Cleveland Clinic’s orthopaedic residency program consists of an American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery approved rotating surgical internship year, an optional research year and four years of clinical training in orthopaedic surgery.

Each member of our department is committed to providing the best possible graduate training in orthopaedic surgery.

Through our large clinical staff, an abundance of clinical material is available. A dedicated research staff is available through the Orthopaedic Research Center. Both basic science and clinical research opportunities are available for residents.

Orthopaedic surgery is a dynamic specialty and Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is leading the way with strong programs in all subspecialty areas.

We believe that our orthopaedic residency program is among the best in the world and that it will provide you with the skills to become one of tomorrow’s leaders in Orthopaedics.

Congratulations to our chief class for their recent match results!


  • Vahid Entezari, MD - Shoulder Surgery (Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia)
  • Patrick Marinello, MD - Hand Surgery (OrthoCarolina, Charlotte)
  • Daniel Mesko, DO - Adult Reconstructive Surgery (Rush University Medical Center, Chicago)
  • Michael Silverstein, MD - Spine Surgery (OrthoCarolina, Charlotte)


  • Kevin Bigart, MD - Adult Reconstructive Surgery (Rush University Medical Center, Chicago)
  • David Brigati, MD - Adult Reconstructive Surgery (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Reid Chambers, DO - Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis Surgery (Cleveland Clinic)
  • Jason Ho, MD - Shoulder Surgery (Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia)
  • Jennifer Peterson, MD - Adult Reconstructive Surgery (Cleveland Clinic)
  • Rachel Randall, MD - Pediatric Orthopaedics (Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus)
  • Timothy Wagner, MD - Adult Reconstructive Surgery (New England Baptist, Boston)


PGY-2 Residents

Nicholas Arnold, MD

Hometown Fort Wayne, Indiana
Undergraduate University of Notre Dame
Medical School Georgetown University School of Medicine
Interests Golf, cycling, aviation

Bilal Mahmood, MD

Hometown Smithton, Illinois
Undergraduate Saint Louis University
Medical School Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Interests St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, skiing, culinary arts

Sameer Oak, MD

Hometown Troy, Michigan
Undergraduate University of Michigan
Medical School Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Interests Basketball, traveling, Michigan sports

Deepak Ramanathan, MD

Hometown Cary, North Carolina
Undergraduate Madras Medical College
Medical School Madras Medical College
Interests Music, journalism, traveling, innovations

Prem N. Ramkumar, MD, MBA

Hometown Beverly Hills, California
Undergraduate Rice University
Medical School Baylor College of Medicine
Graduate Education Masters of Business Administration - Cornell Tech
Interests Basketball, tennis, rowing, running, hiking, writing, dogs, Los Angeles sports

Inyang Udo-Inyang, Jr  MD

Hometown Lagos, Nigeria
Undergraduate Oberlin College
Medical School Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine
Interests Healthcare and surgical care delivery in developing nations, travel, politics

PGY-3 Residents

Ryan J. Berger, MD

Hometown Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Undergraduate University of Florida
Medical School Florida State University College of Medicine
Interests Fitness, food, reading

Uche Davidson, MD

Hometown Lagos, Nigeria
Undergraduate University of Alberta, Canada
Medical School Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Interests Soccer, basketball, hockey

Haariss Ilyas, MD

Hometown Homewood, Illinois
Undergraduate Saint Louis University
Medical School Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Interests Basketball, travel, economics

Marcelo B P Siqueira, MD

Hometown Brasilia, Brazil
Undergraduate University of Brasilia (UnB)
Medical School University of Brasilia (UnB)
Interests My family, good food, clinical research

Peter Surace, MD

Hometown Cleveland, Ohio
Undergraduate Denison University
Medical School Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Interests Fishing, dogs, trucks, working out

Erica Umpierrez, MD

Hometown Atlanta, Georgia
Undergraduate Emory University
Medical School Emory School of Medicine
Interests Tennis, hiking, running with my dogs

PGY-4 Residents

Anthony Egger, MD

Hometown St. Louis, Missouri
Undergraduate Boston College
Medical School Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Interests Basketball, golf, travel
Clinical Interests  Pediatric Orthopaedics

Megan Flynn, MD

Hometown South Bend, Indiana
Undergraduate University of Notre Dame
Medical School Georgetown University School of Medicine
Interests Spending time with my family, running, watching reruns of Law & Order: SVU and the Food Network, reading Harry Potter
Clinical Interests Sports Medicine

Joshua Lawrenz, MD

Hometown Wheaton, Illinois
Undergraduate Wheaton College
Medical School University of Illinois College of Medicine
Interests Fitness, skiing, golf, Chicago sports
Clinical Interests  Musculoskeletal Oncology

Jonas Reid, MD

Hometown Easton, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate University of Florida
Medical School Temple University School of Medicine
Interests Classical music, weightlifting, Florida Gator sports
Clinical Interests  Hand & Upper Extremity

Anas Saleh, MD

Hometown Amman, Jordan
Undergraduate Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Medical School Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar
Interests Clinical research, basketball, squash
Clinical Interests Adult Reconstruction

M. Derek Vaughn, MD

Hometown Benton, Kentucky
Undergraduate University of Louisville
Medical School University of Louisville School of Medicine
Interests Spending time with my wife, golfing, hunting, Cleveland sports
Clinical Interests Hand & Upper Extremity

PGY-5 Residents

Kevin Bigart, MD

Hometown Naperville, Illinois
Undergraduate Education Case Western Reserve University
Medical School Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Interests Family, my dog, sports, movies, home improvement projects
Clinical Interests Adult Reconstruction

Reid Chambers, DO

Hometown San Diego, California
Undergraduate Education Occidental College
Medical School Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduate Education Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences - Midwestern University
Interests Travel, basketball, painting and graphic arts, gardening, and spending time with my wife Laura and pug Petunia
Clinical Interests Pediatric Orthopaedics

Jason Ho, MD

Hometown Farmington, Utah
Undergraduate Education University of Pennsylvania
Medical School Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Graduate Education Masters of Science - Georgetown University
Interests Matrix biology, good food, cooking, sports, hanging with my dog and wife
Clinical Interests Shoulder Surgery

Jennifer Peterson, MD

Hometown Sterling, Virginia
Undergraduate Education Southern Methodist University
Medical School University of Virginia School of Medicine
Interests Swimming, running, traveling
Clinical Interests Adult Reconstruction

Rachel Randall, MD

Hometown Fremont, Ohio
Undergraduate Education Oberlin College
Medical School Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Graduate Education Master of Arts in Bioethics - Case Western Reserve University
Interests Aviation, bicycling, cats
Clinical Interests Pediatric Orthopaedics

Aaron Taylor, MD

Hometown Southfield, Michigan
Undergraduate Education John Carroll University
Medical School Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
Graduate Education Masters in Education Administration - John Carroll University; Masters in Applied Anatomy - Case Western Reserve University
Interests Sports
Clinical Interests Pediatric Orthopaedics and Trauma

Timothy Wagner, MD

Hometown Rochester, New York
Undergraduate Education Mercyhurst University
Medical School George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Interests Ice hockey, golf, spending time with family
Clinical Interests Adult Reconstruction

Call Schedule

Call Schedule

The call schedule has been designed to meet the ACGME work hour guidelines. The majority of the call during the 5 years at Main Campus Cleveland Clinic outside rotations may require in-house call responsibilities, including MetroHealth Medical Center, Akron Children’s Hospital. Upper level rotations have home-call responsibilities (Lutheran and Euclid Hospitals).

Spine Call

Spine call is shared between the Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery services at Main Campus. Spine call is taken in 7-day blocks, with a single staff taking call, typically Monday-Sunday. When Orthopaedic spine staff are on call, the Orthopaedic resident is on primary “Spine call.” In addition to the home-call chief resident, there is a home-call Spine fellow available at all times.

Hand Call

Hand call is shared between the Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery services at Main Campus. Hand call is taken in 1-3 day blocks, with the home-call chief and a home-call Hand fellow available at all times should the in-house junior resident needs assistance.

Day Call

Orthopaedic call during the day (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.) is covered by PGY-1 through PGY-3 residents. The frequency of call is graduated on a seniority-based measure. The typical month requires Interns to take 4 day calls, PGY-2 residents typically cover 3 days calls, with PGY-3 residents covering between 2-3 day calls per month. At the end of day call, the pager is passed along to the overnight call resident.

Resident Sign-Out

Sign out occurs weekday mornings at 7 a.m. At sign-out the on-call residents present previous day/night admissions and consults. The chief resident from the night before is in attendance, as well as all residents at Main Campus. On weekends, signout occurs at 8 a.m.

Typical Call Week

A typical Orthopaedic overnight call week looks like the following:

Day Year/Call
Sunday (8 a.m. - 7 a.m.) PGY-2 (Night Float) resident
Monday (5 p.m. - 7 a.m.) PGY-2 (Night Float) resident
Tuesday (5 p.m. - 7 a.m.) PGY-2 (Night Float) resident
Wednesday (5 p.m. - 7 a.m.) PGY-2 (Night Float) resident
Thursday (5 p.m. - 7 a.m.) PGY-3 resident +/- Intern
Friday (5 p.m. - 8 a.m.) Intern + PGY-4 resident
Saturday (8a-8a) PGY-2 resident

Holiday Block

During the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday weeks, the program has a tradition of additional time off from clinical duties. Typically, all clinical and OR coverage will be handled by half those residents rotating at hospitals. This allows the other half of the residents participating in the Holiday block to have 4-5 days completely free of clinical responsibilities. Those residents that are participating in the Christmas Block will then have to work the New Year’s Block (and vice versa). 


During the week, each resident carries their own “individual” service, responsible for patients that they cared for in the operating room. This rule applies to senior level residents, chief residents, and fellows as well. Overnight call admissions and consult patients typically are distributed to their service-specific needs in the morning, with the junior resident on each service typically helping to orchestrate consult patient care. Senior level and chief residents are always available to answer questions and help with co-management of more complex patients that make up part of the junior resident’s service.

Ancillary Staff/Hospitalist Services

To optimize patient care for the more complex patient cases, orthopaedic medicine co-management services are available. The orthopaedic medicine co-management service is a full-time internal medicine staff whose service is entirely made up of orthopaedic patients. Their expertise is available to help with complex medical issues, pre-operative optimization, post-operative management.

Rotation Schedule

Rotation Schedule

PGY-1 (Intern Year)

6 Months Orthopaedic Surgery

Two of the three modules are spent working one on one with an orthopaedic oncologist in both the OR and clinic several days of the week. The remaining days are spent working on the joints service. The third orthopaedic module is completely dedicated to the joints service. Your time on both services includes significant operative time and you are never expected to be out doing “floor work” while others are operating (unless you are on day call).

  • 1 month - Neurosurgery
  • 1 month - Infectious Disease
  • 1 month - Emergency Department
  • 1 month - Plastic Surgery
  • 1 month - General Surgery
  • 1 month - SICU


2 Months - Pediatric Orthopaedics

Your PGY-2 pediatrics rotation takes place at CCF main campus, where you will have the opportunity to work with 5 pediatric orthopaedic staff. All residents are sure to get an equal share of clinic and OR time. Your cases include everything from scoliosis correction, to fracture care, to a wide variety of elective pediatric procedures.

2 Months – Adult Reconstruction

The Joints service is one of the busiest at Main Campus. As a PGY-2 on service, you have an increased amount of opportunity in the OR. You are in the OR as much as any senior resident and are never out doing “floor work” on days you are assigned to be operating. Once the early morning rounding responsibilities are completed, the PGY-2 is expected to be a part of the daily case load. As a PGY-2, it is not uncommon for you to be performing a significant amount of primary hips/knees, as well as assisting in complex revision cases.

2 Months – EAST rotation (Euclid Hospital)

The East rotation is essentially an apprenticeship with Dr. John Brems, one of our leading shoulder surgeons. Cases range from total shoulder arthroplasty to open rotator cuff repairs. During the rotation, you will also have opportunities to work with other staff in various subspecialties at Euclid Hospital if you desire.

2 Months - Night Float

Night float covers main campus call from 8 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday, and Monday through Wednesday nights 5 p.m. - 7 a.m. Your only responsibilities while on night float are covering floor issues and new consults/admissions during those hours. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are free from clinical duty.

2 Months – Orthopaedic Trauma (MetroHealth Medical Center)

At MetroHealth, you become a part of a team oriented system at a Level 1 trauma center. As a PGY-2, you be on a service that covers two main orthopaedic trauma attendings (Drs. Patterson and Vallier), as well as one of the orthopaedic pediatric staff (Dr. Cooperman). Cases include all types of musculoskeletal trauma, as well as scrubbing on some scheduled hip and knee arthroplasties. Call at Metro is roughly Q5 days.

2 Months – Spine

The PGY-2 spine rotation is at main campus. The rotation provides junior residents with exposure to a wide array of surgical spine pathology and operations, with a large focus on basic decompression and fusion procedures regarding the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines.


2 Months – Pediatric Orthopaedics (Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Akron)

Akron is a valuable experience for our PGY-3’s, as they work with 7 orthopaedic pediatrics staff at Akron Childrens Hospital. The volume of pediatric trauma is high. In addition to trauma cases, you also get the opportunity to scrub on general pediatric orthopaedic cases more general/sports type cases on adolescent children.

2 Months - Sports

The first exposure to a dedicated sports service comes in the PGY-3 year. You will work with multiple CCF sports staff in the OR and clinic, mainly at the Marymount Sports Health Center.

2 Months - Foot & Ankle

You will work with 3 foot & ankle surgeons while on this rotation. Your time will be spent at Lutheran, Marymount, and Main Campus, depending on which staff you are operating with on any given day. Weekly schedules are prepared in advance so that junior and senior residents, as well as the fellow, have exposure to all staff. You will have exposure to all types of elective foot & ankle cases, as well as ankle arthroplasty, and fracture cases.

2 Months - Hand

While on the “hand” service, you are actually scrubbing on cases involving the entire upper extremity. You will be exposed to 4 different orthopaedic upper extremity staff, both in the OR and clinic. A vast array of surgical cases are covered, including: general hand elective cases; shoulder, elbow, and wrist arthroscopy; shoulder and elbow arthroplasty; and upper extremity fracture cases.

2 Months - Lutheran Hospital (Spine)

The PGY-3 spine rotation is a mentorship rotation with Dr. Doug Orr. This service has an added emphasis on adult deformity correction and diagnostic/therapeutic decision making with revision procedures. Your call responsibility on this rotation includes approximately 5 home calls/month for Lutheran Hospital.

2 Months - Orthopaedic Trauma (MetroHealth Medical Center)

As a PGY-3, you return to Metro again to join one of the other orthopaedic trauma teams. As part of the trauma team you will be exposed to a great number of orthopaedic trauma cases. Call remains approximately Q5 days.


2 Months - Tumor

Your PGY-4 oncology rotation is an apprenticeship model. You will be immersed in the entire diagnostic and therapeutic process, beginning with the weekly multi-disciplinary conference and following the patient through clinic, to the operating suite, and through clinic again in the post-operative period.

2 Months - East rotation (Euclid Hospitals)

During this rotation at Euclid Hospital, you will have the opportunity to work with multiple subspecialty staff. A significant amount of time is typically spent in hip resurfacing arthroplasty and upper extremity surgery.

2 Months - Lutheran Hospital

This senior level rotation at Lutheran provides each resident with the ability to scrub on cases with various types of orthopaedic staff. Cases range from hip and knee arthroplasty to more general elective/fracture cases and upper extremity/arthroscopic surgery.

2 Months - Pediatric Orthopaedics

As the PGY-4 on the pediatrics service, you are now the senior resident responsible for weekly scheduling in the way of clinic and OR assignments for the junior residents. You have the same exposure to all staff and types of pediatric cases as during the PGY-3 year.

2 Months - Adult Reconstruction

Now returning to the main campus joints service as a senior resident, you will have increased responsibility and operative opportunity in all types of primary hip and knee arthroplasty as well as complex revisions.

2 Months - Sports Medicine

During the PGY-4 year, you will again work in both the clinic and OR with several of the multiple sports staff. The majority of cases are performed at the outpatient Marymount sports health surgical center.


2 Months - Adult Reconstruction

As the chief on the joints service, you are the glue that holds everyone together. The chief is responsible for organizing the clinic and OR assignments for all joints residents and fellows. The chief also plays a crucial role in making sure all joints call cases and fracture cases are covered. With regard to operating, the chief many times is responsible for his own room while fellows are responsible for others. By this point in training, chiefs are able to perform a significant portion of complex revision cases.

2 Months - Lutheran Hospital

Chief residents on this rotation are again able to scrub in on all types of more general cases per their interest. Chiefs have also been able to operate at other locations, such as Euclid Hospital or Main Campus, during this time should they have a particular desire to work with a certain staff or do a certain case.

2 Months - Foot & Ankle

Working as a team with the PGY-3 and foot & ankle fellow, the chief is responsible for everyone’s weekly OR and clinic assignments. You will again be working with CCF’s multiple foot and ankle staff and just like in the PGY-3 year, being exposed to a vast array of foot & ankle operative cases.

 4 Months - Elective

Elective time during the chief year has been spent in many different ways depending on each resident’s interests. Some residents stay in Cleveland to spend more time in a particular subspecialty, while others have done international rotations, European AO fellowships, etc.




General Overview for Basic Resident Education

Resident education finds its foundation in Tuesday & Wednesday conferences, with supplemental “service-specific” conferences on various other days. A general skeleton didactic week is as follows:
Monday – Service specific conference
Tuesday – Academic Day
Wednesday – Fracture Conference, Grand Rounds, or M&M
Thursday – Service specific conference
Friday – Service specific conference

Academic Day

Basic Didactic Sessions: Tuesdays 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Academic Days are on Tuesday mornings. These are typically structured in three 1-hour lectures (starting at 7 a.m.). The first lecture is a basic science topic, and is usually done by a resident. The following two topics are given by staff within a certain discipline (i.e. Foot & Ankle, or Trauma, etc).

The final 30 minutes of each session are reserved for OITE practice questions.

With each Academic Day, there is an assigned resident. PGY-2 though PGY-5 residents are typically responsible for coordinating 2-3 Academic Day sessions per year. The topics for the year are assigned in July, along with staff assignments. The resident is responsible for reminding staff about their presentation topics, and for putting together a basic science discussion/presentation, if needed. In addition to Orthopaedic staff, Neurosurgical, Infectious disease, Basic Science, Rheumatologic, and Radiology staff all participate in the orthopaedic resident Academic Day discussions.

Fracture Conference

Fracture Conference occurs 2 Wednesdays per month (shared with M&M and Grand Rounds). This conference is led by a PGY-4 resident. Topics are taken from previous OTA presentations and updated each year.

Also during these Wednesday sessions, rotating medical students will give their 10 minute case presentation on an interesting patient they encountered during their time at Cleveland Clinic, with a brief discussion on overall diagnosis, management, and treatment strategies concerning particular orthopaedic disability/disease.

Grand Rounds

This conference occurs once per month, and is given by visiting surgeons and group staff from each sub-specialty group. The final Grand Rounds of each Academic Year is given by the chief residents, and has become a tradition of staff versus residents Orthopaedic Jeopardy.

Quality Assurance (M&M) Conference

This conference occurs once per month and reviews complications and unplanned re-admissions. Residents involved with the cases present 5-10 minutes, including literature that supports (or undermines) a decision making process. The goal of this conference is to learn from past experiences, with the eventual goal of enhancing patient care in both efficiency and quality.

Service Specific Conferences for Residents on Service

A multi-disciplinary Musculoskeletal Oncology Conference staff and residents/fellows from various specialties (Pathology, MSK Radiology, Rad-Onc, Heme-Onc, Orthopaedics) attend. Upcoming cases are presented in a stepwise fashion, typically starting with clinical presentation, MSK imaging, biopsy results, surgical plans, and adjuvant/neoadjuvant therapy plans.

Thursday and Friday morning conferences revolve around Indications (Friday) and a Resident Presentations Conference on selected topics (Thursday). All pediatric staff are in attendance, with both conferences being interactive between residents and staff. In addition to these conferences at Cleveland Clinic's main campus, those residents rotating at Akron Children's Hospital also have morning Indications and Resident presentation conferences, in addition to a Wednesday morning Pediatric Fracture conference.

Sports Medicine
This Friday morning conference is at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center. Discussion are led by a Sports Medicine Fellow and are interactive between staff and residents/fellows. Approximately 30-40 people are in attendance, including all Sports Medicine staff, residents/fellows, and MSK Radiology staff.

Adult Reconstruction
Monday mornings include an Indications conference on the Joints service, with cases for the upcoming week presented by staff/fellows. The discussion revolves around indications, exam findings, surgical treatment options, and pertinent literature concerning each case. Residents and fellows on the main campus Joints service are in attendance, as well as multiple joints staff.

Hand & Upper Extremity
Once a week, the Hand service has a "Selected Topics" conference, as selected by the staff. The Hand fellow is responsible for finding 4-5 pertinent articles from the literature, and leading an interactive discussion. Typically, the resident will present one of these articles, in a brief 5-minute synopsis. In addition, there are once-monthly (on average) cadaver workshops in order to learn new approaches or understand different manufacturer's device options. Finally, Journal clubs occur once per month at up-scale local Cleveland area restaurants, where the hand residents will be responsible for discussing one article, a piece. These dinners are attended by multiple hand staff from all over Northeast Ohio, including MetroHealth and Case Western.

Saturday Conferences

Residents attend Saturday conferences through the Cleveland Orthropaedic Society 6 times per year. Conferences are on Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., with a frequent Friday afternoon resident session, where case presentations are made to the visiting professor concerning difficult problems or interesting management strategies in the "not-so-straightforward" orthopaedic patient.

Journal Clubs

Orthopaedic journal clubs in addition to the ones already cited occur about 10 times per year, rotating through the various sub-specialty disciplines. Typically 4-5 articles are selected for presentation and presented in a short synopsis by residents. The rest of the time is open to interactive discussion, with staff present. Depending on the season of the year, different venues are utilized. In the summer/spring/fall, journal clubs are often at staff homes, with recreational activities surrounding the discussions to include full-field soccer games, 3 vs 3 basketball tournaments, or a BBQ overlooking Lake Erie from a backyard. This is an informal, yet educational environment dedicated to increasing resident appreciation of recent literature, and learning how to critically analyze of journal literature.

Cadaver Lab

There are two opportunities for wet lab dissection and surgical practice outside the operating room.

Srthroscopic Surgery Skills Lab
This is a wet (and dry) lab that is dedicated to the orthopaedic residents and fellows. Uses of this lab can include arthroscopic practice on human cadaveric body regions (including cartilage work, ligamentous/tendon repair, meniscal repairs, etc), as well practice with various ORIF or bony work techniques. About 8-10 times per year, a portion of a Tuesday Academic Day will be devoted to residency education within Mo's lab, lead by various Sports Medicine staff. The lab is also open to individual resident practice, with cadaveric specimens available with prior appointment.

The "dry" lab portion of this includes various shoulder, knee, and hip models that allow for further fine tuning of arthroscopic knot tying and instrument techniques, without the need for a cadaver.

Medical School Prosector Lab
This lab is the main Cleveland Clinic Medical School anatomy facility, located in the basement of the L-Building on Cleveland Clinic's main campus. Here, large-scale approach dissection can be undertaken, with some limited examples ranging from lower extremity trauma approach techniques, acetabular approached, approaches to the scaphoid, or total hip approaches. Another use of this lab is the orthopaedic resident opportunity to help with educating medical students, including prossection and in-class teaching.

Saw Bones Workshop

Approximately from 8-10 times per year, residents will have the opportunity to participate in sponsored outings to local area venues for the purpose of simulating techniques with various orthopaedic implants on saw bone models. These times can prove to be very useful in learning new instrumentation, or becoming familiar with well-known instrumentation for the younger residents.

Journal Subscriptions

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides each resident a subscription to JBJS and JAAOS (Yellow Journal). Further journal subscriptions are readily available in the resident reading room (located in the A41 orthopaedic offices building).

Resident Reading List

The program has a Core Reading list, with pertinent articles that are either "classic" to the formation of each sub-specialty discipline within orthopaedics, or are groundbreaking in terms of new techniques or thought strategies. Each sub-discipline has between 10 and 20 articles that are marked as "must reads" for each resident prior to graduation, with all articles passed along to incoming residents. Each article list was created with the close input of various staff in each sub-discipline of the department.

Apply / Benefits

Apply / Benefits


Residency Application Requirements

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program at Cleveland Clinic participates in ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application System, developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Three recommendation letters are required.

Residency Application Screening and Interview Committee

The application screening process begins in late October, with interview target dates being offered in late-November.

Sixty applicants are invited for interviews. While academic accomplishments, research endeavors and letter writer comments are weighted into an applicant's consideration for an interview, many other factors that uniquely comprise the individual are held highly in consideration, such as hobbies, international medical experiences or prior career accomplishments. The goal of the committee is to select applicants to interview who they feel will flourish in the orthopaedic residency training vision at Cleveland Clinic, while at the same time, adding to the unique close-knit community of residents outside the hospital walls. There is neither a minimum Board score requirement nor a predisposition toward an academic career to gain consideration for interview invitation, as more than 50% of our graduating classes pursue private practice orthopaedics each year.


Resident Education Fund

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides each resident with $1000 of allotted "Education Fund" money on an annual basis. The use of these funds can include (but is not limited to) the purchase of loupes, text books, journal subscriptions or for meeting attendance.

Meeting Allotments

The department allots for 3 meeting days for meeting attendance at the discretion of the resident. There are no "uniformly required" meetings with the exception of the AO Basic Trauma course, which residents attend early in the PGY-2 year. This meeting is completely funded by the department.

As chief residents, the department will pay for each resident to attend one Board Review Course. Most popular, are either the AAOS, the Miller Review or the Maine Review Course.

If a resident presents his/her work at a regional/national/international meeting, the GME department funds the trip, with allotted presentation time increased above and beyond the "3-day" meeting allotment. Typically, residents have 2 days for travel and one day for the presentation (3 additional days).

All other meetings during the PGY-1 through PGY-5 years can be funded through the individual's education fund. There are no restrictions as to which meetings a resident may attend, and previous examples of attended national meetings have been AAOS, AAHKS, various surgical techniques courses (S.A.F.E., M.E.P.O., etc), Gainesville Pathology course, or OTA/AO courses.


Residents receive 15 days of vacation time during the PGY-2 through PGY-5 years. These days do not include the Holiday Block (see above), which typically is an additional 4-5 days free from clinical duties. All vacation time are cleared with the chief resident on the service.

Interns receive 3 weeks of vacation time, with an additional week to work in the microsurgical rat lab.  Interns must take all 4 of these weeks in one contiguous block. Your vacation module is typically selected at the beginning of the Academic Year.

High School Sports Coverage

Each resident is assigned a high school beginning in their PGY-2 year, and acts as the team physician for the football team, covering Friday night games through the season (including playoffs). The resident will typically work with the same high school through their residency career at Cleveland Clinic. All high schools have a co-assigned staff physician and athletic trainer, with many of the staff physicians attending games regularly. In addition to varsity football, residents have additional opportunity (though optional) to cover further sports, such as wrestling tournaments, hockey games/tournaments, and lacrosse tournaments.

Residents are reimbursed $120 per game, with additional gas mileage reimbursement.


Is permitted as an upper level resident with approval of the residency program director.

On Call Meals

Meals are provided to residents with in-house call responsibility. In addition to the cafeteria at Cleveland Clinic's main campus, other options for dining are available in-house.

Athletic Facilities

All residents are granted free membership to the Walker Fitness Center, located across the street from the main outpatient clinic building.  This facility has a state of the art free weight facility, aerobic exercise room, pool, basketball courts, indoor track, and multiple class offerings.

Health Insurance

All residents have the opportunity to be covered by the Cleveland Clinic Health Insurance plan, with a wide variety of locations covered as "Tier 1" providers.


Please refer to Cleveland Clinic's GME website for further information regarding yearly salary.

Contact Information

Should you have any other questions regarding the application or interview process, please do not hesitate to contact the Orthopaedic Education Office and the education coordinator, Chris Orlinski at 216.445.7570.