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.

Medical Student Rotations


Thank you for your interest in the DMC/Providence Orthopaedic Surgery Residency. Our program is one that offers medical students an early and exceptional hands-on experience in Orthopaedic Surgery. Students will rotate for 1 month and have the opportunity to spend time at some of our facilities. You may be exposed to Orthopaedic Trauma, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine or the Total Joints Services. Each medical student will spend 2 weeks on each of two services, taking a total of between 4-6 calls with our Trauma team.

The rotation at our program is comprehensive and involves you working with nearly the entire faculty and all of the residents. You will be invited to all resident events, such as journal clubs and the new Bioskills lab. Wednesday nights, you will get to work with the Sports Medicine staff and get early hands-on experience doing arthroscopy.

The main point of the rotation is to show us your skills while also interacting with our residents. Much time has been spent developing the rotation so that you spend as much time as possible with the residents. We want you to enjoy working with our residents as this program promotes camaraderie. The residents are going to go out of their way to make sure you get ample experience learning how to cast, splint and do reductions on your own. We train our residents to follow the motto “See one, do one, teach one.” At Detroit Receiving Hospital, the main Level 1 Trauma center for Detroit, you will find yourself on-call and as a valuable asset to the team. Your work is appreciated and valued, and we feel that with that kind of effort, we owe you the best possible educational experience. We encourage you to use your 3 weekends off to interact with the residents outside the hospital and learn about who we are.

We have developed a curriculum with goals and objectives for your time here. We have written a pre-rotation and end-of-rotation test, not to see how smart you are, but for us to see how well we’ve helped you improve your Orthopaedic knowledge base while you rotate with us. The pre-test is administered the first day of your rotation with us. We will grade the test and then give you around 25 articles from the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and/or the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery on a USB drive for you to read throughout your rotation. Each article is designed to help you learn about the most common pathology in Orthopedics while also helping you prepare for the end-of-rotation test. Each question on the test was written from the articles you are provided. A copy of Netters Orthopaedic Anatomy will also be provided while on rotation. We have a full library of books and journals available to you during your rotation as well.

Unfortunately, we do not provide housing during the rotation. A car will be needed for your month here. The Residency will provide you with help in finding sublets if need be. $10 will be provided for each call on your own meal card. Applications are due one month before you intend to rotate with us so we can get everything set up in the Department for your rotation.

Letters of Recommendation (LOR) will be provided at the end of rotation if you would like. You will be evaluated at each site and all of this will be compiled into a file that we will keep throughout the application process and use during residency interviews. All applicants will also receive invitations for interview unless they fail the rotation. The LOR will be written and signed by Dr. Frush, the head of the Medical Student Rotation. The Program Director will also sign the LOR.

We look forward to having you rotate with us and hope to provide you with the best clinical experience in the country. We are dedicated to our students becoming successful Orthopaedic residents and hold ourselves to the highest of standards with respect to your educational goals and clinical skills as a medical student. 


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    4201 St. Antoine St
    Detroit, MI 48067