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Information for Residents

Mission Statement

The mission of the Orthopaedics Residency Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina Department of Orthopaedics is to provide a superior academic and clinical education in orthopaedic surgery, to provide superb orthopaedic care to all patients who come to the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, to provide the orthopaedic resident with an understanding of orthopaedic research, and to foster an attitude of lifelong learning and teaching. 

Program Description

The Medical University of South Carolina Orthopaedic Residency Training Program is under the direction of Lee R. Leddy, M.D., Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Program Director, John S Glaser, M.D., Professor of Orthopaedics and Assistant Program Director, and Vincent D. Pellegrini, Jr., M.D., Professor and Chairman of Orthopaedics.

The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in the subspecialties of orthopaedics. During the five years of the residency program the resident will develop their clinical and surgical skills by working closely with faculty members in providing patient care and conducting research. The resident will be given increased responsibility for assessing musculoskeletal problems and developing appropriate care plans. Clinical practice will be supplemented with a comprehensive academic program, clinical conferences, and self-directed resident study. The learning environment is organized to encourage inquiry and develop new knowledge. Participation in research activities is required throughout the five-year program and specific research project goals are assigned to residents.

The Department of Orthopaedics provides training for four new residents each year. Time is devoted throughout the program to gaining practical experience in subspecialties while refining diagnostic and surgical skills. The MUSC Orthopaedics faculty practice and residency program covers all aspects of practice including pediatric orthopaedics, joint replacement surgery, spinal surgery, fractures, polytrauma, foot and ankle, sports medicine, hand surgery, prosthetics and amputations, and orthopaedic oncology. Training sites include the Medical University Hospital, MUSC Children's Hospital, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, and a community rotation with private practice surgeons at Roper and St. Francis Hospitals in Charleston. Of note, the entirety of the residency training occurs in Charleston; there are no away or remote rotations required for a comprehensive training experience.

The training program gives residents a balanced experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Approximately 35 percent of surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures. Faculty clinics are held at Rutledge Tower, West Ashley Medical Pavilion, East Cooper Medical Pavilion in Mount Pleasant, and the North Charleston Medical Pavilion.


Application Information

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery uses the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The applications are available October 1, 2016 and should be submitted by November 10, 2016. In addition to the requirements set forth by ERAS we require three letters of recommendation (preferably from your department chair) and Dean's letter due by November 1, 2016. Four positions are matched per year. Cassaundra Tucker, the residency program coordinator, may be reached at 843-792-0245 or via email at to answer any questions about the application procedure.

Address inquiries to:

Cassaundra Tucker, BS, C-TAGME
Department of Orthopaedics, Residency Program Coordinator
Medical University of South Carolina
96 Jonathan Lucas Street, Suite 708
MSC 622
Charleston, SC 29425-6220

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Department of Orthopaedics

96 Jonathan Lucas Street


Charleston, SC 29425


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