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 base hospitals of Kennedy Health System, Cooper University Hospital, South Jersey Healthcare Systems, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children and the Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County. Through these hospitals our residents are exposed to multiple facets of orthopedics including musculoskeletal trauma, joint reconstruction and arthroplasty, hand surgery, arthroscopic surgery, sports medicine, spine surgery, foot and ankle surgery as well as 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 module-based format with orthopedic topics covered over a repeating curriculum. Learning is facilitated through guest lectures, text review, journal clubs, multimedia presentations, directed OITE review and individual research projects. Weekly conferences are mandatory for all residents and often attended by interested students, interns and attending surgeons. Conferences are presented in the University Doctor's Pavilion, weekly on Wednesdays at RowanSOM, Stratford.
Residents are required to attend specific educational courses during their training years which include Functional Anatomy, Orthopedic Pathology, Basic AO Fracture Course, American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics mid-year or annual meeting and the American Academy of Osteopathic 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