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Orthopedic Residents Lead the Nation

Jan 17 2018

For the fourth consecutive year, orthopedic residents from Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia achieved the highest score of any residency program in the nation on the annual Orthopedic In-Training Examination (OITE). The exam is designed to test residents’ knowledge and is a measure of the overall quality of teaching within individual residency programs. Of the 157 residency programs across the country, Einstein stands at the forefront, attaining a place within the 100th percentile mark for the fourth year in a row.

“The Orthopedics Department has gathered a fantastic group of intelligent, professional, hard-working residents,” says James Raphael, MD, chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. “Our chief residents, Mark Ayzenberg, MD, and Dillion Arango, MD, have done an extraordinary job leading the team along with Gene Shaffer, MD, our orthopedic residency program director.”

Dr. Raphael attributes much of the success to the structure of the residency program advanced by Dr. Shaffer which promotes daily, free educational time for residents to study, attend lectures, review cases, or participate in grand rounds. “Dr. Shaffer’s tenacity and competitive spirit, coupled with the program’s strong emphasis on uninterrupted time for residents to study, have driven robust results,” says Dr. Raphael.

“We have consistently done well as a program for many years, scoring in the high 90th percentiles, but over the past four years we have outdone ourselves to reach the 100th percentile,” he adds.

Ortho residents 2018Front Row (Left to Right): Sara Low, MD; Ryan Hoffman, MD; Colin Whitaker, MD; Germanuel Landfair, MD. Back Row: (Left to Right): Dillon Arango, MD; Blake Turvey, MD; Michael Narvaez, MD; Mark Ayzenberg, MD; Ben Clippinger, MD; Robert Merrill, MD.


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