The residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital is fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery as a comprehensive five year program. It combines one year of a rotating internship and four years of orthopaedic surgery. The orthopaedic program is approved for 35 residents equally divided among the five years.

The program is well balanced between clinical and surgical activity and didactic teaching experiences. The Department of Orthopaedics has 20 full time faculty members and a clinical voluntary faculty of 27.

It consists of the following services:

  • pediatric orthopaedics
  • adult trauma
  • spine
  • adult reconstruction
  • musculoskeletal oncology
  • sports medicine
  • hand surgery
  • foot and ankle

Ample opportunity is provided for clinical and laboratory research during the five years of residency education. Each resident rotates through the research service in his/her PGY2 and PGY4 year. Residents are expected to complete two projects, either in clinical or basic research during their residency training. Residents are encouraged to submit their research for presentation and publication.

The organization of the residency training program is designed to expose the resident to a wide variety of orthopaedic problems with rotations structured at intervals conducive to learning and development of the resident. Continuous review and revision of the various aspects of the program are made in an attempt to provide highly motivated residents with the best possible opportunities for reaching their maximal potential. Upon completion of his/her training, such a resident will have obtained the expected level of confidence, skill and professional attitude necessary for an orthopaedic surgeon.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents per year: 7
Duration: 5 years
Postgraduate Training Required: No
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Current Resident Pictures for 2014-2015
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Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Lenox Hill
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount  Sinai
  • University of Miami
  • Miami Children’s Hospital
  • LSU Health Science Center/Children’s Hospital
  • Robert Wood Johnson University
  • University of California – Irvine
  • University of Wisconsin

Teaching Hospitals:

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
    Rotation years: 1,2,3,4,5
    Rotation: all orthopaedic subspecialties
    With 1,550 beds and serving as the county hospital for Miami and Dade County, Jackson Memorial Hospital is utilized as the main teaching hospital. It is part of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center Complex, a modern 67-acre campus located minutes from downtown Miami. The average daily orthopaedic inpatient census is 61 and annual orthopaedic outpatient clinic visits total over 26,500. There is an average of 10,100 operative procedures performed annually by the orthopaedic department.
    Rotation years: 1,3,5
    Rotations: hand (pgy3), general orthopaedics (pgy 1,3,5)
    Located across the street from Jackson Memorial Hospital, the Veterans Administration Hospital is a 651 bed hospital with an additional 240 beds in the nursing home. Annual orthopaedic outpatient clinic visits total over 4,800, with more than 460 orthopaedic operative procedures performed last year.
    Rotation years: 2,4,5
    Rotations: pediatric orthopaedics
    Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) is a 268-bed hospital located 20 minutes from the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Residents on the Pediatric Orthopaedic Service take care of children at both MCH and UM/JMMC. Annual exposure at MCH exceeds 10,000 outpatient visits plus approximately 700-800 surgical patients.
    Rotation years: 1,2,3,4,5
    Rotations: MSK radiology (pgy1), sports medicine (2,4,5), joint reconstruction (pgy2,4,5), tumor (pgy1,3,5), Spine (pgy4)
    University of Miami Hospital (UMH) is a 500 bed facility located across the street from the School of Medicine and JMH. Orthopaedic residents rotate through this hospital while on the sports medicine, reconstructive, and musculoskeletal oncology services. More than 817 orthopaedic operative procedures were performed at UMH last year.
    Rotation years: 3,4
    Rotation: foot and ankle
    Residents are exposed to a wide variety of elective foot and ankle cases while on this rotation.

Participation in ERAS: Yes

Participation in NRMP: Yes–NRMP#110438

Application deadline:
(except for Dean’s Letter): 10/1/2019
Dean’s Letter deadline: 10/1/2019

Number of letters of recommendation: 3-4 (include one ortho letter)

USMLE Deadline: Must have Step I by 10/1/2018
Must have Step II CS and CK by the time the Rank list is due

Number of interviews: 75

Interview Dates:

  • 11/16/19
  • 12/7/19
  • 1/11/20

Internship start date: 06/24/20

The PGY-1 year follows the ACGME program requirements and is designed to expose the orthopaedic intern to a variety of surgical disciplines with 4 months of general surgery rotations and 6 months of rotations directly relevant to orthopaedic surgery. The emphasis is on providing excellent hospital care, developing basic surgical skills and developing a foundation in orthopaedics.

Each intern will rotate through the following specialties:
General Surgery:
Trauma (1 month)
Pediatric Surgery (1 month)
Burns (1 month)
Vascular surgery (1 month)
Other Rotations:
Orthopaedic Trauma (2months)
Orthopaedic ER (2 months)
Musculoskeletal Oncology (1 month)
Orthopaedic VAH (1 month)
Neurosurgery-Spine (1 month)
Musculoskeletal Radiology (1 month)
Vacation (1 month)

The orthopaedic ER rotation is one of the most unique aspects of our program. During this rotation, the intern is paired with a senior orthopaedic resident.  Together, they see all emergency room and trauma consults from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This ensures excellent early exposure to all common orthopaedic trauma. The intern quickly becomes confident assessing orthopaedic injuries in a wide variety of patients.

Interns also participate in the PGY1 Surgical Skills laboratory. The lab follows the guidelines of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Reconstruction PGY-2, 4, 5
Attending faculty: Dr. Robinson, Dr. Hernandez, Dr. Schneiderbauer, Dr. Vilella
Fellows: none

Residents will be exposed to a wide range of cases from primary arthroplasty to complex revisions with a moderate to high volume. A typical week consists of OR days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Clinic is held on Thursday and Friday. In addition to clinic Thursday is also an academic day with journal club and Pre/post-op conference. Additional exposure to joints is provided during the VA rotation.

Hand PGY-2, 3, 5
Attending faculty: Dr. Owens, Dr. Chen, Dr. Askari, Dr. Dodds
Fellows: two

Every morning begins with trauma/pre-op/post-op conference and rounds. The previous day’s ER hand cases are reviewed during this conference. Hand clinic is held each Monday at JMH and VAH (PGY3), Tuesday at Bascom Palmer (PGY5) and on Wednesday at Bascom Palmer (PGY3). The remainder of the week is spent in the operating room.

Research PGY-2, 4
Residents have two blocks of research time one during the PGY2 year and one PGY4 year.

Pediatrics PGY-2, 4, 5
Attending faculty (MCH): Dr. Tidwell, Dr. Baitner, Dr. Schoenleber, Dr. Spurdle, Dr. Swirsky
Attending faculty (JMH): Dr. Stricker
Fellows: none

As a PGY2, the majority of the time is spent at Miami Children’s Hospital. Residents receive a good combination of OR and clinic during this rotation. The PGY4 is at JMH’s Holtz Children’s Hospital every day with Dr. Stricker. Two and a half days per week are spent in clinic, and 1-2 days per week in the OR.  The PGY5 is exclusively at MCH except for conference on Thursdays. The PGY5 is in the OR 4 days per week and clinic one day a week.  

Thursdays are academic days with didactic lectures with Dr. Stricker following Thursday morning grand rounds and conferences. Friday mornings before clinic Dr. Stricker walks the residents through various pedi cases, from initial evaluation through treatment and follow-up. 

Spine PGY-2, 4
Attending faculty: Dr. Eismont, Dr. Brown, Dr. Gjolaj, Dr. Gottlieb, Dr. Lebwohl
Fellows: one

There is a good balance of time spent in the operating room, clinic and on the floor. The rotation offers excellent exposure to a wide variety of bread-and-butter and complex cases including degenerative disease, spinal deformity, infection, tumor and spinal trauma.

Academics are emphasized, with a combined neurosurgery/orthopaedics spine conference every Friday morning to discuss interesting cases. Weekly resident and medical student lectures are held and there are several journal clubs conducted throughout the rotation.

Trauma PGY- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Attending faculty: Dr. Zych, Dr. Hutson, Dr. Kalandiak, Dr. Quinnan, Dr. Vilella
Fellows: one

This very busy service (averaging 3 operating rooms per day) is based at Ryder Trauma Center and offers an outstanding operative experience for the resident.  The PGY1 and PGY2 are responsible for managing the inpatient census and preparing the daily pre-op conference. In addition, there are two midlevel practitioners to assist with inpatient care, thereby affording the PGY2 significant access to the OR. The PGY3 and PGY4 spend 4 days per week in the OR and one day in clinic. The chief resident manages the service and is responsible for organizing the daily operative schedule.  Residents typically work one-on-one with one of the 5 trauma attendings. Dr. Zych is the chief of the service and subspecializes in pelvic reconstruction; Dr. Hutson in lower extremity and Ilizarov reconstruction; Dr. Kalandiak in upper extremity/shoulder and elbow reconstruction; and Dr. Vilella and Dr. Quinnan in upper extremity as well as pelvic and lower extremity reconstruction (including Ilizarov).

Residents are exposed to all aspects of orthopaedic trauma, from basic closed fracture care to extremely complex orthopaedic reconstructions. Faculty subspecialty interests are broad and include pelvic reconstruction, limb salvage techniques with Ilizarov/circular ring fixator reconstruction, and complex upper extremity reconstruction. There is a tremendous amount of camaraderie in the program in general, but it is especially evident on the trauma service, as everyone lends a hand until the final case is done.

Foot and Ankle PGY-3 and 4
Attending faculty (Hollywood Memorial): Dr. Steinlauf
Attending faculty (JMH): Dr. Bowker

Residents rotate with Dr. Steinlauf at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood spending half the week in the OR and half in his office. In addition, Dr. Steinlauf spends two clinical days and one OR day a month at University of Miami Hospital. Cases vary from bread and butter foot and ankle to very complex lower extremity trauma and reconstruction. There is a weekly journal club and/or topic presentation at Memorial with Dr. Steinlauf. Dr. Steinlauf is very dedicated to teaching and runs a very busy private practice. The PGY3 also spends one day per week in the JMH OR and one half day per week in diabetic foot clinic working under Dr. Bowker. The time spent with Dr. Bowker is particularly good, as he wrote the book on amputations and diabetic foot reconstruction.

Orthopaedic Oncology PGY-1, 3 and 5
Attending faculty: Dr. Conway, Dr. Pretell
Fellows: 2

Approximately half of the time is spent in the private attending clinics and half in the OR.  This rotation is an excellent opportunity to see the entire spectrum of orthopaedic oncology. Didactics are excellent on this rotation, with faculty presentations every Monday and Friday. Pre- and post-op conference and multidisciplinary sarcoma conferences take place on Tuesday morning in collaboration with medical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and radiation oncologists.  The two tumor fellows contribute considerably to resident education in both the OR and in the clinics. Residents spend approximately 3 days per week in the operating room and the remaining time in clinic and attending offices.

Sports Medicine PGY-2, 4, 5
Attending faculty: Dr. Kaplan, Dr. Baraga
Fellows: one

The majority of this rotation is spent at UMH in the newly renovated and state-of-the-art sports medicine department. Residents will have the opportunity to assist in the care of both collegiate and professional athletes as both faculty are the team physicians for all University of Miami teams and athletic events. Dr. Kaplan is the team physician for the professional baseball team the Florida Marlins. There is opportunity to cover high school sports teams as well. Approximately half the time is spent in the OR and half in the clinics. There is a weekly educational conference held on Tuesday. 

Veterans Affairs Hospital PGY 1, 3, 5
Attending faculty: Dr. Pitcher, Dr. Bernstein, Dr. Mensch

The VA provides exposure to general orthopaedics. The PGY5 is in the OR five days a week. The PGY1 and PGY3 are in the OR three days a week and clinic two days. The most common operations performed include total hip, knee and shoulder replacement, ACL reconstruction and arthroscopic knee and shoulder procedures.

Board Exam Requirements
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Educational & Other Experience

  • Synthes AO Basic Fracture Course
  • All residents attend the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual meeting as either a PGY4 or PGY5 resident with full support from the department.
  • All Chief Residents are sponsored by the department to attend a board review course of their choice.
  • All residents have the opportunity to attend the Orthopaedic Oncology Course held each year in the Florida Keys. 
  • Residents who have a paper accepted at a national meeting are sponsored by the department to present their paper.
  • All residents are invited to attend the quarterly Miami Orthopaedic Society Meetings. 
  • A two-month anatomy course held each summer on the medical campus. 

The on-call schedules are the responsibility of the residents. The PGY2 orthopaedic residents are responsible for in-house coverage of the emergency room.  The PGY2 at Miami Children’s Hospital only takes call at that institution while the remaining six PGY2s take call at JMH. In-house call is covered by the PGY3 on the Night Float rotation. This resident is responsible for coverage in-house Sunday through Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays are covered by the remaining PGY3s and PGY4s. Chief call from home is shared among six of the seven PGY5s, placing them on call every sixth night. In addition, there are separate call schedules for the Hand Service (divided equally among the five residents/fellows on the service), UMH Hospital, and the VA Medical Center. Call from each of these services/hospital is from home and not in-house. There is a separate call schedule for Miami Children’s Hospital. The two junior residents at MCH share in-house call with the orthopaedic PAs.

Medical Student Clerkships
We may only accept for externships students who are registered and are in good standing at LCME approved medical schools. LCME medical schools are licensed and accredited medical schools in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. 

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine participates in the AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).  Medical students who wish to perform a rotation in our department must apply through VSAS. Please visit the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine School Information page on the VSAS web site for our school’s application requirements.   

In addition to the school’s requirements, you must also provide us with a copy of your USMLE score(s). This must be uploaded to the supplemental documents section. We also require students to indicate whether they are applying to our residency program or not. This can be a one line word document uploaded in the supplemental documents section.   

No elective will be approved until all the paperwork has been submitted. 

Once you have completed and certified your HIPAA training, please forward the original to us at the following address: 

Mail to:

Viveka Spivey
University of Miami
Department of Orthopaedics
PO Box 016960 (D27)
Miami, FL 33136

If you are planning to apply to our orthopaedic residency program it is suggested that you schedule your rotation between the months of August through December. All rotations will be for 4-week periods and must start on a Monday. Interviews for a position in our residency program will be by invitation only. Performing a rotation in our department may support your application, but will not guarantee you an interview.

Sheila A. Conway, M.D.
Program Director

Department of Orthopaedics (D-27)
JMT – East Suite 1021
1500 NW 12th Ave
Miami, FL 33136

Telephone: 305-243-3315
Fax: 305-689-4979