A Message from the Chair
Our mission is to provide the highest quality patient care in an academic community that fosters an outstanding educational experience for our residents, and supports the pursuit of new scientific knowledge that will ultimately improve our treatment of musculoskeletal disease.
We provide a balanced educational exposure to all disciplines within the field of orthopaedics. Although the majority of our graduates continue their education in the most outstanding fellowships in the country, we graduate residents who are able to function competently and independently as general orthopaedic surgeons, and that will possess an intellectual curiosity and continued quest for knowledge that will promote the “life long learning” necessary for clinical excellence throughout their careers. Our faculty model and expect our residents to provide compassionate care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable.
Residents work with the faculty in the clinic and operating room to participate in the continuum of care of patients with the entire spectrum of adult and pediatric musculoskeletal disorders. The vast majority of the resident educational experience occurs at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, the only Level 1 trauma center for both adult and pediatric orthopaedics in Pennsylvania. In January, 2009, our residency program was granted the maximum 5 year re-accreditation from the Residency Review Committee of the ACGME, and we were also approved to increase our program from four to five residents per year. Many of our faculty have pursued additional training in the principles of adult learning, serving to further enhance the educational experience of our residents.
Residents are required to complete at least one clinical or basic science research project that is submitted for publication during their training, and may apply for up to 3 months off to accomplish this. In addition, residents have the opportunity to take one year off during their training to pursue a funded one year Post Baccalaureate Program in Academic Medicine.
Regardless of your ultimate career aspirations, we are committed to your growth and development and helping you become an outstanding orthopaedist. We appreciate your interest in our program and welcome the opportunity to share in your personal growth during your orthopaedic residency education.
Kevin P. Black, M.D.
C. McCollister Evarts Professor
Chair, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation