The program receives its primary direction from Residency Program Chairman, Rahul Vaidya, M.D., and Residency Program Director, Paul Dougherty, M.D. Both are part of the Orthopaedic Research and Education committee that comprises the primary faculty leadership, including Dr. Jeff Flynn (Providence Hospital/Research), Dr. Todd Frush (Providence Hospital), Dr. Stephen Lemos (Detroit Surgery Hospital), Dr. Bryan Little (Detroit Receiving Hospital), Dr. Bryant Oliphant (Detroit Receiving Hospital), Dr. David Markel (Providence Hospital) and Dr. Walid Yassir (Children's Hospital of Michigan).


We have only one mission - quality education of Orthopaedic residents.


     Residents participating in the Detroit Medical Center/Providence Hospital Orthopaedic Residency program will do most of their rotations at the following hospitals: Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Receiving Hospital, (all part of the Detroit Medical Center) and Providence Hospital and Medical Centers.

Children's Hospital of Michigan

    Children's Hospital of Michigan has been devoted to children's health care since its founding in 1886. Located near Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit, it is the only freestanding hospital in Michigan dedicated exclusively to caring for children. Staffed by more than 200 pediatricians, 125 pediatric specialists, 600 pediatric nurses and over one thousand pediatric-trained employees, more Michigan pediatricians are trained at Children's Hospital than at any other hospital in the state.  
     Children's Hospital is the primary teaching location for pediatric orthopaedics. Residents rotate here for four weeks as interns and three months in years two and four. Orthopaedic volume includes more than 900 operative cases and 7,000 outpatient encounters per year. Problems seen range from fractures and other common trauma problems to scoliosis and congenital deformities.

Detroit Receiving Hospital

     Detroit Receiving Hospital is the first American College of Surgeons verified Level One Trauma Center in Michigan and one of the first in the country. It is the only hospital of record, in the country, devoted to adult emergency medicine, trauma and critical care. Detroit Receiving is a leader in emergency medicine in Michigan, due in part to the volume of complex trauma cases and its academic teaching programs. There are over 80,000 emergency department visits per year. University Health Center is one of the busiest outpatient facilities in the country, with more than 30 specialty clinics and services where close to 250,000 patients are seen every year.  
     Orthopaedic residents rotating at Detroit Receiving receive an exposure to adult trauma that is unsurpassed in the Midwest. Residents participate in over 1,200 operative cases and 8,000 outpatient visits. Interns spend two months on the general surgery trauma service and four months on the orthopaedic surgery service (3 months trauma and 1 month joints), along with 1 month each for neurosurgery and plastic surgery. During years 2 - 5, residents spend three months on the orthopaedic surgery trauma service at Detroit Receiving.

Providence Hospital and Medical Centers

     As a community- and faith-based teaching system, Providence Hospital merges compassion and convenience with university medical care. Providence Hospital is a member of St. John Providence Health System locally, and a member of Ascension Health nationally, the largest Catholic and not-for-profit health system in the country.
     Providence Hospital is a 365-bed hospital facility, and it is the largest employer in Southfield (a northern suburb of Detroit). The hospital's many medical centers and ambulatory sites are located throughout the metropolitan Detroit area. 
     While rotating at Providence, the orthopaedic resident will experience a community-based, general orthopaedic surgical practice. During years 2 - 5, residents spend three months on the orthopaedic surgery service at Providence Hospital (Spine in year 3 and General Orthopaedics for years 2, 4 & 5).  In addition to staffing operative cases, the resident spends one day per week in the private office of a faculty member. In addition, during years 2 and 4, residents do a research rotation at Providence.


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