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Welcome to the Orthopedic Surgery Residency

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency is a fully accredited 5-year program providing a comprehensive orthopedic education for 3 residents a year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The program offers all necessary specialty rotations during the first postgraduate year (PGY), as well as orthopedic subspecialty rotations in years 25.

Residents in the program initially gain fundamental knowledge in areas such as soft tissue management, physiology, anatomy, and radiology. Commensurate with their technical skills and understanding of their cases, they are granted increasing levels of responsibility for the preoperative evaluation, surgery, and postoperative care of patients, under the direct supervision of an attending surgeon.

Innovation, research, and technology are woven into the fabric of our training program. The department has full-time research personnel, a laboratory with basic science and mechanical testing capabilities, an arthroscopy lab, a cadaver lab, and is fully integrated with the Maimonides Center for Clinical Simulation, which is dedicated to resident and faculty education.

3 residents are accepted each year into our fully accredited residency program.

Residency Overview

Led by Afshin E. Razi, MD, our fully accredited 5-year orthopedic surgery residency provides comprehensive orthopedic education for three residents a year. The program offers a high attending-to-resident ratio, all necessary specialty rotations during the PGY-1 year and orthopedic subspecialty rotations in years 2 through 5. The variety of cases provided by the diverse population we serve allows for extensive experience in all orthopedic subspecialties.

We prepare residents to be well-qualified, independent specialists in orthopedics. Many become leaders in the field, as evidenced by the large percentage of our residents who pursue academic careers.

The rapport between the attendings and residents is one that is fun, collaborative, facilitates learning and makes coming to work every day enjoyable. Also, the program has great patient diversity and exposes us to varied cultural backgrounds.

Daniel Komlos, MD, PhD, Class of 2021

Maimonides offers all of the benefits of a large teaching hospital. As the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the area, residents become very comfortable managing traumas and acute fracture care in the emergency room.

Miriam Wiesberg, MD, Class of 2023

I have made friends for life among my fellow co-residents. I couldn't find better people to be in the trenches with, and it makes long work days much easier when you are working alongside people you like and trust.

Samuel Swiggett, MD, Class of 2023

The strong fellowships residents match into every year and the fact that our program recruits former residents to come back after fellowship to start their careers as orthopedic surgeons is a testament to the excellent training we get here.

Bilal Mahmood, MD, Class of 2022

The relationships we have with our attendings strike the perfect chord between professional and friendly. They are approachable and love to teach. We also hang out outside of work, which adds a personal dimension to the relationships developed at work.

Jordan Pasternack, MD, Class of 2022

Working with people you enjoy can have a tremendous impact on your quality of life during residency. Our tight-knit group of residents can always find a way to turn around stressful situations, while also pushing each other to work harder.

Aaron Lam, MD, Class of 2024

Learn More About Our Orthopedic Residency Program​

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency experience

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency provides education in pediatric and adult orthopedics, including the recognized subspecialties: adult reconstruction, spine, foot and ankle, hand and microsurgery, oncology, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, and spine, as well as trauma and fracture management. Read more about our curriculum here.

Research

The Orthopedic Residency provides research activities, which are integrated into the training. Numerous clinical and basic science papers have been published by the Orthopedic Department. The goal of a research project is for residents to learn how to develop an adequate hypothesis, understand what constitutes a well-designed scientific study, and learn how to interpret statistics. With the assistance of a faculty mentor, residents will develop a hypothesis, a method to adequately test the hypothesis, and learn what statistical methods work best in establishing the validity of the study.

Each resident is required to perform at least 2 research projects during their residency. At least 1 paper must be an original basic science or clinical research paper, and the 2nd could be a case report, review article, or book chapter. In order to successfully complete the residency, the resident must have completed and produced a manuscript worthy of submission in a peer-reviewed journal for publication. Funding is available through various sources, but residents are encouraged to apply for competitive grants to get experience with grant writing.

The Department has a research building specifically reserved for orthopedic use. Within the orthopedic space, there are workbenches, computers, a mechanical testing system (MTS) machine for biomechanical specimen testing, as well as other small equipment and transducers. The Department has access to X-ray facilities, including a high-resolution force platform and an X-ray scanner. Additional equipment is available in cooperation with the Department of Surgery.

Rotations

PGY-1

  • Anesthesia (1 month)
  • Basic skill training (longitudinal)
  • Emergency medicine (1 month)
  • General surgery (1 month)
  • Musculoskeletal imaging (1 month)
  • Orthopedics (6 months)
  • Trauma surgery (1 month)
  • Vascular surgery (1 month)

PGY-2

  • Adult reconstruction (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Orthopedic trauma (Maimonides, 4 months)
  • Pediatrics (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Spine (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Sports (Maimonides, 2 months)

PGY-3

  • Joint reconstruction (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Pediatrics (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 3 months)
  • Research elective (Maimonides, 1 month)
  • Sports (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Trauma (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Upper extremity (Maimonides, 2 months)

PGY-4

  • Adult reconstruction (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Foot and ankle (MedStar Union Memorial in Baltimore, 2 months)
  • Oncology (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Pediatrics (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Spine (Maimonides, 2 months)
  • Upper extremity (Maimonides, 2 months)

PGY-5

  • Hand and upper extremity (Maimonides, 4 months)
  • Joint reconstruction (Maimonides, 4 months)
  • Trauma (Maimonides, 4 months)

Residents participate in weekly skills sessions at our state-of-the-art Center for Clinical Simulation, which includes high fidelity robotic mannequins and multiple task trainers that enhance surgical, arthroscopic, and bedside skills

Curriculum Overview

Residents in the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program receive a well-rounded education in pediatric and adult orthopedics, including the subspecialties of:

  • Adult reconstruction
  • Foot and ankle
  • Hand and microsurgery
  • Oncology
  • Shoulder and elbow
  • Spine
  • Sports medicine
  • Trauma and fracture management

Residents will gain experience at Maimonides’ busy level-1 trauma center, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. As they advance, residents are granted increasing levels of responsibility for the preoperative evaluation, surgery and postoperative care of patients, under the direct supervision of an attending surgeon.

We offer two outpatient experiences for each resident: a traditional clinic and a rotation into a private office environment. Residents are given responsibility in the clinic according to their level of training and knowledge. In the private office, the resident works as part of an integrated team providing care to patients, while developing the skills necessary to practice independently.

Didactic lectures, orthopedic conferences, research projects and simulation-based training are integrated into the curriculum to enhance the entire learning experience.

The camaraderie at Maimonides is beyond friendship and collegial relationships; we are a family. During the peak of the Covid-19 crisis, my classmates unanimously volunteer to form an Ortho-COVID ICU to treat patients in need when the burden became too great. This was the seminal moment of my residency.

Matthew Ciminero, MD, Class of 2021

One of the best parts about residency is the graduated responsibility you earn both in patient care and in the operating room. As I have progressed throughout residency, I feel that the autonomy granted to me by my staff to perform surgeries and manage patients in the emergency room and office has advanced significantly. The trust they give me to care for their patients is a great honor.

Angelo Mannino, MD, Class of 2022

I’m a joint replacement surgeon in Houston, Texas and graduate of the Maimonides residency program. My orthopedic training was very hands-on. I witnessed a broad spectrum of orthopedic conditions and surgeries during residency. I am confident in my skills as a surgeon and I feel Maimonides prepared me very well for the real world. Maimonides is a great place to train with a fun social scene as well!

Karthik Jonna, MD, Class of 2013

During the summer of 2020, I worked with Dr. Afshin Razi and Dr. Rushabh Vakharia in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery as a student researcher. With their leadership, the “new normal” of Zoom meetings and remote research was both manageable and exciting. Both are incredible mentors. This experience has prepared me for future work in research, as the feedback I’ve received from them will carry into my next endeavors.

Perri Vingan, Medical Student, Class of 2023

As a third-year medical student, the attendings and residents treated me as a valued member of the team. During surgery, they would always explain what they were doing and why they were taking a particular approach so I could better understand the surgery. Whether it was didactics, clinic or the operating room, they did a fantastic job keeping me involved.

Emma Brenner, Medical Student, Class of 2021

For an independent academic program, there is a large and diverse group of physicians and faculty to learn from. I have seen tremendous growth in volume and case complexity throughout the duration of my residency.

Garret Garofolo-Gonzalez, MD, Class of 2021

How to apply to our Orthopedic Surgery Residency

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Each year, we match 3 residents. All applications should be sent through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at www.aamc.org/eras. Complete details and timelines are available on the ERAS website.

Applicants to the Residency Program must submit the following:

  • ERAS application
  • The following supporting materials should be submitted through ERAS:
  • A personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Medical School transcripts
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (at least one of which should be from a member of the applicant’s orthopedic faculty)
  • USMLE/NBME scores

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery accepts applications for its residency program from September 1st – October 5th. Once all applications have been received, the selection committee reviews your file. If selected, invitations to interview are sent in late October or early November.

The future of medical care is you

Our Medical Education program strives to provide an outstanding educational experience in an environment that assures a balance between academic and clinical activities. We take great pride in educating the next generation of expertly skilled medical practitioners.

Apply to the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program today!

Meet Our Team

Amr Abdelgawad, MD, MBA

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Jack Choueka, MD

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Joseph P. D'Angelo, MD

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David M. Edelstein, MD

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