Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
The William Beaumont Army Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program integrates the unique aspects of military orthopedic surgery with the academic requirements of the Residency Review Committee of the Accrediting Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The training program provides a well-rounded experience in the many specialties within the realm of Orthopedic Surgery. The Orthopedic Surgery Residency at WBAMC is unique in that it is the only true military-civilian combined program. Being combined with Texas Tech University, residents are afforded the opportunity to train at a busy, Level I, metropolitan trauma center. This training in trauma, along with the broad orthopedic training at WBAMC produces orthopedic surgeons capable of providing excellent patient care, whether in a large, modern Army Medical Center or in the austere conditions of a small, mobile Forward Surgical Team.
The residency program at William Beaumont Army Medical Center is one of the largest in the Department of Defense. It is also the only combined military and civilian orthopaedic surgery residency program. The residents have opportunities to take advantage of the clinical resources of both civilian and military facilities. These resources include William Beaumont Army Medical Center and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso/University Medical Center. Both facilities are trauma centers and as a consequence the residents in this program see all of the region’s major orthopaedic trauma.
This five-year program begins at the PGY/1 level. The residents are selected at the Joint Services Selection Board. The current classes have four residents per year for five years civilian resident. The program is fully accredited by ACGME and the Orthopaedic Residency Review Committee.
The variety of clinical case material between military and civilian facilities allows the residents to train in all aspects of orthopaedic surgery. We include rotations in Spine, Ortho Oncology, Sports Medicine, Trauma, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Hand, Foot and Ankle, and Total Joints. We have special rotations at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and Rush-Chicago to augement our Pediatric and Total Joint Reconstructive exposure.
The residents of the William Beaumont/Texas Tech program graduate with a broad exposure to the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal diseases. A close affiliation with military units and active duty soldiers provides experience necessary should one be deployed later in their career. There are plenty of opportunities for both clinical and laboratory research which is a requirement for completion of the training program.
The program welcomes bright, highly motivated medical students and physicians interested in orthopaedic surgery to come, visit the program, see our facilities and try out for the team!
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation covers musculoskeletal and rehabilitative needs of all servicemembers and military dependents at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. Its ancillary services of Podiatry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and the Brace Shop are under the auspices of the Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Service.
The Chief of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation oversees all the ancillary services listed above as well as the Orthopedic Inpatient Service, the Cast Room, and the Outpatient Orthopedic Clinics in Adult Reconstruction, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Microsurgery, Pediatrics, Spine, Sports Medicine, and Trauma. Each of the subspecialty clinics is headed by a fellowship trained, board eligible/certified, attending orthopedic surgeon.
The Program Director of the Orthopedic Surgery Residency is responsible for the overall administration of the training program. He/she is appointed by the Army Surgeon General. These responsibilities include such things as the development and implementation of the academic schedule, resident rotations, resident selection, and evaluation of resident progress.