School of Health and Medical Sciences
Program Overview

Nicholas Andry coined the word "orthopaedics," derived from the Greek words for "correct" or "straight" ("orthos") and "child" ("paidion"), in 1741, when he published Orthopaedia: Or the Art of Correcting and Preventing Deformities in Children. The branch of surgery concerned with acute, chronic, traumatic and overuse injuries of the musculoskeletal system, orthopaedic surgery addresses such ailments as arthritis, trauma and congenital deformities using both surgical and non-surgical means.

Recognizing the need for orthopaedic services in the provision of healthcare services in the United States, the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University offers the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program.

The program, which has 15 total positions available (three for each year), is divided over post-graduate years (PGY) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Participating hospitals and healthcare settings include:

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program provides a well-integrated experience with abundant clinical instruction and a balanced experience in trauma, reconstructive surgery, children's orthopaedics, spine/scoliosis surgery, oncology, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery and arthroscopy/sports medicine. Basic science is incorporated into all five years.

The first year of residency is the Pre-Orthopaedic PGY-1 year, which begins with six months of non-orthopaedic rotations in which the educational focus centers on general patient care. The second half of the year is then devoted to introducing residents to the basics of orthopaedic surgery. This is purposefully designed so that residents may develop a broad general medicine knowledge-base as well as a clinical orthopaedic knowledge-base.

PGY-2 junior residents spend the entire year with the orthopaedic team, focusing on general orthopaedics, trauma, hand surgery and spine surgery. Throughout the year, emphasis is placed on the development of history-taking and physical skills, as well as the development of appropriate diagnostic and treatment plans. Rudimentary surgical skills, including pre- and post-operative patient care, continue to be developed. Residents will have the ability to attend the A.O. Basic Principles of Fracture Management course this year.

PGY-3 residents gain increased responsibility and autonomy for patient care on operative and non-operative cases. Residents will rotate on the general orthopaedics, hand surgery and pediatric orthopaedic services. An off-site four-month pediatric orthopaedic surgery rotation at Alfred I. DuPont Hospital occurs during this year. At DuPont, residents will rotate with residents from other programs, including Thomas Jefferson University, Mt. Sinai St. Luke's and Georgetown University. PGY-3 residents spend one afternoon each week managing the adult general orthopaedic clinic and will have the opportunity to attend the A.O. Advanced Principles of Fracture Management course.

PGY-4 residents spend the majority of the year with the adult reconstruction and sports medicine teams. Each fourth-year resident will spend three months on the orthopaedic oncology service at Hackensack University Medical Center under the guidance of James Wittig, M.D. Fourth year residents are expected to begin assuming the duties of chief residents as the year progresses, including running fracture rounds each morning and coordinating case coverage. It is during this year that residents apply for a fellowship of interest.

PGY-5 senior residents serve as chief residents in charge of the orthopaedic service, executing all major orthopaedic procedures with their own assigned patients, and act as first assistant on various surgeries with the attending. The mechanics of running a private practice are also highlighted. Structured time is set aside to allow for licensing board exam preparation, at which point the PGY-4's begin to assume chief resident responsibilities.

Dedicated to providing residents with a quality learning experience, Seton Hall boasts a faculty of highly educated surgeons, most having trained in highly renowned residencies and fellowships around the country.

For more information on the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Seton Hall University, review the program requirements and apply today.

Program Director:
Vincent McInerney, M.D.

(973) 754-2926

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