July 28, 2011

VU Orthopaedics resident to train at Williamson Medical Center

VU Orthopaedics resident to train at Williamson Medical Center

Continuing a close relationship between the two institutions, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is partnering with Williamson Medical Center to offer Orthopaedics residency training in the Williamson County hospital.

Fourth-year Vanderbilt Orthopaedics resident Philip To, M.D., began his training at WMC on July 1, under the direction and supervision of Vanderbilt Bone and Joint physicians.

“The Vanderbilt Bone and Joint physicians and WMC provide excellent patient care, and we want our residents to see that kind of care and dedication,” said Ginger Holt, M.D., associate professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at VUMC. “Working with an Olympic team physician (Craig Ferrell, M.D.) is one of the unique things we cannot provide at Vanderbilt, and we are fortunate to now have this opportunity.”

On a 10-week rotation, one resident at a time from VUMC’s Orthopaedics residency program will be studying at WMC. Residents will be directly supervised by an orthopaedic surgeon and will assist in surgery. Residents will not see patients independently or write orders or prescriptions.

“Residents in Vanderbilt’s Orthopaedic program will greatly benefit from spending time at Williamson Medical Center,” said WMC chief of staff Starling Evins, M.D. “WMC is not a teaching hospital, but residents who are about to enter into private practice can learn a great deal from us about day-to-day operations of a successful orthopaedics program.”

Williamson Medical Center is a 185-bed hospital located in Franklin, Tenn., and performs about 650 total joint replacement surgeries each year.