Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Welcome to the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University, located in Syracuse, NY.

The primary objective of the SUNY Upstate Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program is to provide a well-balanced educational experience for residents that will allow them to develop into knowledgeable, competent, compassionate and ethical orthopedic surgeons.

We accept four residents each year into a comprehensive five-year program. The program objectives focus on patient care, education, and research to train physicians to excel in the practice of orthopedic surgery. As the only academic hospital-based facility in Central New York, we serve the entire five-county region, and see the full spectrum of orthopedic conditions and injuries.

Program Overview

The first year is comprised of a number of off-service rotations and three months of orthopaedic surgery. Rotations during the subsequent four years are devoted to orthopedic surgery and are organized to provide graduated responsibility to the trainee.

The majority of the general/community rotations occur during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. Subspecialty rotations occur primarily in the PGY-4 and PGY-5 years. Attending physician coverage on all services is provided for by both full-time and voluntary faculty at each of the affiliated hospitals.

Subspecialty Rotations

All of these rotations are based at University Hospital in Syracuse. There is no requirement for rotations in different cities. The subspecialty rotations include:

  • Hand and upper extremity surgery (PGY 3 & 5) 
  • Sports medicine (PGY 4) 
  • Spine surgery (PGY 4) 
  • Orthopaedic oncology (PGY 4) 
  • Arthroplasty (PGY 5) 
  • Foot and ankle surgery (PGY 5) 
  • Pediatric orthopaedics (PGY 2 & 4) 
  • Trauma (PGY 5)

Trauma exposure is included in all the general orthopedic rotations but there is also a dedicated three month trauma rotation as a chief resident.

Appointments

Appointments are renewable annually at the discretion of the resident and the department chairman. Quarterly evaluations are provided according to the requirements of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Residents participate in the annual Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (OITE) administered by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS), and an annual oral exam is administered by the department to further evaluate development of skills essential to the practice of orthopaedic surgery.

Other Details

Residents are provided with three weeks of vacation during the PGY-1 year and four weeks of vacation each year during the PGY-2 through PGY-5 years. 

Funding for a resident trauma course during the PGY-3 year and the annual meeting of the AAOS during the PGY-5 year is provided. Funding for presentation of original research at major North American orthopaedic meetings is also available. In addition, department funding for microsurgical loupes is provided.

A fully stocked orthopedic library and multiple computers with broadband web access is also present within the department offices at the hospital for the residents' use 24 hours a day.

Night call varies from rotation to rotation, but in general involves in-house coverage every third night during the first two years. Call schedules are variable during the final two years, but calls are usually taken at home once a week. Call on all rotations conforms to New York State Code 405 regulations and the new ACGME standards.

Professional employment outside of required house staff responsibility is permitted only with approval of the department chairman.

Stipends for House Staff

 

  • 1st year post-MD = $50,061 
  • 2nd year post-MD = $53,821 
  • 3rd year post-MD = $56,318 
  • 4th year post-MD = $58,622
  • 5th year post-MD = $61,335 
  • 6th year post-MD = $63,838

Individuals who are designated as senior residents in each department receive $500 in addition to their regular stipend. All stipends are in lieu of maintenance, although a room for sleeping is provided for residents on call in the hospital.

House officers are covered by an institutional medical malpractice insurance policy. Health and hospital insurance is provided through the Upstate Medical University by compensatory arrangements.

Residence Life

A list of available rooms and apartments is maintained by the director of residence halls and the Interns-Residents Spouses' Club helps new house officers in obtaining appropriate living facilities. Additional information regarding housing can be obtained by writing:

Director of Residence Living
SUNY Upstate Medical University Residences
175 Elizabeth Blackwell Street
Syracuse, New York 13210

or

Interns-Residents Spouses' Club
c/o House Staff Office
SUNY Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, New York 13210

or

Graduate Medical Education Offices
SUNY Upstate Medical University
750 East Adams Street, Room 1814
Syracuse, New York 13210

For inquiries and application process, please visit our Upstate Hospital website for more information.

Residency Training Manual

The SUNY Upstate Medical University orthopedic surgery residency education program takes great pride in the quality of the education program.

The purpose of this manual is to provide you with a clear description of the residency program. This manual provides you with critical information that will be of value throughout your years in the program. Please carefully read through this manual.

Residency Training Manual

Applications and Inquiries

Applications to the program are accepted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).

Interviews will be arranged only after a complete ERAS application has been submitted. No candidates are accepted without an interview.

Invitations for interview dates will be emailed to candidates. Full day interviews and program tours are completed on a Saturday in December and/or January of the applicant's senior year.

The final selection process is through the National Resident Matching Program. Senior students will be matched into the overall five-year program. There are no positions offered out of the match.

For inquiries:

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
Upstate University Hospital - Downtown Campus
750 East Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-464-5226
Fax: 315-464-6470
Name: Ms. Julie Bordeau
Email: bordeauj@upstate.edu

For more information about Graduate Medical Education, click here: http://www.upstate.edu/gme/index.php

Current Residents

PGY-1

  • Kevin Albanese
    Kevin Albanese, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Vela Chebolu
    Vela Chebolu, St. Louis University School of Medicine
  • William Hardy
    William Hardy, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Jeff Rossow
    Jeff Rossow, University of Minnesota

PGY-2

  • Matthew Albanese, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Matthew Albanese, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Gregory Carlson, MD, University of Minnesota
    Gregory Carlson, MD, University of Minnesota
  • Dami Oluyede, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Dami Oluyede, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Zachary Telgheder, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Zachary Telgheder, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University

PGY-3

  • Holden Heitner, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Holden Heitner, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Sean Marx, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Sean Marx, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Sridhar Pinnamaneni, MD , University of Missouri
    Sridhar Pinnamaneni, MD , University of Missouri
  • Aymen Rashid, MD, Johns Hopkins University
    Aymen Rashid, MD, Johns Hopkins University

PGY-4

  • Jordan Meiss, MD, University of Illinois
    Jordan Meiss, MD, University of Illinois
  • Ronald Sismondo, MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University
    Ronald Sismondo, MD, Northeast Ohio Medical University
  • Jared Smith, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
    Jared Smith, MD, SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • Akshay Yadhati, MD, Jefferson Medical College
    Akshay Yadhati, MD, Jefferson Medical College

PGY-5

  • Brett Daly, MD, Ohio State University
    Brett Daly, MD, Ohio State University
  • Marc O'Donnell, MD, New York University
    Marc O'Donnell, MD, New York University
  • Michael Rozell, MD, Albany Medical College
    Michael Rozell, MD, Albany Medical College
  • William Zimmerman, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University
    William Zimmerman, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University

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