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Dr. Jim Hurt, left, performs an operation with the assistance of Dr. Reaves Crabtree. an orthopaedic surgery resident.
Dr. Jim Hurt, left, performs an operation with the assistance of Dr. Reaves Crabtree. an orthopaedic surgery resident.
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Capital Ortho to serve as UMMC resident training facility

Published on Tuesday, June 11, 2019

By: Marc Rolph, mrolph@umc.edu

A new relationship between Capital Ortho and the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation will provide opportunities to expand and enhance private practice-based resident training. 

UMMC will place residents at Capital Ortho in Flowood to train in surgery and clinic operations, said Dr. Matthew Graves, UMMC professor of orthopaedic surgery and residency program director. That will give them valuable exposure to private practice orthopaedics in addition to the highly specialized tertiary and trauma care that is part of an academic medical center’s mission.

Capital Ortho's new facility is located at 104 Burney Drive in Flowood.
Capital Ortho's new facility is located at 104 Burney Drive in Flowood.
“We're proud to be selected as a training site for UMMC's orthopaedic residents,” said Dr. Tal Hendrix, a sports medicine and shoulder surgeon at Capital Ortho who completed his residency training at the Medical Center. “A significant portion of their training at UMMC involves treating complex cases not typically found at a community clinic. However, many of them will go on to work in a private practice setting similar to ours, treating more common orthopaedic injuries and disorders.

“All nine of our physicians at Capital Ortho had the privilege to train at UMMC, so we are looking forward to giving back by enhancing the residents' training experience and helping to better prepare them for their future careers.”

Residents from the Medical Center will each perform a 10-week rotation at Capital Ortho that includes both clinic visits and outpatient surgical cases. “In general, there are more routine cases done in private practice than at a tertiary referral center” such as UMMC, Graves said.

Dr. Stanton Ward, left, explains details of a surgery to orthopaedic surgery resident Dr. Turner Brown.
Dr. Stanton Ward, left, explains details of a surgery to Dr. Turner Brown, an orthopaedic surgery resident.
“Our goal is to increase their exposure to private practice orthopaedics. That’s what the majority of our residents will do,” Graves said. “We want them to have more time to train on those cases so that they will be better at them when they finish training.”

This expansion builds on UMMC’s current, ongoing resident-training collaboration with Mississippi Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Graves said. 

“We’re indebted to our colleagues in private practice for the support they provide to our training programs,” he said.

“This training more appropriately simulates what they will be doing when they leave their residencies,” said Dr. George Russell, James L. Hughes Chair and Professor of the UMMC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation.