Why choose UVA?

Why choose UVA?


Ortho Conference Schedule





Charlottesville, Virginia and it's surrounding area is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. In 2004 the City was given the distinction by Cities Ranked and Rated as the Best Place to Live in  America, and Charlottesville has consistently been listed among Money and Fortune  Magazines'  Best Places to Live and Best Places to Retire. It has a small town feeling, with big city offerings in art, theater, music dining and other cultural activities.  It is steeped with history and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities.

While training to be an Orthopaedic surgeon may be somewhat taxing and time-consuming, recreational and family time outside the hospital provides a nice balance to the work.  The town of Charlottesville and the beautiful mountainous surroundings offer an assortment of leisurely activities.  The numerous bars and restaurants at the downtown mall and University area allow residents to spend time with friends and family.  A multitude of musical venues such as the Downtown Pavilion and John Paul Jones Arena consistently draw national acts supporting a thriving music scene.  For those who enjoy attending sporting events, the University of Virginia Division I athletic teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  Hundreds of hiking and bike trails meander through the surrounding mountains allowing residents to enjoy the natural beauty of the area.  



The University of Virginia Medical Center is a 589 bed level 1 trauma center located in the heart of Charlottesville, VA.  The leading tertiary care hospital in central Virginia, the University Hospital draws from a broad geographical region with a diverse patient population. 
Orthopaedic residents at U.Va. manage a high volume of patients and are exposed to a wide variety of injuries and conditions.  Rotating through 5 ten-week service blocks per year, residents receive ample training in all Orthopaedic disciplines.  Service teams of junior residents paired with upper level residents and fellows optimize the teaching and learning environment.  Clinical responsibilities and operative opportunities advance based on experience and ability. 
During call, interns on Orthopaedics generally shadow upper level residents to learn basic skills and gain experience.  Starting PGY-2 year, residents take primary E.R. and trauma room call treating minor Orthopaedic injuries, evaluating major injuries for operative intervention, and assisting the faculty and upper-level resident in the operating room.  A well-tuned night-float system has eliminated overnight call during the week.  The Orthopaedic chief runs the trauma room and provides support for the junior residents for challenging consults or situations. 
Daily conferences following a systematic curriculum establish a solid foundation of knowledge, while weekly service-specific conferences and monthly journal clubs cover current topics and techniques.  An emphasis on academics affords residents the opportunity to pursue a wide range of basic science and clinical research endeavors as well.  



The Orthopaedics program at the University of Virginia fosters an environment of collegial camaraderie.  The residents enjoy spending time with each other outside of the hospital establishing enduring professional friendships during their time at U.Va.  Balance between work and family is also a priority.  About half of the residents are married and several have children. 

Frequently, residents and attendings will gather after a tough clinic or OR day at a local restaurant to relax and enjoy life away from work.  The numerous top-notch area golf courses also provide an outlet for unwinding, and faculty and residents alike may demonstrate their ability on the links at the yearly Chief's Banquet Golf Tournament.  The Turkey Bowl football game is played every Thanksgiving, and although no Orthopaedic injuries have been sustained recently, the nasal bone has been vulnerable among residents of late. 


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