Orthopaedic
Surgery

The WellStar Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) Residency Program in Orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic surgery and providing medical care to children with musculoskeletal deformities.

Today, under the direction of 8 highly respected division chiefs and 40 faculty members, all 8 subspecialty areas of orthopaedics 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.

Legacy of excellence, commitment to innovation

 

Curriculum

The Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) specialty board certification examinations. The educational plan is designed to meet and exceed requirements of the ACGME, Orthopaedic 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 Orthopaedics. 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 orthopaedics. Opportunities include Chief Lectures, Trauma Rounds, Case Reports, Journal Club, M&M, Chairman’s Patient Safety Committee, Tumor Conference and Resident Lectures.

PGY-1 Rotation

Orthopaedic Surgery: 6 months, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

SICU: 1 month, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Vascular Surgery: 1 month, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Musculoskeletal Imaging: 1 month, Emory Healthcare

Emergency Medicine: 1 month, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

General Surgery: 1 month, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Plastic Surgery: 1 month, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

 

PGY-2 Rotation

General Orthopaedics: 3 months, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Orthopaedic Spine: 3 months, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Orthopaedic Traumatology: 3 months, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Orthopaedic Traumatology: 2 months, WellStar North Fulton Hospital

Foot and Ankle Surgery: 1 month, Resurgens

 

PGY-3 Rotation

Adult Reconstruction: 2 months, Peachtree Ortho Surgery Center, Resurgens, Atlanta Knee & Shoulder

Shoulder, Hip and Knee Arthroscopy and Surgery: 1 month, Peachtree Orthopaedics, Resurgens

Pediatric Orthopaedics: 3 months, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

Hand and Upper Extremity: 3 months, Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery Center of Georgia

Oncology: 3 months, Emory Healthcare

 

PGY-4 Rotation

Orthopaedic Traumatology: 3 months, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Pediatric Orthopaedics: 3 months, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

Foot and Ankle: 2 months, Resurgens

Orthopaedic Traumatology: 1 month, WellStar North Fulton Hospital

Sports Medicine: 2 months, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and 1 month, Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic

 

PGY-5 Rotation

Adult General Orthopaedics: 3 months, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Hand and Upper Extremity: 2 months, Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery Center of Georgia

Research: 1 month, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Orthopaedic Traumatology: 3 months, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Electives: 3 months, WellStar Atlanta Medical Center

Unique Features

Research Opportunities

The research arm of our program includes opportunities in stem cell and biotechnology advancement, cohort reviews, biomechanical studies and innovative research in a number of areas. Our affiliations with George State University and other institutions allow residents to complete university-centered research projects. With diverse orthopaedic 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.

Leadership & House Staff
Steven M. Kane
MD
Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery
A devoted teacher and practitioner, Dr. Kane graduated from the University of Utah and earned his M.D. at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. He completed an orthopaedic residency at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Utah State University. Dr. Kane has served on the medical school faculties of the University of Texas, Marshall University and the University of Missouri, where he was Chief of Sports Medicine for the School of Medicine. Dr. Kane’s passion for preparing the next generation of physicians led him to accept a position in 2008 as director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. His mission is to strengthen and grow this established, progressive program.
Daniel Schlatterer
DO
Vice Chairman, Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Schlatterer received a Doctorate of Osteopathy (DO) from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a surgical internship at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY, an orthopaedic residency at The University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, and an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Schlatterer practices orthopaedic trauma and his clinical interests include management of infections, nonunions, periprosthetic fractures, and complex traumatic soft tissue wounds. His interest in regenerative medicine began during recovery from a stroke in late 2015. He provides editorial review for 22 peer reviewed journals, and writes extensively while also pursuing product development. Publications include 6 textbook chapters, and over 12 research articles in orthopaedic journals. Dr. Schlatterer’s leadership and dedication to resident education has earned him 2 teacher of the year awards.
Marie Birthwright
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Coordinator
Marie is an accomplished graduate medical education professional, with nearly 3 decades of experience. She served for many years at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in various program coordinator positions, the last as residency and fellowship coordinator with the Department of Orthopaedics. In 2016 Marie joined WellStar Atlanta Medical Center as coordinator of the Orthopaedic Residency Program.
D. David Davis, M.D.
PGY-1
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia's Health Sciences University
Zachary Hanson, M.D.
PGY-1
University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine
J. Weston Robison, M.D.
PGY-1
Mercer University School of Medicine
Jared Shoops, M.D.
PGY-1
Mercer University School of Medicine
Zachary Evan Adkins, M.D.
PGY-2
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Ashley Elizabeth Mehl, M.D.
PGY-2
University of Queensland SOM/Ochsner Clinical School
Zachary Shai Rogozinski, M.D.
PGY-2
Florida State University College of Medicine
Ademola Shofoluwe, M.D.
PGY-2
Indiana University School of Medicine
Mikhail Alexeev, M.D.
PGY-3
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Clinton Cawley, M.D.
PGY-3
Mercer University School of Medicine
Yelena Levina, M.D.
PGY-3
University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine
Robert Thompson, M.D.
PGY-3
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Jakub Dmochowski, M.D.
PGY-4
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Jeffrey Donahue, M.D.
PGY-4
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia's Health Sciences University
Kurt Krautmann, M.D.
PGY-4
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Michelle Ramirez, M.D.
PGY-4
University of California San Diego School of Medicine
James Deal, M.D.
PGY-5
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
Ryan Eggers, M.D.
PGY-5
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Bradley Kessler, M.D.
PGY-5
Mercer University School of Medicine
Tobias von Bergen, M.D.
PGY-5
Emory University School of Medicine
Salary & Benefits

Benefits include:

  • A minimum of one day in seven free from hospital duties
  • Annual Vacation: 3 weeks
  • Fully paid business travel for abstract and podium presentations
  • Free professional conference poster preparation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Free Membership at Highland Athletic Club (adjacent to hospital)
  • Free Parking
  • EPIC Integrated System throughout the hospital and clinics; ability to access from home or mobile device
  • iPad mini
  • Jury and Bereavement Leave
  • Library access 24/7 for medical searches and article retrieval
  • Daily meals provided while in the hospital
  • Pleasant On-Call Quarters
  • Resident-Led Medical Ward Teams
  • Best Upon Request® on-site concierge service with minimal fees (ex: grocery shopping, car maintenance, gift retrieval)
  • Resident expense account for approved educational purchases up to $1,500
  • UpToDate™ access
  • American College of Physicians (ACP) annual membership

 

Core Benefits

Available to full time employees at no cost, these benefits include: Basic Employee Life Insurance, Basic Personal Accident Insurance and Long Term Disability coverage.

 

Medical/ Dental/ Vision Plan

Choose from comprehensive options in all three areas. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.

 

Disability Plan

Full time employees may purchase Short-term and Critical Illness coverage. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.

 

Life/Disability/ Voluntary Benefits Plans

Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance are available to you, your spouse, and children. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.

 

Reimbursement Accounts

Set aside pre-tax dollars for out-of-pocket medical and dependent care expenses. You have 31 days beginning on your date of hire/rehire to enroll. Your coverage will begin on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous full-time or eligible part-time employment.

 

403(b) Retirement Plan

All team members are immediately eligible to participate in the 403(b) plan. There is no waiting period to begin your contributions. Participating employees will receive a company match on their contributions of up to 4% of their base salaries.

Application Requirements & How to Apply

We participate in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Note that the WellStar AMC program does not offer preliminary intern or transitional positions. Below please find a brief summary of the key items, which are used as a part of the process for candidate selection.

  • Recent graduation from US or non-US medical school (within 5 years).
  • Clinical experience, as evidenced by letters of recommendation, from within the United States during externships/rotations.
  • USMLE scores ≥ 225 on both Part I and Part II; no history of prior failures.
  • Passage of the CSA examination.
  • Fluency in English and good written language skills.
  • ECFMG certification if applicable.
  • VISA status: J-1 visa holders only. Atlanta Medical Center does not sponsor other VISA types.

Visiting Students Orthopaedic Student Elective

An orthopaedic senior elective clerkship for fourth-year medical students is offered by the Department of Orthopaedics at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. It provides senior medical students a 4-week rotation with extensive exposure to general and sub-specialty orthopaedics.

During the 4-week rotation students will spend three weeks at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center on Trauma, Sports, Spine or General Orthopaedics.  One week will be spent at the Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery Center of Georgia along with the resident who is on the Hand rotation (if during a rotation, the number of students exceed 3, rotators may also go to one of our other sites).

Student schedules will be dependent upon the time of year, the need of the service and availability of faculty. Medical students will remain under the guidance of the resident with whom they are rotating, the chief orthopaedic resident, and Program Director Dr. Steven Kane. At the end of the 4 weeks, the students are required to present a selected lecture topic to faculty, residents and fellow rotating students during a Friday afternoon teaching conference.

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 Orthopaedic elective rotation at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center must supply their visiting student application materials through VSAS, the AAMC’s Visiting Student Application Service. 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 Marie Birthwright).

* Please note a current affiliation agreement between WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and your institution is necessary for the rotation.

For questions regarding the orthopaedic elective, please contact Marie Birthwright at Marie.Birthwright@WellStar.org.

 

We invite you to submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Applications may be submitted through December 31st of each year. In the past several years, we have received over 650 applicants annually and therefore are not able to respond individually. We will notify you should we select your application for an interview.

Our interviews (by invitation only) are conducted during the months of December and January of each year. We welcome your interest in WellStar Atlanta Medical Center’s Residency Program in Orthopaedic Surgery!

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Marie Birthwright.