Unique Aspects of the Program

John Peter Smith Hospital is a busy county hospital with Level I Trauma status. The residents see more than 12,000 patients per year in the JPS orthopaedic clinic. These patients have the full spectrum of orthopaedic problems, usually at more advanced stages. Because there are no residencies in neurosurgery and plastic surgery, JPS orthopaedic residents care for all patients with hand and spine disorders. And because there are no fellowship positions at JPS, residents do not have to compete with fellows for operative cases.

In addition to the county hospital experience, JPS residents rotate with subspecialty-trained orthopaedic surgeons at several outside facilities. The residents are exposed to the challenges of running a private practice and see what it is like to practice at a private hospital, while receiving expert operative and non-operative training.

JPS orthopaedic residents consistently perform operations at a rate that is significantly higher than the national average, and the breadth of experience is outstanding. Residents have significant hands-on experience throughout their training with direct supervision by faculty members who genuinely enjoy teaching.

The residency has a friendly atmosphere. Fort Worth is a great city in which to raise a family, the cost of living is reasonable and residents frequently are able to own a home within a short distance to the hospital.