- What are you looking for in a resident?
are looking for well-rounded individuals who have solid academic
credentials, a good work ethic and who are nice people who can get along
well with others on a team. Visiting our program on a 2 week or 4 week
clinical rotation is not mandatory, but does help us get to know you and
you get to know us.
- How many residents do you take each year?
We take 7 residents at the PGY-1 level.
- What are the strengths of your program?
program provides a very well-rounded experience in all areas of
orthopedics that gives each resident a good foundation for caring for
most orthopedic problems. We have an excellent full-time, part-time,
and clinical faculty representing all sub-specialty areas in
orthopedics. In addition, we have very solid facilities for all our
rotations both here on the OU Medical Center Campus and at our
surrounding private practice community medical center partners.
- What are the weaknesses of your program?
do not have any major weaknesses. We perform excellent clinical
research, but currently have only limited bench research within our
department. There are extensive opportunities for collaborative
research with other departments here on the OU Oklahoma City Campus, the
OU Norman Campus (Biomechanics Lab in Department of Engineering), or
with the School of Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State University in
- Are residents expected to do research?
have required research projects to complete during their 5 year
residency that encompasses all of the basic types of clinical research.
Projects usually include a case report or literature review, a quality
improvement project, and a prospective clinical trial. A dedicated 2
month research rotation during the PGY-3 year helps facilitate the
implementation and completion of the research project requirements. The
department provides full support for these projects including the
assistance of our research staff on campus as well as coordination with
other departments on the Oklahoma City or Norman campuses. All
residents present their research projects annually at our Visiting
Professorship Conference in June. Manuscripts may also be presented at
other local and national meetings with department funding provided.
- Do you have any fellowships?
are no fellowships within the orthopaedic department. However, there
are hand surgery fellows sponsored by nearby Baptist Medical Center that
rotate through our program. In addition, on-campus Rheumatology and
Primary Care Sports Medicine fellows also rotate through our various
- Do you expect any changes in your faculty?
We have a very stable and solid faculty and we continue to grow.