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Recognizing the need for orthopedic services, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center offers a five-year training program for orthopaedic residents. This program provides training that covers the multi-subspecialty disciplines of orthopedic surgery. The program includes a balance of clinical experience in trauma, sports medicine, spinal reconstruction, joint reconstructive surgery, children orthopedics, hand surgery, and orthopedic oncology, with emphasis in basic science and research.

St. Joseph’s University Medical Center sponsors its Residency and Fellowship programs.

  • The program, which has 15 total positions available (three for each year), is divided over post-graduate years (PGY) 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Participating hospitals and healthcare settings include:
  • St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson
  • St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Wayne
  • Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • Hackensack University Medical Center

The Orthopedic Residency Program provides a well-integrated experience with abundant clinical instruction and a balanced experience in trauma, reconstructive surgery, children’s orthopedics, spine/scoliosis surgery, oncology, hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and arthroscopy/sports medicine. Basic science is incorporated into all five years. Dedicated to providing residents with a quality learning experience, faculty are highly educated, having trained in hospitals around the country and in highly regarded residency programs.

Rotations in PGY1 focus on the development of a broad clinical orthopedic knowledge base. Additional topics of interest include 

  • General Surgery
  • Trauma surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Emergency Room Medicine

PGY-2 junior residents are assigned to the private and ward orthopedic services in the adult/children’s trauma service. They begin their rotation in sports medicine and spend one afternoon each week on the private ambulatory care service. Throughout the year, emphasis is placed on the development of history-taking and physical skills, as well as the development of appropriate diagnostic and treatment plans. Rudimentary surgical skills, including pre- and post-operative care, are also developed.

PGY-3 residents gain increased responsibility for patient care on operative and non-operative cases. Residents rotate in the foot and ankle, tumor and pediatric orthopaedic services.

PGY-4 residents begin the adult/children’s trauma/reconstructive service and choose an elective of interest.

PGY-5 senior residents serve as chief resident in charge of the orthopedic service, executing all major orthopaedic procedures with their own assigned patients, and act as first assistant on various surgeries with the attending. The mechanics of running a private practice are also highlighted.

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery requires all residents to participate and complete a research project with emphasize on pathology and treatment of various conditions including:

  • Sports medicine
  • Trauma
  • Spine surgery
  • Adult Reconstructive Surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology

Recent publications:

Issa K, Rifai A, Boylan MR, Pourtaheri S, McInerney VK, Mont MA. Do Various Factors Affect the Frequency of Manipulation Under Anesthesia After Primary Total Knee Arthroplasty? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Jul 8. PMID: 25002219

Issa K, Naziri Q, Kapadia BH, Lamm BM, Jones LC, Mont MA. Clinical characteristics of early-stage osteonecrosis of the ankle and treatment outcomes. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 May 7;96(9):e73.

Cherian JJ, Kapadia BH, Issa K, Banerjee S, McInerney VK, Harwin SF, Mont MA. Preoperative blood management strategies for total hip arthroplasty. Surg Technol Int. 2013 Sep;23:261-6.

Banerjee S, Issa K, Kapadia BH, Khanuja HS, Harwin SF, McInerney VK, Mont MA. Intraoperative nonpharmacotherapeutic blood management strategies in total knee arthroplasty. J Knee Surg. 2013 Dec;26(6):387-93. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1353993. Epub 2013 Aug 19

Issa K, Banerjee S, Rifai A, Kapadia BH, Harwin SF, McInerney VK, Mont MA. Blood management strategies in primary and revision total knee arthroplasty for Jehovah's Witness patients.  J Knee Surg. 2013 Dec;26(6):401-4. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1353994. Epub 2013 Aug 16.

Issa K, Rifai A, McGrath MS, Callaghan JJ, Wright C, Malkani AL, Mont MA, McInerney VK. Reliability of templating with patient-specific instrumentation in total knee arthroplasty. J Knee Surg. 2013 Dec;26(6):429-33. doi: 10.1055/s-0033-1343615. Epub 2013 Apr 10.

Pourtaheri S, Emami A, Stewart T, Hwang K, Issa K, Harwin SF, Mont MA. Hip flexion contracture caused by an intraspinal osteochondroma of the lumbar spine. Orthopedics. 2014 Apr;37(4):e398-402. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20140401-64. PMID: 24762848

Pourtaheri S, Emami A, Hwang K, Allert J, Brothers A, Issa K, Mont MA. Cervical corpectomy with ultralow-dose rhBMP2 in high-risk patients: 5-year outcomes. Orthopedics. 2013 Dec;36(12):931-5

Issa K, McElroy MJ, Pourtaheri S, Patel S, Jauregui J, Mont MA. Outcomes of primary total knee arthroplasty in the morbidly obese patients. J Long Term Eff Med Implants. 2013;23(4):301-7.

Eligible 3rd and 4th year medical students from accredited programs interested in gaining additional knowledge about orthopedic surgery may have an opportunity to rotate in the department of Orthopedics. This consists of a four-week rotation and the student will be exposed to operating room procedures, emergency room diagnosis and treatment, care of in-house patients, and the didactic programs.

Key responsibilities of the students include:

  • The students are integral members of the orthopedic team
  • They participate in rounding on patients and are involved in the treatment care in the emergency department and operating room.
  • The students are also responsible for preparing a power point presentation during the 4 week rotation, as well as participating in weekly conferences.
  • The students are not required to take night calls or weekend calls, however, interested students can spend additional time assisting junior residents on-call in the evaluation and management of acute orthopaedic injuries.

Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Each year, 3 first-year residents (PGY-1s) are matched. All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Graduates of medical schools outside the United States should contact the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for information on how to apply to our residency program via ERAS.

Application Requirements

  • Personal statement
  • United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step I exam
  • Medical school transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s letter
  • Photograph

We do not require information beyond what can be transmitted through ERAS.

Application Deadline

The deadline for submitting application material to Hospital for Special Surgery is November 15th.

Selection of Residents

Once all applications have been received, the Selection Committee will review your file thoroughly. If a personal interview is granted, you will be notified by email in December. The selection of residents from the pool of eligible applicants will be made on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, research background, communications skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. We do not have a minimum USMLE or other minimum score requirements.  Interviews are held in January.