Orthopedic Surgery
Our Residency Program in Orthopedic Surgery is among the oldest and most respected in the country. Our program was inspired more than 50 years ago by Dr. Michael Hoke’s seminal work in teaching orthopedic surgery and providing medical care to children with musculoskeletal deformities.
Legacy of excellence, commitment to innovation
Today, under the direction of 8 highly respected division chiefs and 40 faculty members, all 8 subspecialty areas of orthopedics are taught. The focus is on excellence in teaching, research and patient care, as we innovate to meet the demands of a dynamic and exciting medical specialty.
Research Opportunities
The research arm of our program includes opportunities in stem cell and biotechnology advancement, cohort reviews, bio-mechanics study and innovative research in a number of areas. Our affiliations with Georgia State University and other institutions allow residents to complete university-centered research projects. With diverse orthopedic practices within the residency, large patient populations are available for data acquisition and comparative evaluation. The presence of our on-campus, fully functioning anatomy lab makes anatomical research a mainstay of our program.
Surgical Skills Learning Laboratory
Residents gain high-value skill and experience from working in our cadaveric surgical skills learning laboratory. Full-time access to the lab permits residents to improve their arthroscopic surgical skills and practice surgical approaches. The facility also serves as an incubator for testing new ideas with the support of corporate sponsors. Residents get the rare opportunity to see products and processes in development while conducting research on both anatomical and bio-cellular fields of study.
Curriculum
The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program curriculum is designed to prepare competent and ethical practitioners, and to comply with requirements to practice independently and to take and pass the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) specialty board certification examinations. The educational plan is designed to meet and exceed requirements of the ACGME, Orthopedic Residency Review Committee and ABOS.

The curriculum is centered on the Orthobullets “365 Day Study Plan.” Monday through Friday reading topics are assigned to each resident, as well as links to journal articles used as a resource for further study. This enables all major areas and testable topics for boards and training exams to be covered each year. As well, optional weekend reading journals and book chapters are offered as a supplement to the core weekly material.

The program features a wide variety of rotations covering all required disciplines within Orthopedics. The rotations are led by prominent, fellowship-trained faculty, and most feature one-on-one learning. The breadth of exposure requires residents to be dispersed across the Atlanta Metro Area. Didactics are attended and delivered by a cadre of highly regarded experts in all 8 subspecialties of orthopedics. Opportunities include Chief Lectures, Trauma Rounds, Case Reports, Journal Club, M&M, Chairman’s Patient Safety Committee, Tumor Conference and Resident Lectures.
Leadership & House Staff
How to Apply
Our interviews (by invitation only) are conducted during the months of December and January of each year. We welcome your interest in Wellstar’s Residency Program in Orthopedic Surgery!

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Cheryl Cundy.
How to Apply for an Elective
Students from institutions accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) interested in applying for the Orthopedic elective rotation at Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center must supply their visiting student application materials through the AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). The following are the necessary requirements to be uploaded into VSAS:
  • Letter of good standing and rotation approval from your school
  • Official transcript from medical school
  • USMLE Step 1 score report
  • Current copy of malpractice insurance information regarding students accepting elective clerkships at other institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation from a professor or physician with whom you’ve worked
  • Copy of curriculum vitae. Current background check. Current flu vaccine (during flu season)
  • Copy of immunization records
  • Copy of current PPD
  • Senior elective application (contact Cheryl Cundy)
*Please note a current affiliation agreement between Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center and your institution is necessary for the rotation.