Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Overview

Palmetto Health and the Palmetto Health USC Orthopedic Center are proud to offer two fully accredited five-year orthopedic residency program positions in Columbia, South Carolina. We currently accept two resident applicants per year into our program by participating in the match administered by the NRMP.
Orthopedic rotations are broken into eight major subspecialties, each represented by no fewer than two faculty.  These include:

Orthopedic Trauma
Pediatric Orthopedics
Upper Extremity
Sports Medicine
Spine
Adult Reconstruction
Foot and Ankle
General Orthopedics

The 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 virtually always allows for one-on-one clinical and operative experiences, even as a junior resident, 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 AAOS Fundamentals of Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy course as well as the AO Spine course; PGY-4s attend the AO Advanced Fracture Course and the Enneking Pathology Course; and the PGY-5 residents attend the AAOS annual meeting and Maine 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 medical license application fees including USMLE Step 3, lead aprons, surgical loupes, cafeteria meal allowance, free convenient parking and matched 401K contributions. Personal medical insurance is provided at no charge to residents. Residents are allowed 20 vacation days during the academic year.


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More complete details regarding the resident didactic lecture schedule and rotation schedule can be found by clicking on the appropriate links on the right hand column of this page.