Orthopaedic Residency Training Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Residency Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Department of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine is to provide a superior academic and clinical education in orthopaedics, to provide the orthopaedic resident with an experiential understanding of orthopaedic research, to foster an attitude of lifelong learning and teaching, and to provide the graduating resident with the knowledge and experience to undertake the unsupervised practice of orthopaedics.

Program Description

The Medical University of South Carolina Orthopaedic Residency Training Program is under the direction of Harris S. Slone, M.D., Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Assistant Program Director.

MUSC Orthopaedic Residency is an ACGME fully accredited residency program with 4 residents each year. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in all of the subspecialties of orthopaedics. During the five years of the residency program, the resident will develop clinical and surgical skills by working closely with faculty members in providing patient care and conducting research. The learning environment is organized to encourage inquiry and develop new knowledge. Clinical and academic structures are aligned such that each resident is prepared to pass the ABOS Part 1 exam, and is capable of independent orthopaedic surgical practice at the completion of the residency. The MUSC Orthopaedics Faculty practice and residency program cover all aspects of practice including pediatric orthopaedics, total joint replacement, spinal surgery, fractures and polytrauma, foot and ankle, sports medicine, hand surgery, prosthetics and amputations, physiatry and orthopaedic oncology. Training sites include the MUSC University Hospital, MUSC Children’s Hospital, Ralph Johnson VA Medical Center, and a community rotation with private practice surgeons at Roper and St. Francis Hospitals in Charleston.

The resident will be afforded increased responsibility for assessing musculoskeletal problems and developing appropriate care plans based on demonstrated competency. Clinical education will be supplemented with a comprehensive academic program, clinical conferences, and self-directed resident study. Participation in research activities is required throughout the five-year program and specific research project goals are assigned to residents. Rotations are structured to increase the breadth and depth of understanding in treatment of various orthopaedic conditions. Senior residents will have additional opportunities to further refine their knowledge through teaching.

The Department of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine adheres to the ethical standards and practice guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. One of the major goals of the program is to instill in the residents, by example and study, this code of ethics.

Recruitment & Appointment

Applications for the Orthopaedic Residency shall be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The application process involves the online application and an in-person interview. If the applicant matches to the program and fulfills the institutional requirements for residency, the applicant will be appointed to the residency. The appointment is reviewed and renewed annually by the Program Director and the Clinical Competency Committee if the resident performance is deemed acceptable; the committee will request appointment for the following year with the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Resident evaluation criteria are a culmination of materials including 360 Evaluations, ACGME milestone evaluations, and results of bi-annual meetings between the Resident and Program Director. In the bi-annual meeting, the Program Director will review feedback from rotating Faculty and others. Discussions will focus on strengths and areas for improvement.

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program uses the same criteria for the selection and appointment of residents as is outlined in the GME Policy & Resident Handbook. The program selects residents from eligible candidates based on residency related criteria such as preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, and communication skills. The program does not discriminate with regard to gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other applicable legally protected status. In selecting from qualified candidates, the program will participate in and abide by the rules and regulations established by the Electronic Residency Application Service and the National Residency Match Program.

The faculty of the Department of Orthopaedics and Physical Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina understand and promote the need to encourage women and underrepresented minorities to pursue a career in Orthopaedics. Enhancing diversity deepens the richness of the training environment and improves patient care by training orthopaedic surgeons who have been exposed to a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences.