Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Overview

Prisma Health–Midlands and University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia annually offer three fully accredited five-year orthopedic surgery residency program positions.

Located in Columbia, South Carolina, the residency program boasts technically superior medical expertise along with a commitment to compassion and attention to detail. Orthopedic rotations include eight major subspecialties, each represented by no fewer than two faculty members. The rotations are based primarily at Prisma Health Richland Hospital and the Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center.

Rotations include:

  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Upper extremity
  • Sports medicine
  • Spine
  • Adult reconstruction
  • Foot and ankle
  • General orthopedics

Our program embraces five core values:

  1. Producing well-rounded physicians
  2. Providing a robust surgical experience
  3. Facilitating life-long learning
  4. Promoting professionalism
  5. Providing a breadth of clinical settings and educational opportunities to prepare graduates regardless of their career paths

About the residency program

Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center accounts for over 135,000 outpatient visits and over 7,000 surgical procedures each year. The faculty to resident ratio allows for one-on-one clinical and operative experiences, even for junior residents, promoting more rapid progression of responsibilities. The presence of multiple faculty within each subspecialty field allows for diversity of approach and opinion.

Additional resident education is provided through didactic educational conferences each morning at 6:30 a.m. The curriculum follows a two-year repeating cycle covering all sub-specialties. All residents will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge gains by taking the Orthopaedic in Training Examination (OITE) each November.

Within this didactic curriculum is embedded a yearly 9 week orthopedic anatomy course. This progresses through orthopedic anatomy by region, and includes specific education on physical exam, gross anatomy, surgical exposures, and adult and pediatric fractures associated with that region.

We also provide for travel allowances and cover the cost of attendance for resident educational courses. During the PGY-2 year residents attend the AO Basic Fracture Course; PGY-3s attend the AO Spine course; PGY-4s attend the AO Advanced Fracture Course; and the PGY-5 residents attend the AAOS annual meeting and the AAOS Orthopedic Review Course.  Additionally, all residents, save the call team, attend the South Carolina Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting (held at Kiawah Island) and Augusta Spine Conference on an annual basis.

Additional resident support is provided in the form of a comprehensive benefits package.


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Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center was created by combining five orthopedic practices in and around the Midlands to form one of the largest orthopedic presence in the state. Take a look at their journey and meet the team that is setting the bar for extraordinary patient care and experience.

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In the news

Alexis Pilato, MD, is keeping it in the family as she recently joined her mother, Carolyn Engle, MD, at Heritage Valley Health System in Beaver, Pennsylvania. Dr. Pilato is a 2018 graduate of the Prisma Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia orthopedic residency program, and we are so grateful for the time she spent with Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center.

Pilato shared in a recent AAOS Now article* that "In my experience, I have not directly had any female mentors that were faculty, but I’ve had some really supportive and progressive male mentors. In residency, former program director David Koon, MD, and current program director Gregory Grabowski, MD, were wonderful and have always had a consistently above-average number of women in their program. Despite often being the only woman in the room, I have never really noticed or felt singled out. I was always just a member of the team. I always felt supported and encouraged as an 'orthopaedic surgeon,' not a 'female orthopaedic surgeon.'"

Read her full story here: AAOS Now 12/01/2019 All in the Family by Kerri Fitzgerald

*American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons