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Each year, five new resident-physicians are accepted into the orthopaedic surgery residency program to begin their five-year training under the direction of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. A majority of rotations are located at VCU Medical Center, where there are 15 full-time faculty members representing all orthopaedic subspecialties. In addition, residents rotate at other locations in the Richmond area, including Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital. Private subspecialty clinics are located at VCU Medical Center at Stony Point and VCU Sports Medicine Center.
PGY-1 year is divided into 13 four-week rotations, including six in orthopaedics, five in other surgical specialties, and rotations in rheumatology/geriatrics and musculoskeletal radiology. All rotations are under the direction of the orthopaedic surgery department.
PGY-2 through PGY-5 residents are assigned to services including all orthopaedic subspecialties as well as general orthopaedic rotations (night float and VA rotations). There is an active basic science and clinical research program present. Residents complete a basic science, clinical research and systems-based project prior to graduation.