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  • Dr. Matthew Graves, residency program director, and Dr. George Russell, department chairman
    Dr. Matthew Graves, residency program director, and Dr. George Russell, department chairman

    Director's Message

    On behalf of the UMMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation faculty and residents, I want to personally welcome you to the departmental website.

    Our residency program is a 5-year opportunity and accepts four residents a year. The department consists of experienced fellowship-trained faculty in every orthopaedic subspecialty including oncology, pediatrics, spine, foot and ankle, hand, reconstruction, shoulder and elbow, sports medicine and trauma. The training program allows for experience seeing patients across the spectrum of university-based ambulatory and federally funded healthcare centers along with university-based private practice and community private practice clinical settings. This spectrum is offered within a 10-mile radius, allowing for nearly all work to be completed close to home. UMMC is home to the only Level-1 trauma center and the only pediatric hospital in the state, thereby providing a unique high-volume experience during training. For many years, we have additionally offered the opportunity to complete an international 12-week fellowship during training if so desired.

    We are thankful to provide a family-friendly atmosphere to a tightly knit group of 20 orthopaedic residents. The faculty-resident and resident-resident interactions are hard to match. This creates a positive, productive learning environment that allows for a focus on personal and professional development without unnecessary distractions.

    We are committed to pushing the boundaries of adult education and growing together as teachers and learners. We do expect more and will continue to strive to create a love for the discipline and a desire for lifelong learning. In short, we want to help you reach your potential and become excellent orthopaedic surgeons. We hope that you will take some time to look at the website and consider taking a closer look by coming to see things first-hand. Please let us know if you have any specific questions. 

    Matthew L. Graves, Assistant Professor
    Director, Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program