Thurs. ~ Jan. 28, 2016
|Ortho Resident’s Office, Medical Park 2|
Faculty Advisor to Senior Students
Professor and Interim Chair:
Dr. Angus McBryde
Dr. Angus McBryde has been named professor and interim chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. This appointment marks the second time Dr. McBryde has led the USA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He served as professor and chair at USA from 1991-1996.
Informal Description of the Clinical Discipline
Orthopaedic surgery focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of injured, deformed or diseased parts of the musculoskeletal system. Specialists in this field employ medicine, surgery and physical rehabilitation to restore normal function. Orthopaedic surgeons may engage in a broad practice or may focus on a narrower area of interest, such as hand, sports medicine, adult reconstruction, spine, foot and ankle, pediatrics, or trauma.
Specialists treat patients of all ages and both sexes, mostly on a short-term basis. Because many of their patients have been involved in accidents, orthopaedic surgeons often devote time to assessing disability in legal actions.
Orthopaedic surgeons are mechanically minded, fascinated by tools and gadgets, and enjoy “fixing things”. They find satisfaction in their ability to attain good results relatively quickly and believe their work is fun, challenging, worthwhile, and demanding. Orthopaedics is a dynamic field with constant updating of techniques and equipment.
Orthopaedics is an extremely competitive specialty. It is difficult for students in the lower 50% of their class to match in orthopaedic surgery. It is also important for students to have good board scores.
Upon completion of residency training, orthopaedists may choose to practice general orthopaedics or sub-specialize. There are numerous choices of orthopaedic sub-specialty fellowships, and good residents are very likely to attain a fellowship position in their sub-specialty field of interest
Currently, there are a variety of orthopaedics practice opportunities in almost any area of the country. Income may vary by region, but it is almost always lucrative.