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 Program Director.

MUSC Orthopaedic Residency is an ACGME fully accredited residency program with 5 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, Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, and ambulatory clinics in West Ashley, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston and Nexton in Summerville.

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.