Department of OrthopaedicS

Orthopaedics Resident Program

Mission Statement
The mission of the Orthopaedics Residency Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Orthopaedics is to provide a superior academic and clinical education in orthopaedic surgery, to provide superb orthopaedic care to all patients who come to the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, to provide the orthopaedic resident with an understanding of orthopaedic research, and to foster an attitude of lifelong learning and teaching. 

Program Description
The Medical University of South Carolina Orthopaedic Residency Training Program is under the direction of John A. Glaser, M.D., Professor of Orthopaedics and Program Director. Vincent D. Pellegrini, Jr., M.D., Professor and Chairman of Orthopaedics.

The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in the subspecialties of orthopaedics.  During the five years of the residency program the resident will develop their clinical and surgical skills by working closely with faculty members in providing patient care and conducting research.   The resident will be given increased responsibility for assessing musculoskeletal problems and developing appropriate care plans.  Clinical practice will be supplemented with a comprehensive academic program, clinical conferences, and self-directed resident study.  The learning environment is organized to encourage inquiry and develop new knowledge.  Participation in research activities is required throughout the five-year program and specific research project goals are assigned to residents.

The Department of Orthopaedics provides training for three new residents each year.  Time is devoted throughout the program to gaining practical experience in subspecialties while refining diagnostic and surgical skills. Pediatric orthopaedics, joint replacement surgery, spinal surgery, fractures, polytrauma, foot and ankle, sports medicine, hand surgery prosthetics and amputations, and orthopaedic oncology are some of the areas in which residents train. Training sites include the Medical University Hospital, MUSC Children's Hospital, and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

The training program gives residents a balanced experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Approximately 35 percent of surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures. Faculty see patients at Rutledge Tower, the MUSC Musculoskeletal Institute in West Ashley, Medical Arts Plaza in Mt. Pleasant, and at two Charleston Hand Group Locations.

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