Resident Life


Henry Ford Orthopaedic Surgery Residency offers more than just comprehensive surgical training. Our residents have the opportunity to engage outside of the hospital as well.

Global Health: There are multiple opportunities for global health trips including yearly trips to Sula, Honduras and Migori, Kenya. Traveling with a full surgical team and one of our orthopaedic attendings you will have a busy week of seeing patients in clinic and operative cases in vastly underserved communities.

Perry Initiative: in 2019 Henry Ford hosted its first Perry Initiative event to promote early exposure to Orthopaedics and Engineering to high school girls. The event consisted of saw bones and casting experiences, among many other activities. + Perry Initiative pictures

Sports Coverage: Our sports medicine department covers a variety of teams at all levels. As a resident you have the opportunity to be the primary coverage for high school football, basketball, hockey and lacrosse. Additionally there is opportunity to cover collegiate athletics at Wayne State University and Oakland University. The Henry Ford partnership with the Detroit Pistons also allows for in-game coverage at the professional level for senior residents.

Moonlighting: While built into our residency schedule, we receive extra pay for covering overnight and weekend call at a variety of Henry Ford satellite campuses. In addition to compensation, weekend call includes covering trauma cases at our West Bloomfield Hospital for extra OR experience.

Meatfest: Annually residents and staff come together for a potluck BBQ filled with sunshine, camaraderie, and of course, a lot of meat (vegetarian options available).

Golf Outing: To celebrate our graduating fifth year residents the department hosts a yearly golf outing at one of the many local golf courses. Whether you are a single digit handicap or a golf cart driving specialist this is a fun tradition celebrating the hard work of our outgoing residency class.

Intramural Sports: Through the Henry Ford sports leagues, the orthopaedic department has teams in softball, basketball, soccer and volleyball. All sports are co-ed with a focus on fun (but we also like to win).

Living in Detroit

In 2018, Lonely Planet voted Detroit as one of the “Top 10 Cities to Visit” and the city holds up to that title. The city has undergone dramatic changes over the past decade, and new bars, restaurants and entertainment establishments continue to develop. For sports fans, Detroit has Ford Field, Comerica Park, and Little Caesars Arena all within the centrally located “District” downtown, and all within walking distance of each other. The city’s rich music history contributed to the large selection of jazz cafes, concert venues, and theaters throughout the city. Enjoy some axe throwing and celebrate a Tiger victory at a rooftop bar - Detroit will keep you entertained.

There are many options for resident living, and in addition to the downtown Detroit area, nearby Royal Oak and Ferndale offer great options for living. Affordable housing and a bustling downtown area draw many residents to live in this part of town. Enjoy craft beers at one of the several breweries or take a stroll through the annual “Arts Beats and Eats” festival to truly enjoy how beautiful Michigan summers can be and what great culture Detroit has to offer.

Just a short drive away, northern Michigan is a truly one of a kind place. In the winter the several ski resorts offer a great get away on the slopes (or to the hottub, no judgment). In the summer the FIVE national parks will give you plenty of nature to explore on your days off. From the picturesque shores of pictured rocks to the surf-able sand castles of Sleeping Bear Dunes, you won’t find a shortage of things to fill your free time with.

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