University of South Alabama


General Goals for the USA Orthopaedic Surgery Resident


During the five years of residency training at the University of South Alabama, you will study the prevention of musculoskeletal diseases, disorders, and injuries and their treatment by medical, surgical, and physical methods.


Through participation in clinical and didactic activities you will develop the knowledge, aptitude, and skills needed to formulate principles and assess, plan, and initiate treatment of adult orthopaedic problems, including joint reconstruction; pediatric orthopaedic problems, including pediatric trauma; trauma, including multi-system trauma; surgery of the spine, including disk surgery, spinal trauma, and spinal deformities; hand surgery; foot surgery in adults and children; athletic injuries, including arthroscopy, metastatic disease; and orthopaedic rehabilitation, including amputations and post-amputation care.


You will participate in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of patients with these orthopaedic conditions. In addition, you will learn orthopaedic oncology, rehabilitation of neurological injury and disease, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, orthotics and prosthetics, and the ethics of medical practice.


You will gain and demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognitive (epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.

Apply Skills

You will be able to demonstrate an investigatory and analytic thinking approach to clinical situations and know and apply the basic and clinically supportive sciences that are appropriate to orthopaedic surgery. You will learn to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. You will learn to investigate and evaluate your own patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence and improve your patient care practices. You will be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, your patients’ families, and professional associates. You will gain a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population. You will learn to become aware of and responsive to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value. You will gain progressive experience with these skills as you advance through your education in the USA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.


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