The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) provides diverse training opportunities to its residents across a five year program beginning with a linked orthopedic internship (OGME-IR). Approved for 25 positions, the Program divides its operative and clinical experiences between our parent hospital, Kennedy Health System, and additional facilities to include Cooper University Hospital, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. Residents are exposed to multiple facets of orthopedic surgery, to include musculoskeletal trauma; joint reconstruction and arthroplasty; hand surgery; shoulder and elbow surgery; spine; foot and ankle;, orthopedic oncology and pediatric orthopedics. The rotations not only provide abundant exposure to both the outpatient and operative treatment of the patient with musculoskeletal issues, but also allow close contact with both academic and community orthopedic surgeons.
The academic program at the RowanSOM Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program is a sub-specialty based format with orthopedic topics covered over a curriculum spanning 2 years. Learning is facilitated through guest lectures, text review, journal clubs, directed OITE review and weekly Grand Rounds in cooperation with the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Weekly conferences are mandatory for all residents and often attended by interested students, interns and attending surgeons. Conferences occur at the Rothman Institute in Marlton, NJ every Monday evening.
Residents are required to attend specific educational courses during their training years to include Functional Anatomy, Orthopedic Pathology, Basic AO Fracture Course, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics mid-year or annual meeting and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting. Other courses or conferences of interest can be attended upon approval of the Program Director.
The training experience provided by the RowanSOM Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is diverse in its approach of providing a future orthopedic surgeon with a solid foundation for future practice. The focus is first on providing outstanding patient care by applying the basics of critical thinking and evidence-based decision making. This, taken with clinical experience and a commitment to the personal nature of patient care, prepares the Orthopedic Resident with the competencies necessary to master the challenges of practice and those of the evolving science and art that is Orthopedic Surgery.
The mission of the Rowan University SOM Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is to graduate individuals who will consistently demonstrate the finest values of our profession. The program demonstrates an aggressive tempo to provide the resident an outstanding academic, clinical, surgical and research foundation in an environment that employs the Socratic method to stimulate critical thinking.