Residency Programs

Program Advantages

Summa’s Orthopaedic Surgery residency is a fully accredited five-year program offering three positions per year. Learn directly from surgeons on the cutting edge of orthopaedics – all active in teaching, conferences and research. 

Reputation for Excellence
Dedicated Orthpaedic Facilities
Committed Teaching Staff
Full Subspecialty Representation
Level One Trauma Center
Pediatrics Rotation at Children's Hospital
Sports Medicine
Research Excellence
Medical Informatics
Teaching Opportunities
Tradition of Leadership

REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE
Summa has a long tradition of excellence in medical education. Often named on the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals list of 15 Best Major Teaching Hospitals (the only Ohio hospital in 2005), we’re passionately committed to hands-on training, giving you unprecedented access to patients and mentors from a department ranked #28 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report in 2006.

DEDICATED ORTHOPAEDIC FACILITIES
Summa’s St. Thomas Hospital is a uniquely supportive teaching environment. The entire staff specializes in orthopaedics, from administrators to physicians and nurses. New wet and dry labs let our residents hone their skills before scrubbing in the OR. In the dry lab, residents perform scoping on anatomic models of the shoulder, knee and ankle, while the wet lab offers cadavers for arthroscopic and open procedures (total knee, shoulder and hip replacements). Residents can even simulate an actual surgery in real time in the St. Thomas telesuite.

COMMITTED TEACHING STAFF
Many of our faculty members feel a deep loyalty to the program – since they came through Summa’s residency program themselves. They consider themselves to be peers and colleagues to our 15 residents, providing individualized teaching with a uniquely personal dedication.

FULL SUB-SPECIALTY REPRESENTATION
Our physician teaching staff shares their expertise in a wide variety of subspecialties, including:

  • Orthopaedic oncology
  • Arthroscopy
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Shoulder surgery and reconstruction
  • Joint replacements
  • Hand and upper extremity reconstruction
  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Sports medicine

LEVEL ONE TRAUMA CENTER
Our orthopaedic residents see some of the most challenging surgical cases only found in a major urban Level One Trauma Center. The opportunity to learn is remarkable – as you work side by side with surgeons skilled in difficult fractures and bone grafts.

PEDIATRICS ROTATION AT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Summa Orthopaedic residents are fortunate to do inpatient pediatrics rotations and admit patients at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron -- one of the ten largest pediatric hospitals in the U.S.  With a large patient volume, you gain exposure to a wide range of pediatric cases.

SPORTS MEDICINE
Gain hands-on experience in the growing field of sports medicine as you serve the University of Akron and Kent State University sports teams -- and the Akron Aeros minor league baseball team. Work alongside Dr. Nilesh Shah, Summa’s Director of Sports Medicine.

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
Summa places a high value on research, with a two-month mandatory research rotation split between Program Years II and III. Choose from basic science and clinical research projects, all under the direction of Michael Askew, Ph.D., of the Walter A. Hoyt, Jr. Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory. While several attending orthopaedists have ongoing projects, residents are encouraged to develop and explore their own areas of interest. Resident research has been presented at regional and national meetings and published in peer reviewed journals.

MEDICAL INFORMATICS

  • Each member of the intern class receives:
    • a new PDA
    • an initial set of books
    • yearly stipend for educational materials
  • access to Computerized Physician Order Entry system (CPOE) hospital-wide

TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES
Since Summa is a major teaching hospital, we offer residents the benefit of teaching 2nd, 3rd and 4th year medical students. Formal faculty rank is available to Program Year III residents who assist in teaching the Physical Diagnosis Lab for 2nd year students.

TRADITION OF LEADERSHIP
The Summa Orthopaedic Residency Program has a tradition of nurturing leaders. Many of our program graduates hold leadership positions in Orthopaedic associations, educational institutions, and physician practices at local, state and national levels.

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