Education and Training
Orthopedic Residency and Fellowship Programs
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston prides itself on providing an unparalleled education through access to faculty and the inclusion of the latest technologies and tools to further your development at all levels of your education. From the fundamentals through exposure to all of the major subspecialties within orthopedics, resident education is comprised of three main components: knowledge, skills, and experience.
The orthopedic residency program has traditionally been one of the busiest and most active clinical training programs in the country. This is anchored by the nation’s busiest orthopedic trauma service and a functional, integrated county hospital system, along with a nationally recognized, committed and dedicated core faculty ensuring that each trainee receives a comprehensive orthopedic education. Continued recruitment of superbly trained specialty surgeons ensures that each respective facet of orthopedic care delivery and instruction is carried out in a well supervised and highly technologically advanced environment.
The five years of ACGME accredited education and training ensure that the residents meet the standards of the ABOS. The high volume of clinical cases and adequate dedicated faculty allow a one-to-one training environment in all subspecialty rotations. Graduated operative responsibility provides the trainee with the appropriate supervision to learn surgical skills. This begins in the PGY1 year with simulation training based on the ABOS modules during a 4-week protected time block. Subsequently, PGY2-PGY5’s are graded on designated procedure-specific cadaveric milestone simulations to actively gauge their skills acquisition. This is supplemented by a rigorous well-balanced/comprehensive didactic educational program that is centered on a two-year rotating curriculum developed and presented by experts in the orthopedics subspecialties.
Expansion of the research division has been strongly enhanced by the addition of renowned scientific experts in the fields of cellular regenerative medicine, along with orthopedic biomechanics and kinematics.
Each year, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery matches five medical students to enter its residency program. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery prides itself on providing an unparalleled education through access to faculty and the inclusion of the latest technologies and tools to further your development as a resident.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s Sports Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME accredited post-graduate sports medicine fellowship. Three fellows will be accepted and fall under the direction of Dr. Christopher Harner. This fellowship offers in-depth experience in sports medicine intended to provide the Fellow with the skills and knowledge to perform at a high level. There is a high volume of patients, including athletes from all levels of competition that require diagnostic and surgical decision-making.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship is accredited
by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the Texas Medical Board. Four fellows will be accepted each year. This fellowship offers in-depth experience in orthopedic trauma intended to provide the Fellow with the skills and knowledge to perform at a high level.
Working in the busiest Level One Trauma Center in the nation, trauma fellows are exposed to all varieties of orthopedic trauma, with a focus on building expertise in pelvic and acetabular reconstruction. Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center will see on average, more than 5,000 admissions per year.
Due to COVID-19:
McGovern Medical School has the responsibility to monitor external and visiting medical student rotations in an effort to maintain safety and educational standards and to promote well-being. Covid -19 has necessarily impacted the clinical component of our medical curriculum. In keeping with the AAMC guidance on away rotations, we have made the decision to re-open the visiting student program for the 2021-2022 academic year for students enrolled in LCME-accredited US medical schools/programs – no international schools at this time. Currently the following guidelines are in place:
- A maximum of one away rotation per learner (as previously recommended) except in cases where additional rotations are needed to complete graduation or accreditation requirements.
- Student will provide a letter from their school stating they have not conducted an away rotation at any other institution (to keep with 1 away person student).
- Currently, electives will be offered to students enrolled in LCME-accredited US medical schools/programs – no international schools at this time (this is subject to change later in the year).
- Visiting students will not be permitted prior to July 1, 2021
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McGovern Medical School uses VSAS/VSLO, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications. Applications may be submitted through VSAS beginning June 1, 2021. Approval to rotate at McGovern Medical School is granted solely by the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. Approvals obtained directly from department coordinators will not be honored. Students will be notified of their acceptance via email in July after McGovern students are placed. To apply to our institution, please complete and send us a VSAS application for your preferred electives and dates.
If you are a MS4 and interested in receiving information regarding alternative opportunities to interact with our program, please complete the following form:
Observerships are currently suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID-19.
- The Edward T. Smith Orthopedic Lectureship Series has been a tradition in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for the past 62 years in honor of our first Chairman, Edward T. Smith, MD. The activity is directed primarily towards surgeons, residents, fellows and allied healthcare providers currently treating patients for musculoskeletal disease and/or injury.
- The Houston Orthopaedic Trauma Symposium is in its second year offering an update on the evolving concepts and techniques in orthopedic trauma.