Resident Activities

At all levels of training, the resident is expected to be actively involved in all aspects of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery Program at the UVM Medical Center and the University of Vermont.

In general, a resident will be on-call about every third night and every third weekend. This call is split between in-house and home call. An on-call room is provided for the resident during their night and weekend duty.

The general outline of the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training Program is four years of orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation. The rotations for residents are listed below and satisfy board-eligibility requirements:

  • Trauma
  • Sports
  • Spine
  • Pediatrics
  • Laboratory (Basic Science/Clinical Research)
  • Emergency Room
  • Reconstruction
  • Hand
  • Foot

Patient Services

The trend of surgical care shifting from inpatient to outpatient setting is reflected in the orthopedic service. The orthopedic census at UVM Medical Center averages twenty patients a day. The rehabilitation section maintains an active 40-bed service.

The Medical Center Campus is the site of inpatient services including total joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, hand and pediatric surgery. The majority of outpatient procedures, such as arthroscopy, shoulder, hand and elbow surgery take place at the Fanny Allen Campus.

All inpatients are actively utilized in the training of orthopedic residents. A very active emergency department is present at the Medical Center Campus. The outpatient activities for the Orthopedics & Rehabilitation Health Care Service occur at the University Health Center and Fanny Allen Campuses. Due to UVM Medical Center's unique environment, residents are exposed to a wide variety of orthopedic problems ranging from primary to tertiary care orthopedics.

Strong emphasis is placed on outpatient management of musculoskeletal problems in order to provide a well-rounded post-graduate experience. A unique program, the Children with Special Health Needs, a division of the Vermont State Health Department, provides an additional wealth of pediatric patients for the orthopedic resident.

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Summary

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training Program is designed to offer a broad exposure to orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation, both in the operative and non-operative treatment of patients. This occurs through evaluation of patients in the Emergency Department, clinics, wards, formal conferences, and research.

Because of Burlington's unique geographic location, primary, secondary, and tertiary orthopedic care problems are readily available for residency training.

The residency is approved for complete training in all aspects of orthopedic surgery as outlined by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Elizabeth Ames 

Elizabeth Ames, MD
Program Director