Letter From the Orthopaedics Residency Director

Dr. Bradbury

Thomas Bradbury, Jr. M.D.

Residency Program Director
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine

For over 60 years, the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Emory has provided the ultimate postgraduate training experience in Orthopaedic Surgery.  Through a broad, high volume clinic experience, the Program strives to produce orthopaedic surgeons who will provide musculoskeletal patient care that is compassionate, effective and appropriate.   The Department’s didactic program provides the structure by which the orthopaedic resident can attain a mastery of orthopaedic medical knowledge.  The Program’s focus on advanced preparation for surgical cases and clinical encounters, advanced preparation for didactic lectures, in depth interaction with faculty during clinical rotations and structured study for the annual Orthopedic In-service Training Exam (OITE) provides an all-encompassing learning experience.  The early and extensive surgical experience allows a mastery of the psychomotor skill sets required to provide the highest quality surgical care for the orthopaedic patient.  Exposure to the department’s clinical research program and quality improvement initiatives provide an understanding of how to improve musculoskeletal care for decades to come.  The Department is pleased to carry on a proud tradition.

Overview of the Program

The Emory University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers a five-year residency training program that satisfies the eligibility requirements of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. At present, 24 full-time Emory faculty participate in the educational program, in addition to numerous community physicians. Through a multidimensional approach, the department strives to offer the highest quality resident education possible.

To achieve this goal, the program allows residents extensive exposure to all subspecialties in Orthopaedics. Residents develop their clinical skills by participating in the busy clinical services of the department in a wide variety of practice settings. As they progress through the program, they receive increasing responsibility in patient care, a central tenet of the program's educational philosophy.

The department's large clinical patient base provides ample training in all recognized subspecialties, with all rotations taking place in Atlanta. During the academic year, residents attend core curriculum lectures, a two-year cycle of faculty and resident lectures designed to give exposure to all aspects of the field. Grand Rounds, M&M, Complex Case Conference, Journal Club, and rotation specific conferences add additional experiences. During the summer months, residents break from the schedule of Grand Rounds to focus on surgical anatomy, relevant basic science, and development of psychomotor skills. The fresh dissection laboratory enhances the residents' abilities to master surgical anatomy.