Program Mission and Aims


Our goal is to provide a residency program which provides individual growth opportunities, teaches clinical competency, and fosters administrative, research, and mentoring skills. We encourage residents to understand and develop their own learning styles and we guide residents as they establish strong foundations upon which to build their future practice. We use the strengths and motivations of adult learners to encourage development of lifelong habits encompassing the six core competencies. The philosophy of the Boston Medical Center’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is based on the triad of patient care, education, and research. While patient care remains the program’s first priority, all three elements are integral components of a comprehensive educational experience. All resident clinical activities at all levels of training are supervised by appropriately credentialed faculty. The residency works within a framework of evidence-based medicine and graduated clinical responsibility. Residents are given patient care responsibilities commensurate with their level of training, demonstrated skills, and experience. As residents progress through training, clinical duties and responsibilities increase to reflect broadening knowledge, comfort, and experience.



Our residents come from all over the country and as a specialty that is male dominated, our program has one of the highest ratio of women residents and diverse cultural backgrounds. Residents choose our program because we have a diversity of practice settings (Boston Children’s, Lahey, MGH, Shrine & VA) and our residents present at many national meetings due to the amount of research projects accepted. We have less fellowships compared to other programs so there is no competing for cases or time with the attendings.

What do our trainees do when they graduate?

  • Our residents match into specialty specific fellowships

What patient populations do we serve?

  • Urban/suburban/rural
  • Cultures (race, ethnicity, religion, immigrant-legal/illegal…)
  • Hospital-based vs community-based practices
  • Insured/uninsured/types of insurance
  • Patient access to health care (private car, public transportation, other)

Additional Aims

  1. Provide a strong mentorship based education which stresses the therapeutic relationship with the patient, patient based decision making, and evidence based care.
  2. Expose trainees to diverse patient populations and cultures and provide experience in caring for patients from many backgrounds.
  3. Provide a culture of inquisitiveness and investigation through Socratic conferences, academic investigation, critical analysis journal clubs and substantial outside influences from national courses and visiting lecturers.
  4. Encourage trainees to develop self-awareness of their strengths and potential weaknesses as it relates to their role as a health care professional.
  5. Graduate physicians devoted to life-long learning and evidence based practice.