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Program Advantages

Unique Pathology, High Volume, ALL Local

Summa’s Orthopaedic Surgery residency is a fully accredited five-year program offering four positions per year. Our program provides a unique experience where we learn and operate with an academic faculty team coupled with a large private practice group. We have dedicated rotations for all specialities (including Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery & Orthopedic Oncology) within the city of Akron, OH. Our operative experiences range from a tertiary care level I trauma center, a nationally recognized childrens hospital, a high volume orthopedic inpatient hospital and a high volume orthopedic outpatient surgery center.  

Dedicated Orthopaedic Facilities

Summa’s St. Thomas Hospital: Uniquely supportive teaching environments with high volume surgical case load. The entire staff specializes in orthopaedics, from administrators to physicians and nurses. 

Austen Simulation Center for Safety & Reliability (ABIA): State of the art educational facility with wet & dry labs that we use for multiple annual events and routine practice of basic surgical skills and techniques. Current annual events include: Pediatric Orthopedic Review, Orthopedic Oncology review, 8 Cadaver Anatomy sessions, All-day Arthroscopy course with cadavers and an All-day Hand Surgery cadaver course. This is also the primary location of our intern boot camp that encompasses many cadaveric and anatomical model labs including bone handling, soft tissue handling & micro-surgical skills (among many others).

Committed Teaching Staff

Many of our faculty members came through Summa's Orthopedic Residency themselves and feel a deep loyalty to the program. They consider themselves to be peers and colleagues to our residents, providing individualized teaching with a uniquely personal dedication to their success.

Team Physician 

Gain hands-on experience in the growing field of sports medicine as you have the opportunity to serve the University of Akron and Kent State University sports teams. Specifically, PGY3 residents are responsible for covering all University of Akron home football games.

University of Akron Football
Kent State University Football

Research Excellence

Summa places a high value on research, with a two-month mandatory research rotation split between Program Years II and III. Choose from basic science and clinical research projects, all under the direction of Brian Davis, Ph.D of the Walter A. Hoyt, Jr. Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory. While several attending orthopaedists have ongoing projects, residents are encouraged to develop and explore their own areas of interest. Resident research is routinely presented at regional and national meetings and published in peer reviewed journals.

An in-house orthopedic research fellowship grant, the Robert F. Kepley Orthopedic Fellowship, up to $50,000 is available on an annual basis to residents with exceptional research proposals. 

While the majority of resident research is presented at regional and national meetings, local opportunities for research meetings do exist. Summa hosts an annual Postgraduate Research Day. Summa Orthopedic Surgery and Akron General Orthopedics host an annual Akron Research Day.  

Education Resource Support 

Each member of the residency receives:
● Yearly stipend for educational materials
● Yearly conference attendance including lodging, travel, food & conference fee.
  • PGY1: AO Trauma Course
  • PGY2: OTA Trauma Course
  • PGY3: Arthroscopy Course
  • PGY4: Conference of choice (typically in field of fellowship)
  • PGY5: AAOS Academy Meeting
● Travel expenses coverage for research meetings in which residents are presenting

Teaching Opportunities

Since Summa is a major teaching hospital, we offer residents the benefit of teaching 3rd and 4th year medical students on orthopedic surgery rotations. Additional opportunities include anatomy and splinting workshops built in to the general medical school curriculum for all levels.