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.

House Staff Benefits

Medical Coverage:
Effective from date of hire, The Detroit Medical Center offers trainees Tenant healthcare sponsored health insurance plans through DMC Care.

Dental Coverage:
Dental insurance is provided through Cigna Insurance Company.

Vision Coverage:
Vision insurance is provided through VSP.

Associate Life Insurance:
A term life insurance policy up to $50,000 (one times your base salary) and accidental death and dismemberment coverage up to $50,000 (one times your base salary) is available to you and is effective on your date of appointment. There is an option to purchase additional life insurance.

Paid Sick Time:
Trainees will receive payment of stipend for verifiable illness for up to 180 days as follows: 1-90 days at 100%; 91-180 days at 75%. Program Directors will notify the GME office when a trainee is out ill for more than 3 calendar days. For absences in excess of 3 calendar days, physician verification may be required. Illness time does not accumulate. The DMC Graduate Medical Education Program does not have a separate policy for maternity leave; time off for pregnancy and delivery is provided for under Paid Sick Time.

Long Term Disability Policy:
A long-term disability plan is provided to all trainees on the DMC payroll. The plan provides 60% of salary to a maximum benefit of $2,000 per month. Long-term disability benefits are payable after 180 consecutive days of disability and are payable as long as the disability continues (maximum to age 65 benefit period). An optional supplemental policy is available, at your own expense, up to a maximum of $2,000 per month.

401K Retirement:
All full-time, part-time, and per diem employees are eligible to open a 401(k) account. You are eligible to participate in the Plan on your 31st day of employment.

All residents are eligible for three weeks of vacation per year. All vacation time must be approved in advance by your Program Director, and it must be taken in one-week intervals. Vacation time does not accumulate.

Leaves of Absence: 
Approval of personal leaves of absence may be granted at the discretion of the DMC Program Director for up to 90 calendar days. Personal leaves of absence shall be unpaid. The Detroit Medical Center will continue to provide insurance premium payment for 30 days; after 30 days, the postgraduate trainee will be provided the opportunity to continue insurance coverage in accordance with the provisions of current law (COBRA). A family leave of absence is a conditional privilege of postgraduate training. Such time off will be provided in accord with DMC policy in order to accommodate specific family care needs. Depending on the length of the leave and individual board requirements, training time may need to be extended as determined by your Program Director.

Professional Liability Coverage:
Your professional liability coverage is through the DMC Insurance Company, Limited. Your policy is a limited claims made policy with extended reporting endorsement (tail coverage); coverage limit is $2.5 million per claim. This coverage does not extend outside of the training program.

Employee Assistance Program:
The Detroit Medical Center offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all Postgraduate Trainees. The EAP is designed to help you with personal problems or work situations that affect your work and home life such as anxiety or depression, alcohol or substance abuse, marital or family problems, legal or financial matters.

For more benefit details, please refer to the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Manual. A copy can also be obtained through the Residency Program Manager. The GME office at DMC site also provides additional resources for residents.


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  • Address:
    4201 St. Antoine St
    Detroit, MI 48067