Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Environment

Our residents receive training in hospital, clinic, outpatient and office settings. Our teaching staff includes fellowship-trained surgeons in all specialties including trauma, hand, foot and ankle, total joint arthroplasty, spine, shoulder, sports, pediatric orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic oncology.   The program covers four private hospitals in Grand Rapids and is affiliated with Michigan State College of human Medicine; Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Hospital, a level II trauma center with approximately 80 orthopaedic beds; Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital, a level II trauma center with a dedicated joint replacement center and approximately 100 orthopaedic beds; Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, a major level I trauma center with approximately 130,000 emergency department visits per year and approximately 100 orthopaedic beds, and Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

Program Focus

Each rotation is tailored for the resident’s level of training. The PGY2-PGY5 rotations consist of 10 week blocks. They allow the resident to get an in depth approach to different subspecialties. The length of the rotations allow both residents and attendings to become comfortable with each other’s learning and teaching styles as well as give residents the opportunity to have increased surgical participation and autonomy.

Orthopaedic Surgery Curriculum Structure


A full didactic schedule includes monthly anatomy dissections, journal club, and surgical skills laboratory. Weekly Grand Rounds provide didactic lectures as well as a resident hour dedicated to the review of selected readings and preparation for the orthopaedic in-training examination. Attending led conferences also occur at each hospital on a weekly basis. A quarterly basic science seminar rounds out the curriculum as does our guest lecture series featuring physicians from around the nation.

Weekly Rotation Specific Conferences

Weekly Grand Rounds 7-9am Wednesday
• Resident and attending lectures supplemented with guest lecturers

Weekly Resident Hour 9-10am Wednesday
• Chief resident guided reviews of trauma text and Instructional Course Lectures

Monthly Anatomy Lab
• Located in the orthopaedic residency’s cadaver and skills laboratory with a hands-on cadaveric dissection reviewing surgical approaches, osseous/neurovascular/muscular anatomy

Monthly Journal Club

Monthly Skills Lab
• Curriculum includes musculoskeletal exam and surgical techniques

Basic Science Lecture Series
• Quarterly videoconference with guest speakers

Orthopaedic Pathology review
• 10 week course held before the in-training examination

Annual Alumni Conference

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Visiting Professors & Guest Lecturers


The GRMEP Research Department provides support to Spectrum Health residents and faculty in all areas of research and scholarly activity (e.g., quality, educational, surveys).  To access more details, including templates (e.g., study protocol, poster), help request forms and other contact information, visit GRMEP Research.


Teaching Faculty of the Year

2017 – Tim Henne, MD and Matt Steensma, MD

2016 – Scott Burgess, MD and Geoffrey Sandman, MD

2015 – Terrence Endres, MD

2014 – Thomas Malvitz, MD and Bryan Kamps, MD

2013 – Clifford Jones, MD, Geoffrey Sandman, MD and Peter Theut, MD

2012 – Scott Russo, MD, Karl Roberts, MD and Susan Day, MD

2011 – John Maskill, MD

2010 – Karl Roberts, MD

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