The residency program at William Beaumont Army Medical Center is one of the largest in the Department of Defense. It is also the only combined military and civilian orthopaedic surgery residency program. The residents have opportunities to take advantage of the clinical resources of both civilian and military facilities. These resources include William Beaumont Army Medical Center and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center-El Paso/University Medical Center. Both facilities are trauma centers and as a consequence the residents in this program see all of the region’s major orthopaedic trauma.
This five-year program begins at the PGY/1 level. The residents are selected at the Joint Services Selection Board. The current classes have four residents per year for five years. The program is fully accredited by ACGME and the Orthopaedic Residency Review Committee.
The variety of clinical case material between military and civilian facilities allows the residents to train in all aspects of orthopaedic surgery. We include rotations in Spine, Sports Medicine, Trauma, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Hand, Foot and Ankle, and Total Joints. We have special rotations at the Spokane Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, Primary Children’s Medical Center/University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago to augment our Pediatric and Total Joint Reconstructive exposure.
The residents of the William Beaumont/Texas Tech program graduate with a broad exposure to the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal diseases. A close affiliation with military units and active duty soldiers provides experience necessary should one be deployed later in their career. There are plenty of opportunities for both clinical and laboratory research which is a requirement for completion of the training program.
The program welcomes bright, highly motivated medical students and physicians interested in orthopaedic surgery to come, visit the program, see our facilities and try out for the team!