Welcome To Our Program
P. Christopher Cook, M.D.
The Orthopaedic Residency Program at the University of Rochester is dedicated to educating its residents to achieve a broad understanding of all aspects of the musculoskeletal system. The residents are exposed to every subspecialty area of orthopaedics including the opportunity to participate in the care of complex musculoskeletal trauma cases, as well as participating in orthopaedic care in a community hospital. Clinical material is vast with over 190,000 outpatient visits occurring within the department and more than 12,000 surgical procedures annually.
The curriculum is broad, encompassing all of the 12 subspecialties with required reading as well as suggested reading. At the same time, the residents can opt to participate in research projects which often help them prepare their senior theses.
During their residency program each resident develops diagnostic and operating skills in all of orthopaedics including pediatric orthopaedics, fractures and dislocations, polytrauma, surgery of the spine including disc surgery, hand, shoulder and elbow, foot surgery, athletic injuries, musculoskeletal oncology, and rehabilitation, geriatric fractures and joint reconstruction. The faculty members are committed to the education of the resident and work side-by-side in the offices, clinics and operating room.
All residents prepare a formal thesis based upon clinical, translational, or basic science research as one of the requirements to complete their residency. A faculty member serves as an advisor to teach resident on their project. The residents have two 8-week rotations devoted to research, during their third and fourth year of residency. The theses are presented and defended at the R. Plato Schwartz Lectureship held in late May or early June every year.
The faculty is committed to providing an intensive, encompassing exposure to disorders and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Each brings a special talent to the residency program and takes great pride in the accomplishments of the residents. Thus, residents have ample opportunity to gain exposure to all of the subspecialties before deciding in which area they may choose to specialize.
Residents receive departmental support to present their research at major national meetings. Additionally, the residency provides skills in leadership and teaching. The resident graduates of the University of Rochester Department of Orthopaedics have subsequently achieved national and international recognition for their research, leadership, and educational achievements.
Since inception, the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation has been responsible for orthopaedic education for 14 Chairs throughout academic health centers in this country and Puerto Rico and has educated 5 heads of divisions of Sports Medicine. Six current Orthopaedic Chairs outside of Rochester trained at the University of Rochester Orthopaedics Residency Program. Our graduates have been president of every major Orthopaedic association in the United States including the American Orthopaedic Association, The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Association of Orthopaedic Chairs, the Hip Society, the Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, the International Society of the Knee.
P. Christopher Cook, M.D.
Residency Program Director
Our outpatient facility at Clinton Crossings brings together a full-range of orthopaedic, rehabilitation, and imaging specialists and offers patients unparalleled convenience.
Strong Memorial Hospital
This institution is the parent and flagship hospital for the residency program. It is staffed by 33 full-time clinical Orthopaedics faculty organized into 13 divisions. All of the divisions are very active and provide residents a balanced, broad experience in all areas of orthopaedics. That includes experience in adult reconstruction, athletic medicine, foot/ankle, general orthopaedics, hand, oncology, pediatric orthopaedics, spine, trauma, and research. Strong emphasizes basic science and clinical research. The majority of the basic science research is in cellular and molecular biology. There is a major emphasis on Orthopaedics teaching, with one or two conferences held each day, Monday through Friday.
At Highland Hospital, a University of Rochester-affiliated hospital, we have a small number of orthopaedic attendings present. This allows the resident to work very closely with the attending staff on a one-to-one basis. Emphasis is placed on pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care. Strong Memorial Hospital attendings now operate at Highland Hospital as well. The emphasis is on general orthopaedics, geriatric fractures, and joint replacement, in a highly efficient community hospital type of setting.
There is a program in place to allow residents to spend time with individual attendings in their private office settings. This will further enhance the resident’s experience regarding pre-operative decision-making. It will also broaden a resident's experiences in non--operative orthopaedics. Approximately half the attendings on the Highland staff are trained outside the Rochester area. That brings a broad, outside-Rochester experience and approach to the residency training program.
Sawgrass Surgical Center
180 Sawgrass Dr. Rochester, NY 14620