Education is an important arm of the Johns Hopkins Orthopaedics at Good Samaritan Hospital mission. As the Johns Hopkins Medical Institution is a teaching facility, it is natural that we are interested in how we can better educate medical students and residents. With this in mind, we are actively involved in: organizing continuing medical education (CME) courses sponsored by the University, participating in instructional courses offered by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and in presentations to local and national meetings. In addition, guest surgeons visit our facility routinely to observe our clinical and surgical activities. Additionally, we believe that medical education of physicians is a life-long process.  

Patient Education

It is important that a patient take an active role in his or her own medical care. A patient is better equipped to do this by understanding what is involved in the decision to have surgery, the procedure itself, and post-operative rehabilitation. This process begins at the first clinic visit.

After obtaining a patient's medical history, conducting a physical examination, and performing required x-rays and tests, the surgeon discusses the various treatment options with the patient. Once a final decision is reached, a patient may watch a videotape of information relating to their disease or surgery. After watching the videotape, the patient meets again with the surgeon to address any questions that may have been raised.  Before the surgery, each patient is asked to attend a class at the hospital which covers what to expect following surgery.

Furthermore, each patient is encouraged to ask the surgeons and staff any questions concerning their orthopaedic health care.

Student Education

Medical students and University students (both undergraduate and graduate) interested in learning more about orthopaedic surgery are involved in several areas of interest of the faculty within this Division.

Students are encouraged to participate in both clinical and basic science research projects. They are also invited to observe the practice of orthopaedic medicine by attending various surgical cases in the operating room and days in the clinic. Many of our students have been accepted at many of the major orthopaedic programs throughout the world.

Resident and Fellow Education

Johns Hopkins Orthopaedics at Good Samaritan Hospital is a division of the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. As such, residents rotate through the division on a regular basis. Each resident is actively involved in the medical care of every patient who comes to Good Samaritan Hospital. In addition, they are strongly encouraged to participate in research studies. During their second year of residency, each resident engages in orthopaedic research during a 2 month rotation. They may participate in basic science or clinical projects.

In addition, we have a fellowship program for orthopaedic surgeons. This fellowship offers a one-year, in-depth experience in surgery of the arthritic patient with opportunities for basic research in the field of arthritis and arthritis surgery. There are two fellows in this position per year. In addition, we have one laboratory fellowship position whose postdoctoral research focus is on the study of biocompatibility of implant materials.