Medical Education

Program DirectorProgram AdministratorLength of ResidencyPositions
Thomas Baker, DOLena Mitchell
(800) 432-3309 ext. 4
[email protected]
Five year residencyFive (per year)


Residency Program Overview

The Doctors Hospital Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program has been training osteopathic residents since 1951. The goal of the program is to provide a broad and flexible experience to residents that will prepare them for both general orthopedic practice as well as provide them with the tools to become competitive in the pursuit of a fellowship if desired. With over 33 core attending physicians and several additional surgeons available for elective rotations this program utilizes both mentorship style training as well as resident directed services in a variety of settings. The program's strength lies in extremely broad exposure to both general as well as rare sub-specialty orthopedic cases in local hospitals with a focus on early surgical exposure and generous case volume.

Doctors Hospital, a traditional community hospital, serves as our program's base. A recent renovation, that includes a 27.5 million dollar expansion for the Heritage Center for Osteopathic Medical Education, provides our residents with a state of the art simulation center and cadaver lab. The newly renovated medical library and call room area provide excellent facilities for residents for academic pursuits and during call. Grant Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center, serves as our base for sub-specialty training, trauma and elective rotations. This high volume urban center is an incredible asset for our residents with rich exposure to acute orthopedic trauma as well as complex reconstruction. Nationwide Children's Hospital, a level 1 pediatric trauma center, serves as a wonderful local pediatric orthopedic experience. During this 6 month rotation our residents work side by side with residents from The Ohio State University as well as the Mt Carmel Health system. The Westerville Medical Campus is a facility built in 2009 that houses the Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center, our core foot and ankle service, as well as an out-patient surgery center where many of our sub-specialty providers operate.

The program also has established relationships with other facilities and surgeons around the city and region to provide elective rotation opportunities for our senior residents. Riverside Methodist Hospital, Fairfield Medical Center, Marion General Hospital and other private practices and surgical centers have been utilized by our residents for this purpose. Out of system rotations are also built into the curriculum for unique educational opportunities should residents require or desire them.

Doctors Hospital residents work through a tightly structured didactic program that is designed to prepare residents for the annual in training exam as well as the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery certification examination. The didactic program is based on protected education time on Wednesday mornings and is bolstered by regular journal clubs and additional cadaver lab activities. The curriculum is predetermined to allow each resident a transparent schedule for the complete five years of training. Elective and selective rotations are built in to allow variations for individual preferences.

The didactic program and curriculum are paired with numerous opportunities for research through each facility independently or through the Ohio Health Research and Innovation Institute as a blanket organization. Each of these research opportunities are designed, in part, to provide residents with the resources required to develop and carry out meaningful research. An established guideline allows all residents to easily meet the research requirements of the AOA, but additional opportunities are plentiful and participation is encouraged.

The orthopedic residency program consists of five years of post-graduate medical education training with most time spent at Doctors Hospital and some time spent at Grant Medical Center and Children's Hospital. There are 5 positions available each year.

Medical Students interested in orthopedic surgery as a career are strongly encouraged to setup a clinical rotation during your 4th year prior to the match (July-October). Information regarding medical student rotations can be found here. Doctors Hospital participates in the ERAS system for the internship/residency application process.  All applicants must complete the online information and register for the AOA match to be eligible.