OverviewCleveland 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 strongly committed to providing the best possible graduate orthopaedic training.
Because of 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 necessary skills to become one of tomorrow’s leaders in Orthopaedics.
Congratulations to our chief class for their recent match results!
Robert Cagle – Sports Medicine (Indiana University- Indianapolis)
Salvatore Frangiamore – Sports Medicine (Steadman Phillippon- Vail)
Timothy Joyce – Adult Reconstruction (New England Baptist Hospital- Boston)
Bishoy Gad – Adult Reconstruction (New England Baptist Hospital- Boston)
Joseph Styron – Upper Extremity (University of Pittsburgh- Pittsburgh)
Seth Richman – Foot and Ankle (Union Memorial Hospital- Baltimore)
Joel Kolmodin – Pediatrics (Cleveland Clinic- Cleveland)
Eva Asomugha, MD – Fellowship: Foot & Ankle (Union Memorial Hospital - Baltimore)
Keith Bachmann, MD – Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics (Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego)
G. Bradley Bookatz, MD - Fellowship: Sports Medicine (Emory University - Atlanta)
Lionel Gottschalk, MD – Fellowship: Sports Medicine (University of Colorado - Denver)
Jeffrey Johnston, MD – Fellowship: Sports Medicine (Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group)
Michael Scarcella, MD – US Navy
Nicholas Ting, MD - Fellowship: Adult Reconstruction (OrthoCarolina)
Nicholas Arnold, MD
Hometown Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bilal Mahmood, MD
Hometown Smithton, Illinois
Sameer Oak, MD
Hometown Troy, Michigan
Deepak Ramanathan, MD
Hometown Cary, North Carolina
Prem N. Ramkumar, MD, MBA
Hometown Beverly Hills, California
Inyang Jr. Udo-Inyang, MD
Hometown Lagos, Nigeria
Ryan J. Berger, MD
Hometown Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Uche Davidson, MD
Hometown Lagos, Nigeria
Haariss Ilyas, MD
Hometown Homewood, Illinois
Marcelo B P Siqueira, MD
Hometown Brasilia, Brazil
Peter Surace, MD
Hometown Cleveland, Ohio
Erica Umpierrez, MD
Hometown Atlanta, Georgia
Anthony Egger, MD
Hometown St. Louis, Missouri
Megan Flynn, MD
Hometown South Bend, Indiana
Joshua Lawrenz, MD
Hometown Wheaton, Illinois
Jonas Reid, MD
Hometown Easton, Pennsylvania
Anas Saleh, MD
Hometown Amman, Jordan
M. Derek Vaughn, MD
Hometown Benton, Kentucky
Kevin Bigart, MD
Hometown Naperville, Illinois
Reid Chambers, DO
Hometown San Diego, California
Jason Ho, MD
Hometown Farmington, Utah
Jennifer Peterson, MD
Hometown Sterling, Virginia
Rachel Randall, MD
Hometown Fremont, Ohio
Aaron Taylor, MD
Hometown Southfield, Michigan
Timothy Wagner, MD
Hometown Rochester, New York
David Brigati, MD
Hometown Fort Worth, Texas
Vahid Entezari, MD MMSc
Hometown Urmia, Iran
Patrick G. Marinello, MD
Hometown Albany, New York
Dan Mesko, DO
Hometown Mason, Michigan
Michael P. Silverstein, MD
Hometown Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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 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 is shared between the Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery services at Main Campus. Hand call is taken in typical 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.
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.
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:
|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|
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.
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 – 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 – Pediatric Orthopaedics (Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Akron)
Akron is a valuable experience for our PGY-2’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 – 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 - 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 Facility.
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. Call remains approximately Q5 days.
2 Months - Pediatric Orthopaedics
Your PGY-3 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 - 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 at and 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.
2 Months - Sports Medicine
As a chief resident on the sports service, you will have more and more operative involvement with numerous surgical sports cases.
2 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
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 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 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.
This conference occurs once per month, and is given by visiting surgeons and group staff from each sub-specialty. 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 (second Wednesday), and revolves around those complications and unplanned re-admissions for the previous 30-day period. Residents involved with the cases present 5-10 minutes, including any pertinent 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. Overall speaking, this is an incredibly benign environment, with a cordial atmosphere intent on learning, not on bemoaning.
Service Specific Conferences
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.
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.
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.
Residents attend Saturday conferences 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.
General orthopaedics journal clubs occur about 10 times per year, rotating through the various sub-specialty discipline topics. Typically 4-5 articles are selected for presentation (by the research resident and staff), and presented in a short 5-minute synopsis by PGY-1 thru PGY-3 residents. The rest of the time is open to interactive discussion, with multiple staff present during each journal club. Depending on the season of the year, different venues are utilized. In the summer/spring/fall, journal clubs are typically at staff homes, with recreational activities surrounding the discussions including 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 toward increasing resident apprehension of recent literature, and learning how to critically analyze a variety of journal literature pertaining to orthopaedic practice.
There are two opportunities for wet lab dissection and surgical practice outside the operating room.
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.
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.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery pays for each resident to receive subscriptions to JBJS-American, JBJS-British, JAAOS (Yellow Journal), and the Journal of Sports Medicine. Further journal subscriptions are readily available in the resident reading room (located in the A41 orthopaedic offices building), including other such well-known journals as Journal of Trauma, CORR, or Spine.
Resident CORE Reading List
The residency program has implemented 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.
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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. Other than as noted above, Cleveland Clinic has no additional requirements over and above ERAS. Two recommendation letters are sufficient, however, applicants may submit up to four letters. Completion of the Cleveland Clinic Application for Residency/Fellowship is not required until such time as you match at Cleveland Clinic.
Residency Application Screening and Interview Committee
The application screening process begins in late October, with interview target dates being offered in mid-November for the December interviews, and in early December for the January interviews. Update emails via ERAS are sent out to applicants periodically through the screening process, including invitations for interview scheduling.
Applications are screened by a group of 10-12 staff and resident volunteers, with about 50-60 applicants being 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, meeting attendance, iPads, etc.
Each year, the department allots for 3 meeting days that are reserved 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 most residents choose to attend early in the PGY-2 year. This meeting is completely funded by the department (all expenses paid), in addition to the allotted education funds for each individual resident.
As chief residents, the department will pay for each resident to attend one Board Review Course. Most popular, are either the AAOS course (Chicago), or the Maine Review Course. These meeting days for the Board review course do not count against the "3-day" meeting allotment for the chief year.
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 are allotted 3 weeks (15 days) of vacation time during the PGY-2 through PGY-5 years. Typically, residents are able to find peer coverage so that the "bookend" weekends are also available, though this is up to the resident requesting vacation to setup well in advance. These 15 days do not include the Holiday Block (see above), which typically is an additional 5-6 days free from clinical duties. Vacation days may be taken in any sized blocks, and do not need to be taken in one-week increments. All vacation times must be cleared with the chief resident presiding over a lower-level resident's respective service.
As interns, you are allotted 3 weeks of vacation time, with an additional week "off" to work in the microsurgical rat lab. Due to the rules of the General Surgery Department, 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, with "first priority" requests being honored the vast majority of the time.
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 about 70% to 80% of the staff physicians attending games regularly. In addition the 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.
During the research year, as well as during the senior level rotation years, the opportunity to moonlight is open for each individual resident. This is set up at the individual's discretion and effort, and must factor into the 80-hour work week regulation. It cannot detract from prior resident obligations to Cleveland Clinic's program, and is seen as a privilege, not a right. You must obtain a full Ohio medical license.
On Call Meals
Meals can be purchased with the swipe of the employee badge. Those residents with in-house call responsibility will have their meals pain for by the GME department, with 3 meals included during each call. In addition to the multi-ethnicity cafeteria at Cleveland Clinic's main campus, other options for dining include 2 separate Au Bon Pains (24-hr), Starbucks, McDonald's, La Salsa and sushi restaurants.
All Cleveland Clinic residents are granted free membership to the Walker Fitness Center, located across the street from the main outpatient clinic building on Cleveland Clinic's main campus. This facility, recently renovated in 2009, is comprised of a state of the art free weight facility, aerobic exercise rooms, meter pool, basketball courts, indoor track, and multiple class offerings. Alternatively, some residents choose to pay for membership at facilities closer to their homes, including Bally's, Lifetime Fitness, or Urban Active. Cleveland Clinic does have a health initiative program to aid with partial reimbursement for these monthly membership fees.
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. The base health insurance plan (including families and spouses) is of no charge to the resident. Additional eye or dental coverage may be added for a nominal cost. Co-pays typically range between $10 for a PCP visit, $25 for a specialty visit, and $50 for an ED visit.
Please refer to Cleveland Clinic's GME website for further information regarding yearly salary. The salaries are graduated on an annual basis, and are in accordance with all other Cleveland Clinic residency program standards.
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.