Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

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The mission of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Dell Medical School:

To provide a transformative educational experience to orthopaedic surgical residents that will shape their practice and the delivery of healthcare through a deeper understanding of value-based, patient-centered healthcare delivery for the management of musculoskeletal disease. View the Educational Goals and Objectives.

Welcome from the Program Directors, Karl Koenig, MD MS and Austin Hill, MD MPH

Welcome to Dell Medical School Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program. We are a new program accredited in 2016 and accepting our first intern class in the summer of 2017. Our program will accommodate 4 residents per class. We have received accreditation from the ACGME and offer the full breadth of Orthopaedic sub-specialty training. We are affiliated with The University of Texas at Austin, a university with impeccable support for educational excellence and a track record of excellence in both graduate and undergraduate programs. The University of Texas System is a leader in medical education and cutting edge research at multiple sites which will now be expanded to Austin. A state of the art teaching hospital was completed in May 2017 and additional educational opportunities will be presented within the Seton Family of Hospitals, a not-for-profit healthcare system serving a metropolitan area that is one of the fasting growing cities in the nation and has a population of 1.8 million people.

Our training program is based primarily at the Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas at Austin (DSMC UT), a 75,000 visit ED urban Level One Trauma Center. This hospital is the referral center for all of central Texas, and the only adult level one trauma center within 60 miles. Dell Seton Medical Center at UT is the heart of our core values, acting as the safety net for the city's most sick and vulnerable patients as well as unparalleled training in Orthopaedic Trauma care and complex total joint replacement. Balancing the curriculum are outstanding rotations at our affiliated sites. Dell Children's Medical Center is a pediatric Level One Trauma Center and tertiary referral center. Seton Medical Center-Austin is a busy private community hospital with 38 operating suites and over 1000 joint replacement procedures per year. Both DSMC UT and Seton Medical Center are named as Solucient 100 Top Hospitals, and are both winners of the Magnet Nursing Award, the American Nursing Association's top award. In order to maximize resident exposure and provide a balanced experience in other healthcare settings, we also have rotations at three different surgery centers in the Austin area: Texas Orthopaedics, Medical Park Tower, and Strictly Pediatrics. Through these experiences, our residents will be fully equipped to perform both inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures which reflects the current trends in Orthopaedic care that emphasize value, efficiency, and innovation.

This program will combine the best components of a traditional orthopaedic residency program with the innovative mission and goals of the Dell Medical School.  Opportunities for additional graduate degrees within the UT Austin System will be available to residents. While we are a newly accredited program, many of our experienced faculty hold national positions of leadership.  The community faculty in Austin have been teaching medical students, residents, and fellows for years, which will facilitate a seamless integration of orthopaedic residents into the community. The unique opportunity of starting a new medical school in Austin has attracted top faculty from around the country as well as the best and brightest surgeons in the Austin community.  Dr. Kevin Bozic and Dr. David Ring are household names in Orthopaedic Surgery with vast experience in teaching both residents and fellows for decades. Both have also directed research programs that are the envy of any in the world in the areas of total joint replacement, hand surgery, health services research, and comprehensive patient care. A quick review of our faculty profiles will show the breadth and depth of expertise dedicated to resident education.

There will be a robust didactic schedule with a focus on interprofessional integration and educational opportunities as well as health care transformation and innovations in health care delivery. The didactic lectures are supplemented by time in our state of the art simulation lab, located in the Clinical Education Center. One of the largest in the country, the simulation lab is based in a former fully functioning hospital floor and operating suite that have been retrofitted to practice medicine with high fidelity simulators in a real hospital setting, including 8 ORs, an ED, an ICU, a cardiac cath lab and several hospital wards. The Clinical Education Center also has an on-site medical library and a computer lab.

Residents will also develop an understanding of the importance of providing care to underserved populations locally and abroad through direct patient care, knowledge exchange, and exposure to a global health experience. Each resident will have the opportunity to complete an international orthopaedic rotation during the elective block in the PGY-4 year of residency.

Located in the Central Texas Hill Country, Austin is a great place to live and work. As the state capitol, Austin has rich politics and history. It is an outdoor mecca, with 11,800 acres of dedicated parks and greenbelt through downtown, including hiking and biking trails, boating on Ladybird Lake and Lake Travis, strolling through botanical gardens, and swimming in natural springs. The economy is strong, based in the high tech industries and university centers. And it is considered the "live music capital of the world" with "South by Southwest" and "Austin City Limits" music festivals, as well as many local venues. Austin is listed in Kiplinger's "Top 10 Cities to Live, Work and Play," Outside Magazine's "America's Best Cities," and several other national top 10 lists, including Relocate America's "Overall Best Places to Move" and "Earth Friendly Location," CNN Money's "Best Big Cities," Prevention Magazines "Top Cities for Walking," and Reader’s Digest's "Cleanest Cities."

Thank you for visiting with us and taking the time to learn about our program. We are proud of what it has to offer. We look forward to hosting you in our dynamic medical community and we hope you consider training with us.

Karl Koenig, MD MS
Program Director
Austin Hill, MD MPH
Associate Program Director
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin

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