Attention Prospective Applicants!

Attention Prospective Applicants!

Educational Mission

The training faculty members of The Ohio State University Orthopaedic Residency Program are committed to the education of all residents and wish to prepare these physicians to function as well-qualified, independent specialists in orthopaedics. We believe that residents require training in basic science, and clinical care as it is relates to orthopaedics. Our role as educators is to instill residents with those traits essential to success including honesty and integrity, objectivity, self-motivation, curiosity, timeliness, and a sense of responsibility.

Program Description

Excellence in patient care, research, and education is the overall goal of the Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University. The residency training is committed to a process of maturation in the pursuit of knowledge, and the development of intellectual capacity leading to a life-long commitment to the fundamentals of a career in orthopaedic surgery. Exposure to all ortho specialties on both the junior and senior level allows the resident to explore the subspecialties of Orthopaedics. This experience is not exclusive but is well blended with general orthopaedics providing a more global experience. Research is expected and encouraged and support is provided by both a medical editor and a grant writing specialist. The resident participates in didactic educational conferences that incorporate case-based learning. Clinical teaching conferences also occur regularly on every service. To supplement these educational conferences, substantial educational resources are also available electronically, for all specialties. Periodic testing evaluates the progress status of the resident's educational experience.

The Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University is committed to a Teaching program that includes both a basic science and a clinical curriculum that allows the resident participants to be involved with over 50 orthopaedic surgeons. The attendings are based at the University Hospitals and at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The residents are exposed to a wide spectrum clinical environments. The variety of styles in the management of orthopaedic problems, surgical indications, patient/physician relationships, charting/documentation, and billing methods are truly comprehensive

Residents are treated as individuals, are encouraged to develop excellence, and are held accountable for their personal professional development. Finally, they have the great reward of knowing that they are part of an ongoing process of inquiry and discovery. Both resident and faculty mentoring occur on an ongoing basis in order to assist with professional growth. The need for musculoskeletal health and well-being will continue to increase in demand, as our population shifts to an older demographic. We train our residents for life-long learning and continual improvement so they are prepared to enter the ever-changing health care system.

Program Aims

  • To graduate residents who are competitive applicants and can work effectively in the practice setting of their choice, whether academic or private practice.
  • To graduate surgeons who are capable of practicing competently and independently
  • To graduate residents who are well qualified competitive applicants for sub–specialty fellowship education
  • To improve faculty teaching skills in order to strengthen the resident’s educational experiences.
  • To promote resident well-being
  • To improve resident participation in patient safety/quality improvement projects
  • To develop resident didactic and case-based education that will develop life-long learning skills that evolve as our healthcare system changes.

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Program Director


Thomas Scharschmidt, MD

Program Director, Orthopaedic Residency

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