University of Hawaii Orthopaedic Residency Program

The years spent in an Orthopaedic residency program should prepare you to fulfill your personal and professional goals as an orthopedic surgeon. The University of Hawaii Orthopedic residency program is administered by the Hawaii Residency Programs, Inc., which oversees all non-military residency training in Hawaii.

Our program emphasizes early active (operative) participation by our residents, with gradually increasing levels of surgical and patient care responsibilities. The Hand Surgery, Sports Medicine, Total Joint, Pediatric and Spine services have fellowship trained faculty. Our strong didactic program consists of dedicated teaching days with conferences scheduled Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings. On Tuesday afternoons, residents direct and operate our Queen Emma clinic. Wednesdays are started with Grand Rounds, or M&M conferences, presented by our chief residents. Surgical cases are covered Mondays, and Wednesdays through Fridays. Residents scrub on the main operating room and on same day cases. Our residents attend several out-of-state didactic and "hands on" educational courses during their training.

My personal educational philosophy emphasizes a collegial, non-threatening atmosphere where residents are given all the tools to become superior orthopedic surgeons and researchers. We seek responsible, ethical residents with a superior work ethic and a desire to excel. Teaching responsibilities are gradually increased during your training. Summative performance evaluations are given after every rotation and formative feedback is provided frequently during all rotations. By your PGY-5 year you will:

  • Be able to operate independently with minimal attending guidance.
  • Lecture to junior residents and medical students on a wide variety of orthopedic topics
  • Run the Queen Emma Clinic service, as the Administrative Chief Resident
  • Critically evaluate the orthopedic literature and effectively exchange information with patients, families and colleagues
  • Design and carry out basic science and clinical research projects
  • Provide excellent patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective.
  • Demonstrate a superior level of medical knowledge that is the foundation of excellence in patient care
  • Adhere to ethical principles and be sensitive to diverse patient populations and cultures
  • Appraise and assimilate scientific evidence to improve your patient care practices

Your orthopedic training will be a lifelong adventure. Good luck and thank you.

Robert E. Atkinson, M.D., Program Director, University of Hawaii Orthopaedic Residence Program

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