Overview

Overview

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!

2017

  • 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)

2018

  • 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)
Residents

Residents

PGY-1 Residents

Morad Chughtai MD

Morad Chughtai, MD

  • Hometown: Fairfax, VA
  • Undergraduate Education: American University of Antigua
  • Medical School: American University of Antigua College of Medicine

Sania Mahmood MD

Sania Mahmood, MD

  • Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
  • Undergraduate Education: University of Maryland
  • Graduate Education: Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Masters in Medical Science: Drexel University
  • Interests: Traveling, running, power yoga, spending time with family

Erin Ohliger MD

Erin Ohliger, MD

  • Hometown: Amherst, OH
  • Undergraduate Education: Kent State University
  • Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine
  • Interests: Running, kayaking, golf, dogs, travel

Alexander Roth MD

Alexander Roth, MD

  • Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
  • Undergraduate Education: Miami University
  • Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Interests: Golf, Cincinnati Bengals football, cooking

Nicholas Scarcella MD

Nicholas Scarcella, MD

  • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
  • Undergraduate Education: Baldwin Wallace College
  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Interests: Weight lifting, Football and South Park

PGY-2 Residents

Nicholas Arnold, MD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PGY-6 Clinical Interest

David Brigati, MD

David Brigati, MD

  • Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
  • Undergraduate: Washington University, St. Louis (BS in Biomedical Engineering)
  • Medical School: University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Interests: Vinyl turntable DJing, ice hockey, agility dog training, traveling
  • Clinical Interest: 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).

Euclid and Lutheran Hospital

Euclid call is taken as home-call and split between the PGY-2 and PGY-4 on that rotation. Lutheran home call is split among the PGY-3 residents on Spine, Hand, Sports and Foot and Ankle as well as the PGY-4 at Lutheran.

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.

Main Campus Call

Main campus Orthopaedic call is split Sunday-Friday into Day Call and Night Call blocks. Weekday Day call is 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday Day call is 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and covered by a PGY-3 resident. The frequency of weekday Day call is based on your rotation and seniority and covered by a PGY-1 or PGY-2 resident divided among 5-7 residents. A typical week has no more than 2 day calls per resident.  The night float resident takes call Sunday-Thursday nights, and Friday nights are covered by a PGY-1 with a PGY-4 in-house backup.  Saturday is a 24-hour call split between PGY-2 residents.  Main Campus call is for all Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic consults. Spine and Hand consults are divided as described above.

Resident Sign-Out

Starts at 6 a.m. - 6:30 a.m. weekday mornings depending on the day.

Typical Call Week

A typical Main Campus orthopaedic call week looks like the following:

Day of Week Day Call Night Call
Sunday PGY-3 PGY-2 (Night Float)
Monday PGY-1 or 2 PGY-2 (Night Float)
Tuesday PGY-1 or 2 PGY-2 (Night Float)
Wednesday PGY-1 or 2 PGY-2 (Night Float)
Thursday PGY-1 or 2 PGY-2 (Night Float)
Friday PGY-1 or 2 PGY1 Joints + PGY4
Saturday PGY-2 (24 hr.) PGY-2 (24 hr.)

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 clinic and OR coverage will be handled by half the residents rotating at those hospitals. This allows the other half of residents participating in the Holiday block to have 4-5 consecutive days off.

Rounding

During the week, each resident carries their own “individual” service, responsible for the patients they cared for in the operating room. This rule applies to senior level residents and chief residents as well. Overnight call admissions and consult patients typically are distributed based on 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. There are also PAs and NPs available to assist with daytime floor issues at Main campus and the regional hospitals.  Their expertise is available to help with complex medical issues, pre-operative optimization and post-operative management.

Rotation Schedule

Rotation Schedule

PGY-1 (Intern Year)

6 Months Orthopaedic Surgery

Two months are spent at Metro Health Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center.  The remaining four months are spent at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus working on the adult reconstruction (arthroplasty) service.  You will have significant operative time on both services with occasional call responsibilities.  When you are assigned operative responsibilities, you will have minimal floor responsibilities so your focus can be directed to your surgical experience.

6 Months Non-Orthopaedic Surgery

The remaining six months consist of rotations on the following services:  Neurosurgery Spine (2 months), Surgical ICU, Infectious Disease, Plastic Surgery and General Surgery Trauma at MetroHealth.

PGY-2

2 Months - Pediatric Orthopaedics (Main Campus)

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

2 Months – Muskuloskeletal Oncology (Main Campus)

You will be working with the PGY-4 on the Tumor service under two fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Oncologists.  Your time will be primarily spent at the Main Campus operating and seeing patients in office and inpatient realm.  You will be highly involved in the care of these complex patients on the floor, in the clinic and in the operating room.  You will be exposed to musculoskeletal tumor surgery principles and adult reconstruction techniques.  Every Monday, there is a multidisciplinary tumor conference you are expected to attend that includes pathologists, radiologists, oncologists and radiation oncologists who review complex and interesting cases.

2 Months – Shoulder (Euclid Hospital)

This rotation is essentially a mentorship based model with Dr. Eric Ricchetti, one of our fellowship-trained shoulder surgeons.  Your cases will include shoulder arthroplasty, shoulder arthroscopy, fracture fixation and complex revision surgery.  You will learn the basics of open and arthroscopic shoulder surgery and key physical exam techniques. You will also spend one day each week in the operating room with our Institute Chairman, Dr. Joseph Iannotti.

2 Months - Night Float (Main Campus)

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

2 Months – Orthopaedic Trauma (MetroHealth Medical Center)

You will be part of a team-based system at this Level 1 Trauma Center.   As a PGY-2, you will be on service with several Orthopaedic Traumatologists.  Your cases will include all types of musculoskeletal trauma of both the upper and lower extremities.  You will also be exposed to Spine trauma and have the opportunity to scrub elective reconstruction and sports cases.  Call at Metro is roughly every 5 days.

2 Months – Sports Medicine

Your Sports rotation is an apprenticeship based experience with one of our fellowship- trained Sports staff.  You will be exposed to the full gamut of arthroscopic procedures with primary emphasis on knee arthroscopy and reconstruction as well as shoulder arthroscopy.  You will have the opportunity to participate in hip, ankle and elbow arthroscopic and open procedures.  This rotation occurs at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center.  Additionally, there is a weekly Sports didactic conference to support and enhance your Sports experience.

PGY-3

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

This is a valuable experience for our PGY-3 residents as they work with 7 pediatric orthopaedic staff at Akron Children’s Hospital where the volume of pediatric trauma is high.  In addition, you have the opportunity to scrub on a wide variety of general pediatric orthopaedic cases.

2 Months - Foot & Ankle

You will work with three foot and ankle surgeons while on this rotation.  Your time will be spent at Euclid, Lutheran, Marymount and Main Campus depending on the staff you are 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 on the service.  You will encounter all types of elective foot and ankle cases to include ankle arthroplasty and fracture cases while on this rotation.

2 Months - Hand (Main Campus)

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 in the 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 - Spine (Lutheran Hospital)

The PGY-3 spine rotation is primarily a mentorship rotation with Dr. Doug Orr. This service has an added emphasis on adult deformity correction and diagnostic/therapeutic decision making with revision procedure.  You will have the opportunity to see a variety of primary and complex spine cases in the operating room and in the clinic.

2 Months - Orthopaedic Trauma (MetroHealth Medical Center)

As a PGY-3, you return to Metro 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 - Adult Reconstruction (Main Campus)

As a PGY-3 “Joints” resident, you return to the Main Campus Joints team in a primarily operative role.  Your assignments will be with same surgeons each week to provide continuity and a semi-mentorship based experience.  Cases will include primary total hip and knee replacement, revision hip and knee replacement as well as trauma cases with one of our Orthopaedic Traumatologists.  The experience will be primarily based in the operating room and inpatient wards with minimal responsibility in the outpatient clinic. 

PGY-4

2 Months - Muskuloskeletal Oncology (Main Campus)

Your PGY-4 oncology rotation is a mentorship model. You will be immersed in the entire diagnostic and therapeutic process, beginning with a weekly multi-disciplinary conference, following the patient through clinic to the operating suite and back through clinic again in the post-operative period. You will be in charge of the service, manage the PGY2 on service and assign appropriate cases to each team member. You will also have the opportunity to scrub cases with our Orthopaedic Oncologists at Lutheran and Euclid Hospitals during this rotation.

2 Months - Adult Reconstruction (Euclid Hospital)

This is a mentorship rotation with Dr. Peter Brooks.  As such, you will be working in a high-volume, high-efficiency setting with exposure to primary and revision hip and knee replacements and hip resurfacing.   You will also have the administrative responsibility of coordinating with the PGY2 to effectively manage all hospital and emergency room consults.

2 Months - Lutheran Hospital

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

2 Months - Pediatric Orthopaedics

As the PGY-4 on the Pediatrics service, you are the senior resident responsible for managing the manpower on the service.  You will have exposure to all the same staff and pediatric procedures as during the PGY-2 year.

2 Months - Sports Medicine

As the PGY-4 on Sports, you are the Chief of the service and responsible for all weekly scheduling. During this rotation, you have the opportunity to work in a mentorship role with any number of the Sports surgeons to hone your skills in hip, knee, elbow and shoulder arthroscopy as well as participate in complex open shoulder, knee and elbow reconstructive and cartilage cases. You will also spend time in the clinic with the same attending to create continuity over the course of the rotation. The majority of cases are done at our Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Surgery Center.

2 Months - Hand

As the PGY-4 on Hand, you are the Chief of the service and responsible for the scheduling of fellows and residents.  You will be exposed to cases extending from fingertip to shoulder with all of our Hand and Upper Extremity staff.  Case diversity will be the same as during the PGY-3 rotation where will you spend time both in the clinic and operating room.

PGY-5

2 Months - Adult Reconstruction

As the chief on the joints service, you are the glue that holds everything together. The chief is responsible for organizing the clinic and OR assignments for all joints residents and fellows for Main Campus. The chief also plays a crucial role in making sure all joints call 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 at Lutheran are able to scrub hip and knee replacements or more general cases per their interest.  A high volume of primary hip and knee replacements are done here and this rotation includes exposure to robotic techniques and vast general orthopaedic procedures.There is ample flexibility during this rotation to tailor to each resident’s specific interests. 

2 Months - Shoulder (Main Campus)

As the Chief Resident on shoulder, you are responsible for ensuring the clinics and operating rooms are appropriately staffed by fellows and residents for the week. You will work with our Institute Chairman, Dr. Joseph Iannotti, for his clinic and operative days and have the opportunity to spend time with Dr. Eric Ricchetti, our other fellowship-trained shoulder surgeon.  Cases include primary and revision shoulder arthroplasty, shoulder arthroscopy, humerus and clavicle fractures, and complex scapular pathology.  One day per week is dedicated to administrative and research activities during this rotation.

 4 Months -Trauma

As the Chief resident on Trauma, you work in a mentorship model with one of our fellowship trained Traumatologists, Dr. Damien Billow at Main Campus and Hillcrest Hospital (a Level II trauma center).  Your cases will include both upper and lower extremity trauma as well as elective nonunion and deformity cases.  You will have no additional call responsibility outside of standard Chief call duties and will spend one day a week with Dr. Billow in the clinic in addition to his operative days.

 4 Months - Chief Elective

Elective time during the chief year has been spent in many different ways depending on a resident’s individual interests. Some residents stay in Cleveland to spend more time in a particular subspecialty, while others have done international rotations, European AO fellowships, etc. There is also an opportunity to pursue adult reconstructive, sports, foot and shoulder rotations at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston.

Education

Education

Didactics/Conferences

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

Oncology
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.

Pediatrics
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.

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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. Three recommendation letters are required. Interview dates for 2017-2018 are: 

  • Tuesday, December 5, 2017 (Afternoon)
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 (Morning)
  • Thursday, January 4, 2018 (Afternoon)
  • Friday, January 5, 2018 (Morning)
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 (Afternoon)
  • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 (Morning)

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.

Benefits

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.

Vacation

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 $125 per game, with additional gas mileage reimbursement.

Moonlighting

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.

Payroll

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.