Residency Corner: HonorHealth Orthopaedic Residency

Pictured from left to right: Kyle Kurashima (resident), Maggie Klausing (program director), Nicole Larsen (resident), Candice Burton (resident)

What makes your residency program unique compared to other programs?

We believe that our residency program has several factors that make our program unique. Many of these factors begin with our company,HonorHealth. At HonorHealth, only 1:1 patient care is provided and there is no use of support personnel for treatment. Additionally, one hour of documentation time is built in to each day, so residents should not be overwhelmed with paperwork. All lecture and lab time is also built in to the resident’s 40 hour work week, so they are not having to take classes on the weekends or evenings after work. We feel that this creates a good work-life balance for the residents. Being part of a large hospital system provides the residents additional opportunities including surgery observation, community service, community lectures and teaching. An additional factor that makes our residency unique is the focus on teaching a strong background in manual assessment and treatment but also marrying that approach with the Movement System Impairment approach so the residents have a well-rounded and diverse background


What would you consider the strengths of your program to be?

Our diverse and well-trained faculty is one of our program’s biggest strengths. The faculty is currently comprised of 10 OCS, 2 SCS, 1CHT, and 3 FAAOMPT. Resident’s currently rotate through three clinical sites within our system and have a different mentor at each site so they are exposed to different patient populations as well as different clinical mentors.


What makes focused learning within a residency worth pursuing?

There is a saying that goes something like, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” The regularly scheduled clinical mentoring and structured learning experiences of a residency can help individuals learn the things they don’t know and accelerate the growth of their knowledge and clinical skills in order to provide the highest level of patient care.


What advice would you give to students that are seriously interested in pursuing residency training?

Reach out to the program director and ask for contact information of current and/or past residents so that you may ask questions and get a feel of what it is truly like to be a resident in that particular program and determine if you believe it would be a good fit for you and your goals.


What additional opportunities do your residents pursue after completing their training?

We have had four residents go on to successfully complete a fellowship in manual therapy. Several residents are involved in teaching continuing education courses. Multiple residents have gone on to serve as adjunct faculty for Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. Several of our residents have also become faculty and/or mentors in our residency program.


What do you look for in a quality candidate for your residency program?

A quality candidate will have a well-rounded background and be open and excited to learn different thought processes and approaches.

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