The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program at Dell Medical School has officially come to life, with four outstanding, newly minted physicians walking through the doors of Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas, the primary teaching hospital where they will train, on July 1.
Doctors Ben Kopp, Carl Nunziato, Claire Ryan and James Spearman “matched” to the program. Matching is a process through which applicants and programs select preferences based on the mutual alignment of desired attributes. We could not be more enthusiastic about the quality and caliber of this inaugural class.
During the last two years, an incredibly dedicated and hard-working team led by Karl Koenig, MD, MS, and Austin Hill, MD, MPH, has built the program from the ground up. This same team will work with our new interns, developing them into the transformative physician leaders of tomorrow. They will be master surgeons who know when to operate, know what operation to perform and know how to do it, with decisions made in each step ensuring the best possible outcomes.
Orthopaedic Surgery comprises many sub-specialties, and we have some of the most highly skilled surgeons in our community serving in leadership roles within the residency program. These surgeons ensure that our trainees achieve mastery in their areas of specialty:
- John McDonald, MD (Sports Medicine)
- Catherine Sargent, MD (Pediatrics)
- Brannan Smoot, MD (Foot and Ankle)
- Lee Reichel, MD (Hand)
- Ronald Williams, MD (Oncology)
- Eeric Truumees, MD (Spine)
- Austin Hill (Trauma, Associate Program Director)
- Karl Koenig (Arthroplasty, Program Director)
In addition to a strong foundation in clinical skills, the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program boasts unique curricular elements. For example, residents spend time caring for patients at the Musculoskeletal Institute, which provides them with experience in organizing and delivering care in a multidisciplinary setting focused on patient-centered outcomes. Residents also participate in a leadership curriculum, which helps develop their communication skills and the competencies required to create sustainable patient-centered care delivery models. Finally, residents engage in research around measuring and improving outcomes that matter to patients.
The infrastructure brought to life for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program — and the work of the faculty and residents caring for patients as part of the residency program — bring many benefits to the people of Austin, Travis County and Central Texas. We have already seen how the new Musculoskeletal Institute has positively impacted the lives of those suffering from a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Patients receive appointments more quickly, are treated in a single visit more often, and are better matched with the treatment that delivers the optimal outcome — one that by its very definition takes patient preferences into account. Our trainees and their faculty leaders will help move this work forward, identifying and improving upon the outcomes that matter most to our patients, and delivering care that patients will recognize as different.