Spine/Ortho Residency Program

Program Overview

Intern Year

The first year as an intern gives residents the opportunity to learn orthopaedics from the start. Half the year is dedicated to orthopaedic surgery and related specialties, including physical medicine and rehabilitation, rheumatology and musculoskeletal radiology. The remainder focuses on general surgery subspecialties relevant to orthopaedics, such as vascular surgery, trauma ICU, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, emergency medicine and pediatric surgery.

Orthopaedic interns are encouraged to attend orthopaedic Grand Rounds, teaching conferences and journal clubs. Interns also have sufficient time outside the hospital to explore everything that Portland and the beautiful surrounding areas have to offer.

PGY2-PGY5 Years

These years are dedicated to the study of orthopaedics. This part of the program is set up as a mentorship program, with each resident working with one to three attending physicians on each rotation. This helps individualize training and helps residents develop surgical skills.

Residents also have early exposure to the operating room to learn surgical skills. As an example of the number of procedures residents might do, one OHSU orthopaedics resident had 682 CPT codes recorded by the end of the R2 year. Most of these came from operating room cases; however, this number also included some fracture reductions and other minor procedures in the emergency department. Furthermore, the Department of Orthopaedics offers only one surgical fellowship, in spine surgery. This leaves a wide range of educational experiences open to residents only.

Our rotation cycle (see below) is designed to provide residents with exposure to all orthopaedic subspecialties by the end of their third year. This training is useful when residents are deciding whether to pursue fellowship training and in what specialty.

The OHSU orthopaedics residency includes a dedicated research rotation. Residents have protected time to focus on this important component of our resident education program.