The goal of the John Peter Smith Hospital Orthopedic Residency Program and Fort Worth affiliated hospitals is to train qualified physicians to become highly competent and well-rounded general orthopedic surgeons


Utilizing the most current and applicable educational tools, as recommended and updated by the ACGME, the educational process builds upon the resident's requisite foundation of knowledge, to facilitate the acquisition of additional knowledge, practical experience and guided learning in general orthopedics and the related medical and surgical sub-specialties.


The specific resident educational objectives for the program overall, each postgraduate year (PGY) and each subspecialty rotation are defined in this manual individually under the ACGME's six general competencies.


The specific resident educational objectives identified in this manual will be successively achieved over the 5-year training period.


The educational progress of each resident will be cyclically monitored through serial assessments using multiple objective assessment tools.  Only the most current and acceptable objective assessment tools and standards, as outlined and updated by the ACGME, will be used.  During the assessment period the resident will receive regular and timely performance feedback from the attending physician.  At the end of each appraisal period the responsible attending physician will complete a written objective evaluation, which is then reviewed with the resident to provide constructive guidance towards improving resident competence and performance.


lichtman  David M. Lichtman, M.D.
In 1998, following a distinguished career in Navy medicine and as professor of hand and upper extremity at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Rear Admiral David M. Lichtman, MC, USN (Ret) joined the staff at John Peter Smith Hospital as Chairman of Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of the Fort Worth Affiliated Hospitals Orthopedic Residency Program.  In 2006 he was named Chairman of Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Lichtman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. He interned at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. His first tour of duty in the U. S. Navy was as a flight surgeon with carrier Air Wing 3 at N.A.S. Oceana and aboard the U.S.S. Saratoga. He then did his orthopedic residency at Naval Hospital Oakland and a fellowship in hand surgery with James N. Wilson, M.D. in San Diego.

After serving three years as head of the Hand Surgery Service at Naval Hospital Bethesda, Dr. Lichtman was appointed Chief of Orthopedics at Naval Hospital Oakland in 1977. While there, he established and directed the U. S. Navy/Sterling Bunnell Hand Surgery Fellowship. In 1984, Dr. Lichtman was reassigned to Naval Hospital Bethesda as Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Director of their residency program.

In January 1987, Dr. Lichtman was notified of his selection to the rank of Rear Admiral. In addition to his administrative duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Hospital Oakland and subsequently, the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, RADM Lichtman has been equally dedicated to academic and clinical medicine. An internationally recognized expert in upper extremity surgery, Dr. Lichtman has written and lectured extensively on hand and wrist problems. In 1987, he published a widely distributed textbook entitled, "The Wrist and Its Disorders." The second edition, including CD ROM "multimedia" version, is currently in production.

Dr. Lichtman's military awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal , the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal (two awards), Humanitarian Service Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal and Expert Pistol Medal.

He is a past president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2006), past president of the Society of Military Consultants to the Armed Forces (2004) and a current delegate to the American Medical Association. He is a current member of the Orthopaedic Residency Review Committee of the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and an oral examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


 2011-2012 JPS Orthopedic Residents 

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Mary Bryant