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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Royal Oak & Taylor

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Drew D. Moore MD
Residency Program Director
Orthopaedic Surgery, Royal Oak


Greetings,

Thank you for taking the time to learn about our program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Beaumont Royal Oak / Taylor orthopaedic residency program is now entering its 45th year of training residents. What sets our program apart from other residencies around the country is our high clinical volume, exposure to complex cases, robust didactics, collegial working relationships, and the broad spectrum of clinical practice environments.

Residents spend 4.5 years at Beaumont Royal Oak. The Royal Oak hospital campus is one of the largest, standalone, medical centers in the country with over 1,100 inpatient beds and an integrated pediatric hospital. As a Level I adult trauma center, Beaumont Royal Oak is a busy, coordinated, and well-resourced healthcare system.

The orthopaedic department consistently ranks in the top 25 of the US News and World Report, a testament to our commitment to excellence in healthcare. Orthopaedic surgical volume is one of the highest of any healthcare center across the country. Last year at the Royal Oak campus, 13,000 orthopaedic procedures were performed in our 20 daily orthopaedic operating rooms.

The department is comprised of over 45 orthopaedic surgeons with at least two fellowship trained surgeons representing each orthopaedic subspecialty, including orthopaedic oncology. Trauma, which serves as the foundation of orthopaedic training, is well represented by our 4 dedicated orthopaedic traumatologists.

Residents spend 6 months at the Taylor hospital; a smaller community hospital where trainees become acquainted with the general orthopaedic practice setting. Taylor hospital also provides the second highest volume of Makoplasty surgeries in the mid-west, making it an invaluable opportunity for residents to become familiar with robotic-assisted surgery.

Outpatient clinic exposure is a combination of resident run clinics at the Royal Oak and Taylor campuses as well as attendings private offices. Similarly, certain rotations will be spent with the staff at an ambulatory surgical center where residents can experience the speed and efficiency outpatient orthopaedic surgery. Beaumont also features an Acute Injury Clinic, an orthopaedic urgent care, which senior residents voluntarily staff for financial reimbursement, while further refining their diagnostic and treatment skills.

Academics and research are emphasized as the Royal Oak campus is the clinical teaching site of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. For applicants interested in research, dedicated lab staff are available to facilitate research projects including biomechanics, database queries, and clinical trials. Last year, our department published 49 research articles in addition to numerous podium and poster presentations.

For didactics, residents participate in a combination of daily morning conferences and weekly specialty conferences. These include Grand Rounds, anatomy dissections, and interesting case conferences. The strength of our didactic program is reflected in our consistently high OITE performance and ABOS passage rates. Hands-on bioskills training sessions are conducted in the Applebaum Surgical Learning Institute at the Royal Oak campus. Our nationally recognized Surgical Learning Institute features multiple full mock operating rooms. This allows for regular cadaver sessions, and large open space for saw bones exercises. Beaumont is also one of the only programs in the country to have a MAKO robotic joint replacement robot for dedicated use in this lab. 

Many of our graduates go on to the fellowships of their choice. For those who have elected to provide general orthopaedic care, all have felt well prepared. 

The thing I am most proud of here at Beaumont is the environment in which we practice. I myself am a graduate of this program, and it was the comradery and collegial relationship between the residents, attendings, and staff which made me decide this was the place I wanted to spend my career. That is also reflected in the fact that there is essentially no turnover in attending staff here. Similarly, it is a great affordable place to live with quick access to shopping, sports, culture, and the outdoors.
Overall, the Beaumont Royal Oak/Taylor program is unparalleled, and I hope you consider it highly.

Sincerely,
Drew D. Moore, M.D.

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