We are fortunate to be surrounded by a truly amazing group of professionals. The doctors, nurses, therapists, medical assistants, surgical technologists and office staff are well trained and have years of experience. We believe that there is no greater honor than you putting your trust in us for your postgraduate education and training.

Our residents work alongside other training programs at John Peter Smith Hospital including: Orthopaedic, Family Medicine, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Sports Medicine and Psychiatry.

We are committed to providing you with training and education that is second to none in every way. Our group of staff physicians in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is well trained, easy to approach and communicates with one another. The collaboration begins with medical students who spend time with us and continues with all of the residents at our hospital.

The patients treated at our hospital range in age from children who are only a few weeks old with deformities to elderly suffering from a variety of medical conditions. As a Level I Trauma Center and county hospital, we have a high volume of trauma cases as well as a diverse clinical experience to facilitate a well-rounded experience.

We offer unparalleled training and experience to those who choose to spend time with us, whether it be for a few weeks as medical students or several years as residents. We appreciate you considering us for your training.



PGY 1 

  • 4 months plus 1 month each:
    • Radiology/Anesthesia
    • Internal Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Physical Therapy
    • Infectious Disease
    • General Surgery
    • Vascular Surgery
    • Plastic Surgery


PGY 2 

  • 8 months plus 1 month each:
    • Behavioral Science
    • Orthopaedic Trauma
    • Pathology
    • Research


PGY 3 

  • 9 months
    • Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle
    • Research
    • Pediatrics 



The research committee is organized to provide motivation, discipline and guidance to podiatric residents and their research activities. Guidelines are provided to residents so that research commences in an organized, logical and scientific manner. Regular evaluation of the progress of the resident research projects will proceed in an organized and timely fashion. The ultimate goal is to have a publication grade research project completed at the end of the second year of surgical training and submitted for publication and presentation.

Research Objectives

  1. Residents in PGY-I will prepare a written narrative prior to completion of the PGY-I academic year with the following requirements:
    • Research topic
    • Name of faculty advisor and all co-authors
    • A letter from faculty stating support for project
    • Background literature supporting purpose of project. Articles should be from recognized peer-reviewed journals. Copies of articles should be included
    • Materials and methods, including preliminary statistical analysis if necessary
    • One copy of the narrative for each member of the research committee
  2. Upon approval of the research project by the committee, the resident will present the project to participating hospitals for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, if only to have IRB state that IRB approval for the project is not necessary. Copy of the approval or disapproval letter from IRB must be forwarded to the research committee. Upon IRB approval of project, the resident may proceed with project. IRB approval is not necessary for review articles.
  3. The resident is responsible for providing a project update at the end of each 6-month period to research committee. This update will also contain progress notes of the previous 6 months and future plans. Also, this update should include problems encountered and measures taken to remedy problems.
  4. Final written research manuscript should be completed by the end of the PGY-III academic year.
  5. Failure to comply with any of these rules will be noted in the resident's permanent record and may delay promotion to next academic year.



Fourth year medical students may apply online using VSAS for elective clinical clerkships.



For more information about the residency program, please contact:

LaDawn Burrell