Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Program Director: S. Trent Guthrie, M.D.
Residency Coordinator: Kathy Derrig, C-TAGME
Medical Student Coordinator: Darlene Leszczynski

The orthopedic surgery residency at Henry Ford is a five-year program specifically designed to meet American Board of Orthopedic Surgery requirements. The program accepts six residents each year, beginning at the year-one level.

Interview dates for 2020 PGY1 positions are:

  • November 18, 2019
  • December 5, 2019
  • December 17, 2019
  • January 8, 2020

With a long-standing reputation for excellence, Henry Ford Hospital attracts leaders in the fields of Orthopedics, Athletic Medicine, and Rehabilitation, and is considered one of the top Orthopedic centers in the country.

Our physicians comprise one of the largest orthopedic practices in the country, offering experts in every specialty including joint replacement, spine, foot and ankle, hand, pediatrics and scoliosis, sports medicine, tumor, and orthopedic trauma. Collectively, they perform more than 10,000 procedures a year, 10 percent of which are pediatric cases. More than 80 percent of the operative work is done by residents, with the supervision and assistance of senior staff.

The residency program is based in Henry Ford Hospital’s Detroit campus, a Level I trauma center that promises a well-rounded training experience. Most orthopedic facilities — consultation offices, examination rooms, plaster rooms, x-ray facilities, orthotic lab and physical therapy areas — are located on the same clinic floor, affording maximum convenience for patients and physicians. In addition, residents rotate at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, a community hospital performing a high volume of elective orthopedic procedures.

The resident experience

All aspects of this program have been strengthened over the last several years with the addition of several new staff surgeons to a stable core of residency faculty members led by the program director, Dr. S. Trent Guthrie, and chairman, Dr. Theodore Parsons. Associate program directors Dr. Michael Mott and Dr. Jason Davis provide additional guidance and support to the residency.

Each year of the residency has been carefully constructed to teach core competencies every step of the way. The turning point of the program is the “trauma junior” experience, during which second- and third-year residents develop clinical acuity and the resources to pull together a comprehensive treatment plan. With that foundation, the last two years have been designed to achieve a positive response to the question: As a senior orthopedic surgeon, would I hire this graduating resident into my practice? An affirmative answer means that both residents and faculty have been accountable, and that the resident is prepared to enter an exciting career in Orthopedic Surgery.

In addition to an excellent educational experience, resident camaraderie is a vital part of the Henry Ford Program both inside and outside the hospital. Residents and staff participate in community service activities throughout the year. The department hosts an annual 5K Sarcoma Strong Run to raise money for the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society Research Fund. Various staff members and residents have gone on medical mission trips to Africa and South America to provide care for underserved populations. The residents also participate in interdepartmental intramural sports leagues sponsored by the staff members. Each year they compete and are highly successful in softball, soccer, volleyball, and basketball.

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