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Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

The Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program (VOSRP) is a five year ACGME approved residency program that fulfills all the criteria for the successful graduate to sit for Part I of their Board examination given by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

The VOSRP consists of four years of specialized orthopaedic education, preceded by a one-year general surgery internship in the Department of Surgery at Vanderbilt. Residents rotate through the main Vanderbilt teaching hospital (staffed by full-time faculty) for all but three rotations. Our faculty were trained at a variety of distinguished institutions. Their diversity enriches the quality of resident education.

The VOSRP is founded on five basic tenets:

  1. Rotations are education-based, not service-based.
  2. Every resident shares the same rotations and educational experience.
  3. Specialty-specific faculty and residents follow each other throughout the rotation in a classical apprenticeship rotation model.
  4. Each resident rotates twice through the services - once as a junior resident and again as a senior resident.
  5. Educational conferences are held each morning for the benefit of the residents and medical students. The conferences range from didactic lectures to grand rounds and morbidity, mortality and improvement.

Residents interested in developing administrative skills are afforded opportunities to participate in developing CME courses.

Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Institute received 664 applications for our 2011 residency program. Forty-one of these applications were from visiting students. Ninety-four of these applicants were interviewed in January for five PGY-1 slots.

Orthopaedics is an increasingly diverse field and requires a complex body of knowledge spanning multiple disciplines. It requires more than technical skill and book knowledge. Analytic thinking and creative problem-solving are also required of competent practitioners. Most importantly, orthopaedics involves the art of healing human beings. Musculoskeletal problems cannot be fully understood, nor effectively treated without considering the whole persons who experience them.

It is the intent of this program to enable our residents with the skills and attitudes necessary to practice responsible orthopaedic surgery and become the future leaders of orthopaedic surgery.

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