Residency Corner: Oregon Health & Science University Orthopaedic Residency

What makes your residency program unique compared to other programs?

The main focus of our program is clinical mentoring with a group of experienced clinicians who are specialists within body regions. Our residents receive focused mentorship in each content area, supplemented by teaching opportunities and research opportunities with Pacific University and George Fox University DPT programs. Our collaboration within the Rehabilitation Services department and across providers at OHSU is unique and highly valued.

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

Clinical strengths: We have a wide variety of patients with complex and interesting cases. Our staff is engaged, enthusiastic, and always striving to learn more and progress our individual and clinical practices.

Our mentors follow a varied combination of treatment styles and strategies, and work to match the best treatment to each individual patient. We rely heavily on utilizing the best evidence and staying current with emerging treatment strategies to produce strong clinical outcomes. We are certified in a variety of treatment approaches, and have the OCS as our common thread.

Didactic strengths: We are proud of our comprehensive, systems-based curriculum, and have many exciting learning opportunities for our residents across OHSU. Examples include the Narrative medicine course series, pharmacology course, observational experiences with geriatric internal medicine department, Human Performance Lab, Regenerative Medicine group, and Sports Medicine lecture series. Additionally, though our partnership with Pacific University’s DPT program, our residents assist with teaching some orthopedic lab and lectures each year.

What makes focused learning within a residency worth pursuing?

  • Advancement of clinical reasoning skills
  • Understanding of systems-based approach
  • Establish and refine professional framework for career
  • Structured clinical mentoring and learning opportunities
  • Becoming a reflective practitioner

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

We are a newly accredited program. Our first program graduate has just completed her OCS exam, and is participating in a hospital-wide Evidence Based Practice interdisciplinary committee with the goal of establishing a hospital standard for best management of patients with acute low back pain.

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

We are looking for candidates who are motivated, self-directed, professional, and eager to advance their clinical practice.  Due to the demanding nature of our program, our residents need the ability to juggle multiple demands on their time, consistently demonstrate effective communication strategies, and engage in frequent self-reflection on their performance.


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