The department engages in a research meeting monthly to discuss the progress made in ongoing projects as well as explore new research ideas.  The hospital enjoys a robust department of clinical investigations with active microbiology, the vivarium and clinical research opportunities.  Additionally, we have strong, well-established partnerships with regional civilian partners in research.

What factors make an applicant competitive to match in the Eisenhower Orthopaedic Surgery program?

Factors considered for the match at the local level include: grades, boards scores, and letters of recommendation, and personality and performance on a rotation.  While we do not have specific board cut-off scores, successful applications generally have over a 220 on the USMLE Step I and demonstrate a strong work effort on their visiting rotation.

Are there any major changes planned for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center?

The program successfully completed a 10-year site review by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in February 2019.  Also in 2019 a new Program Director and Assistant Program Director came on board.  As a result of these two events, it is anticipated that the program will remain in good standing with the ACGME with no major changes in leadership for the foreseeable future.

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Contact Information 
Phone:

706-787-4657

Toll Free: 

1-800-492-5055

Hours:

Mon - Fri: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location:

300 East Hospital Road
ATTN: Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Fort Gordon, GA 30905