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Residency Program

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Program Welcome from the Department Chair and Program Director

The Medical College of Wisconsin Orthopaedic Surgery Residency is a well-rounded experience with a premium on resident education. Our mission is to foster the development of orthopaedic residents into orthopaedic physicians who are clinically competent, academically minded, ethically upstanding, compassionate surgeons who will remain passionate about their profession. The educational philosophy is to provide the resident with an excellent learning environment, to foster adult and lifelong learning, and to provide role models of good orthopaedic surgeons. Our goal is to have our graduates be excellent general orthopaedic surgeons before any fellowship training. From its inception, this training program has been immersed in community orthopaedic surgery and this continues to be highly valued. The program has breadth and depth in all specialties with no need to go out of town as part of your training. An active Children’s Hospital and quality VA Hospital are part of the program in addition to the adult hospital and community rotations. The program has a long history of educating through graduated responsibility and introduction to a more “hands-on” experience from Day 1. The majority of service rotations take the resident through the divisions once as a junior and once as a senior resident. An elective rotation exists in the PG 4 and PG 5 year with most residents electing to rotate within the Milwaukee community in private practices. Several residents have elected national and international experiences.

David King, MD
Chair and Paul A. Jacobs, MD
Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery

Our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program has a long and successful tradition of turning out academically minded, technically competent orthopaedic surgeons who, at the time of graduation, are capable of immediately stepping into the general practice of orthopaedic surgery. Our residency program provides both a team based as well as a one-on-one educational experience with all clinical rotations within a 10-mile radius. Our faculty are extremely approachable, which creates a collegial work environment for our residents. Milwaukee is an unexpectedly diverse, charming and affordable place to live. The urban and suburban geography of Milwaukee allows for a diverse clinical training experience and a personal cultural experience. Our residents are a tight knit group of young physicians who create life-long friendships while they are here.

Carole S. Vetter, MD
Program Director

Program Overview

The orthopaedic surgery education at the Medical College of Wisconsin has a long and successful tradition. Our goal is to provide a well-monitored academic environment for achieving excellence in the diagnostic, cognitive, therapeutic, and technical skills essential in the treatment of congenital, acquired, traumatic, infectious, and degenerative diseases and conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system.

The orthopaedic program places a strong emphasis on mentoring. The resident will be exposed to the entire spectrum of orthopaedic specialties, and participate in the practice of both general and sub-specialized orthopaedics in both academic and private practice settings.

Graded responsibility is present throughout the training years providing residents with opportunities for decision-making, clinical care, and surgical experience. These broad experiences prepare our residents for outstanding careers in either academics or private practice orthopaedics.

Specialty services at Froedtert Hospital include Spine, Hand and Upper Extremity, Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Oncology, Adult Reconstruction, Foot and Ankle, and Orthopaedic Trauma. Specialty services at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin include Congenital Foot and Hand Deformities, Hip Dysplasia, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Scoliosis, Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma, and Sports Medicine.

Year 1
PGY-I residents spend one-month rotations on general trauma surgery, vascular surgery, orthopaedic medicine consult, plastic surgery, radiology, surgical intensive care unit, orthopaedic bioskills, orthopaedic hand & upper extremity, general orthopaedics at the VA medical center, pediatric orthopaedics, and two months of the adult orthopaedic/trauma surgery.

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Year 2
PGY-II residents spend 10 weeks each on the orthopaedic trauma service, pediatric orthopaedic service, hand and upper extremity service, sports medicine service and adult reconstruction service.

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Year 3
PGY-III residents spend 10 weeks each on the oncology service, foot and ankle service, spine service, and 20 weeks (2 separate 10 week rotations) at the VA medical center.

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Year 4
PGY-IV residents spend 10 weeks each on the orthopaedic trauma service, pediatric orthopaedic service, hand and upper extremity service, and an elective rotation at a local private hospital of their choice.

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Year 5
PGY-V residents spend 10 weeks each on the orthopaedic trauma service, the pediatric orthopaedic service, the VA medical center, sports medicine service, and an elective rotation at a local private hospital of their choice.

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