The Atlanta Medical Center Orthopedic training program has a wide array of rotations which cover all required disciplines within Orthopedics lead by leading fellowship trained faculty in each field throughout the city of Atlanta.
Orthopedic Trauma - AMC
The orthopedic trauma rotation serves as the backbone for the education of each resident while they continue their pursuit of orthopaedics rotating at a busy Level I Trauma Center. General care of critical injured patients, basic operative skills, and fracture fixation are taught at an early level and built upon during the other rotations throughout the five years of training. At Atlanta Medical Center, the orthopedic trauma team is lead by Dr. Daniel Schlatterer, both fellowship trained orthopedic traumatologists. The orthopedic interns spend 3 months each year on this rotation learning the initial evaluation of surgical care and follow up care of their patients. They have time during their rotation to go to the operating room to learn basic operative techniques and perform or assist on many orthopedic cases. The PGY-2’s rotate for 6 months on the trauma service splitting this time with Dr. Schlatterer for 3 months and 3 months with another physician. During this time, they build upon the basics learned as an intern and become comfortable performing internal and external fixation techniques. They are able to have continuity of care throughout the hospital stay and as an outpatient in the offices of Dr. Schlatterer as well as in the Resident’s Sheffield Clinic. The PGY 4 & 5 residents spend a total of 6 months on the trauma service, working closely with Dr. Schlatterer to help develop a plan of care for each patient on the service during their hospital stay and as an outpatient. In the operating room, they help teach the basics of fracture care to the interns and PGY-2’s in addition to learning more complex techniques in peri-articular and pelvic fractures from Dr. Schlatterer.
As a PGY-4, the resident spends 3 months at Grady Memorial hospital working alongside the residents from Emory University. They serve as one of 4 chief residents and are heavily involved in the pre-op, intra-op, and post-op of the Grady patients. Dr. Tom Moore directs this rotation along with Dr. George Wright, Dr. Allen McDonald, II and Dr. Will Reisman. This rotation allows the residents more autonomy in the decision making process and also an opportunity to work at a county run facility.
Under the direction of Dr. Howard McMahan, the residents at AMC receive a comprehensive education in adult spinal pathology and surgery during 3 months of their PGY 2 year. Rotations are set up to allow a maximum of clinical and operative exposure. Dr. Chris Edwards, a fellowship trained spine specialist provides the department with a large number of operative spine cases in both cervical and lumbar pathology and is noted to be an outstanding instructor in both the clinic and the operative suite. The rotation splits time with both Dr. McMahan and Dr. Edwards with ample time for reading and research activities.
Our residents spend 3 months total on the sports medicine rotations, as PGY-5. The sports medicine rotation is lead by our Chairman, Dr. Steven Kane. The residents spend one clinic day and one operative day with Dr. Kane. Dr. Kane is fellowship trained in sports medicine and a recognized expert in arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder. In addition, he serves as team physician for Atlanta Public High Schools which allows the residents opportunities for on the field care of local athletes. Since his administrative duties encompass the rest of his time, the residents spend the other 3 days of the week with Dr. Scott Gillogly. Dr. Gillogly has served as the team physician for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Thrashers. The residents on the sports service have the opportunity to be on the sidelines and cover sporting events with Dr. Gillogly. Dr. Gillogly is one of the leading international experts in the research of and clinical applications for cartilage restoration of the knee, shoulder, and ankle. In addition to this area of expertise, Dr. Gillogly has a busy private practice that allows the residents ample opportunity to evaluate and treat both common and complex problems seen by athletes of all ages and skill levels. He works mainly out of his private office and surgery center but also does in-patient procedures at St. Joseph’s hospital in Atlanta.
Our residents spend 6 months at Scottish Rite Hospital for the pediatric orthopedic rotation, including 3 months as a PGY-3 and 3 months as a PGY-4. The pediatric orthopedic rotation at Scottish Rite has a proud history and has been a foundation of our program since its inception. Currently, there are 7 fellowship trained attendings and 2 fellows at Scottish Rite, lead by the division chief Dr. Jorge Fabregas. The experience at Scottish Rite covers the full spectrum of pediatric orthopedic disorders and treatments. The attendings at Scottish Rite are leaders in the field for treatment of scoliosis, hip dysplasia, and clubfoot. Scottish Rite hospital has a pediatric sports medicine program that ranks among the highest in the nation. In addition, the residents are exposed to pediatric fracture care through the busy emergency room while on this rotation. The resident experience is broadened by the numerous clinics that are at Scottish Rite, including myelodysplasia clinic, cerebral palsy clinic, and limb deformity clinic. The residents are allowed to participate in the full care of the patients from either office or emergency room evaluation through follow-up evaluations in the office after their operative or non-operative treatment. In addition to our residents, the Scottish Rite faculty hosts residents from Duke University and Eisenhower Medical Center, who help to cover call at Scottish Rite Hospital.
Our residents spend 3 months on the hand surgery rotation as a PGY-3. The resident’s time is split between the two division chiefs, Dr. Gary Lourie and Dr. Alan Peljovich with peripheral involvement of 3 other fellowship trained hand surgeons. Both Dr. Lourie and Dr. Peljovich have busy private practices in Atlanta encompassing both routine and more complex adult and pediatric disorders of the hand and upper extremity. In addition, Dr. Lourie has a special interest in sports-related injuries in the upper extremity and serves as an assistant team physician for the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Tech. He also serves as the hand specialist for the Atlanta Falcons and numerous other colleges and universities in the southeast. Dr. Peljovich is noted for his expertise in the treatment of pediatric and adult brachial plexus injuries and adult tetraplegia. While most of the surgeries are done as an outpatient, the residents on the rotation help cover hand call at Scottish Rite, Northside, and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Residents with a special interest in hand surgery have an opportunity during elective time as a PGY-4 to work with the other surgeons in their practice.
Our residents spend 3 months on the adult reconstruction rotation as a PGY-3 and 2 months as a chief resident at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. The rotation includes time with Dr. Stephen Smith, (hip and knee reconstruction), and Dr. Xavier Duralde, (shoulder and elbow reconstruction), at Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic in Atlanta. Dr. Smith, the division chief, is a prolific total joint surgeon and a recognized leader in the field of hip resurfacing. The residents on this rotation are exposed to a high surgical volume and a busy outpatient clinic. Time spent on the rotation with Dr. Duralde exposes residents to a high volume of shoulder arthroplasties including total, hemi, and reverse techniques.
Foot and Ankle
Our residents spend 3 months on the foot and ankle service as a PGY-3. Time on the rotation is split between Dr. James Beskin and Dr. Ashkan Lahiji at Peachtree Orthopedic Clinic, division co-chiefs. Both surgeons have busy private practices that focus on adult forefoot, hindfoot, and ankle disorders working out of Piedmont Hospital. Residents learn numerous surgical techniques in bunion and hammertoe correction, hindfoot and ankle arthrodesis, and achilles tendon repair. Residents also have exposure to nonoperative and follow-up care in the private offices of Dr. Beskin and Dr. Lahiji.
Our residents spend 3 months on the oncology rotation as a PGY-5 at Emory University Midtown. Time is split between the two division co-chiefs Dr. David Monson and Dr. Shervin Oskouei. The residents are exposed to a full spectrum of oncologic disorders in adult and pediatric patients including benign bone and soft tissue tumors, malignant primary bone and soft tissue tumors, and metastatic disease. The rotation includes both clinical evaluation in the office and surgical care in the operating room. In addition to their oncologic practices both Dr. Monson and Dr. Oskouei have robust adult reconstruction practices focusing on revision knee and hip replacements. The resident on the rotation works with a PGY-2 from Emory University to cover inpatients and call.
Residents at Atlanta Medical Center spend 3 months as a PGY-2 and 3 months as a chief resident working with our core orthopedic faculty Dr. John Keating, Dr. Thomas Ross, Dr. Eric Furie, and Dr. Daren Newfield. These attendings all have broad orthopedic practices that encompass most of the orthopedic specialties. As a PGY-2, residents gain early exposure to total joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, fracture care, and other essential orthopedic procedures. As a chief resident, greater autonomy is allowed in decision making and surgical care building upon the knowledge and skills gained during the specialty rotations as a PGY-3 and PGY-4.
During their internship, each resident will spend a month with Dr. Michael Terk at the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center where they receive a comprehensive education in orthopaedic radiology interpretive skills. This includes regular radiographs, ultrasound, CT scans and MRIs. By completing this rotation, the residents are better able to order the appropriate studies for their patients and interpret the findings. This month with Dr. Terk is also designed to allow ample time for reading and planning as it pertains to research projects and preparation for PGY2. During this month, the PGY-1 residents will spend Thursday and Friday Mornings with Dr. Ernest Howard who is a rehabilitation specialist. During this time, the residents will learn EMG/NCV study completion and interpretation, rehabilitation medicine of spinal cord injury patients, orthotics and prosthetics and the medical support of orthopedic trauma patients who are undergoing rehabilitation at the Atlanta Medical Center Rehabilitation unit. Case histories and journal club article will be discussed within this context during the month that the resident participates with Dr. Howard.