Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH
Residents receive a diverse exposure to the diagnosis and management of adult orthopaedic pathology at several institutions. These rotations provide an overall balanced experience in areas including Sports, Adult reconstruction, Shoulder and Elbow surgery, Foot and Ankle surgery, and musculoskeletal infections. Residents work in a variety of different settings requiring flexibility and the ability to function efficiently in a variety of hospital systems. The diversity of settings provides residents with a unique opportunity to participate in a number of different cases as well as the opportunity to see alternative procedures, equipment systems, and techniques in managing musculoskeletal pathology. Furthermore, residents receive extensive training in the non-operative management of multiple conditions through comprehensive clinic exposure. The overall experience residents at the University of Illinois at Chicago receive provides an unparalleled development of well-rounded Orthopaedic surgeons.
Our residency program in orthopaedic surgery offers seven positions each year. We rotate at four major institutions in the Chicago area and work with a large number of orthopaedic surgeons in all orthopaedic sub-specialties. Two of these institutions are level one trauma centers. An additional fifth educational site is the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital where our third and fourth year residents receive some of their specialized pediatric instruction. By working in a variety of different settings residents develop flexibility and the ability to function efficiently in a variety of hospital systems and to care for a diverse patient population.
To supplement our residents’ vast surgical and clinical experience, we maintain a rich didactic program. Weekly conferences cover all topics in orthopaedics and include both resident and faculty lectures as well as many guest lecturers. Focus is placed on basic science, clinical, and current trends in orthopaedics, as well as the knowledge domains covered in the yearly orthopaedic in-training exam.
In addition to our educational experience, our residents are able to enjoy the great city of Chicago. Chicago offers everything from classic sporting venues (e.g. Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, and the United Center) to various festivals,
street fairs, theatrical performances, culture events and an array of museums. Most of our residents live within the many neighborhoods throughout the city as well as the surrounding suburbs.
Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH
University of Illinois
For more information on the University of Illinois Orthopaedic Residency, please visit www.uicorthopedics.com