Friday~ Jan. 17, 2014
|Ortho Resident’s Office, Medical Park 2|
Frederick N. Meyer, M.D., Professor and Chair
Medical Park 2, 251-665-8251
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 special interest, such as hand surgery, sports medicine, joint replacement, spine, foot and ankle and pediatric orthopaedic 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 must 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 for most of their patients. They 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, although not impossible, for students in the lower two-thirds of their class to get into orthopaedic surgery residency programs. 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.