Orthopaedic residents at Rush University Medical Center gain substantial experience in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of all orthopaedic pathologies. Our program emphasizes a graduated and customized learning experience for the young physician to prepare him or her to enter either private practice or academics.
Residents have clinical rotations in all major orthopaedic subspecialties. Rotations are 10 – 11 weeks long and residents rotate on five different services each year. All rotations consist of both inpatient and outpatient care. Residents provide care for patients on each service at the bedside, in the clinic as well as in the operating room. Our orthopaedic faculty educate our residents in all of these settings. Residents typically spend 1 – 2 days in clinic and 3 – 4 days in the operating room. In addition to the education received during patient care, residents actively participate in several weekly service-specific conferences led by our faculty.
In accordance with ACGME requirements, first year orthopaedic residents spend 6 months on orthopaedic services and 6 months on non-orthopaedic services. Each intern rotation is one month long and exposes our new residents to many different services in orthopaedic surgery. Interns play an integral role in managing patient care on the floor, in clinics, and in the operating room. The education interns receive on rotations is supplemented by the intern skills curriculum that is held throughout the year.
Interns complete rotations on the following services:
Residents complete rotations in all major orthopaedic subspecialties including trauma, adult reconstruction, sports medicine, spine, foot and ankle, tumor, pediatrics, and hand. A majority of rotations are at Rush University Medical Center and Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Residents also rotate at the Shriners Hospital of Chicago as well as at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago for pediatrics. For trauma, residents rotate at Rush University Medical Center (Level II), John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Level I), as well as with OrthoIllinois in Rockford Illinois. OrthoIllinois is a private practice that staffs several Level I trauma centers in Rockford, Illinois and the surrounding suburbs.
|PGY 2||PGY 3||PGY 4||PGY 5|
|Trauma & Tumor||Pediatric Trauma
|Trauma & Tumor|
|Adult Reconstruction||Adult Reconstruction||Pediatrics (Shriners)||Adult Reconstruction|
|Foot & Ankle||Hand||Hand||Foot & Ankle|
Chief residents have the unique opportunity to lead and organize the consult service at Rush. As part of their responsibilities they also staff their own senior fracture clinic under the guidance of our trauma surgeon, Dr. Joel Williams. A majority of consults are seen for follow-up in the fracture clinic and are indicated by the chief resident for surgery. The chief resident then will staff that operating room for the cases they indicated. This experience provides our residents with early exposure to managing their own practice.
Rush is a prolific orthopaedic department and the residency program continually benefits from the number of cases completed each year. Each year, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery completes over 10,000 operative cases in all orthopaedic subspecialties. Each graduating resident averages operating in over 2,000 cases over the course of their five years at Rush. Below is the average number of cases the Class of 2015 performed for each of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) required orthopaedic cases.
|Procedure||ACGME Minimum Requirement||Rush Class of 2015 Average (Range)|
|Knee Arthroscopy||30||155 (129 – 196)|
|Shoulder Arthroscopy||20||86 (66 – 132)|
|Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction||10||71 (62 – 91)|
|Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA)||30||66 (48 – 87)|
|Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)||30||122 (94 – 160)|
|Hip Fractures||30||44 (31 – 55)|
|Carpal Tunnel Release||10||54 (43 – 64)|
|Spine Decompression/Posterior Spinal Fusion||15||60 (51 – 76)|
|Ankle Fracture Fixation||15||75 (58 – 115)|
|Closed Reduction Forearm/Wrist Fractures||20||25 (20 – 32)|
|Ankle, Hindfoot, and Midfoot Arthodeses||5||15 (7 – 23)|
|Supracondylar Humerus Percutaneous Treatment||5||7 (5 – 11)|
|Operative Treatment of Femoral and Tibial Shaft Fractures||25||35 (26 – 41)|
|All Pediatric Procedures||200||244 (208 – 338)|
|All Oncology Procedures||10||63 (44 – 88)|