As a resident in the University of South Alabama Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, you will reap the benefits of private programs as you have the option to rotate with a variety of nearby orthopaedic groups. We feel that this is one of the highlights of our program as you will be exposed to both the academic and private practice aspects of orthopaedic surgery.
Two of the local groups that we spend the most time with are the Alabama Orthopaedic Clinic and The Orthopaedic Group. Both of these groups operate at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center, which is located next door to USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Many of the surgeons in these groups have close ties with our program as several are alumni. They are more than eager to have residents rotate on their services, and they frequently attend our weekly Grand Rounds and monthly Journal Club meetings.
During the third year, residents are given two months to participate in either a local private sports rotation or rotate with Dr. James Andrews at The Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Both yield fantastic exposure to current and upcoming advances in the field of sports medicine.
During the fourth year, the University Joint and Reconstruction senior resident is given an extra one to two days per week of operative time with private attending physicians. This rotation yields four operative days per week of academic and private reconstruction cases. This gives our residents a chance to participate and become familiar with many of the different approaches, techniques, and implants for hip and knee surgery.
The chief year provides a private spine rotation for four months and a private pediatric rotation for two months. Operative yield is high on both rotations. Another two months are designated as elective months, where you will have the freedom to operate in your field of interest.
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