Beginning in PGY2 all clinical rotations are at least three months and, with the exception of the trauma service, each resident is paired with one attending on the service. This one-on-one training allows every resident to act as a senior level resident. This provides a consistent mentor-style learning experience for all residents. The faculty are able to evaluate all aspects of a resident's performance in this setting and provide exceptional feedback to them. Residents are taught how to teach as a life-long career tool.

The only away rotation is the four-month Pediatric Orthopaedic rotation at the Shriners Children's Hospital in Lexington, KY during the PGY3 year. We maintain a fully furnished apartment close to the hospital for residents to use during this rotation.

Each resident in our program has the unique privilege of attending three away courses each year during PGY2-5. In addition we provide funding for any resident to attend a conference in which they have a paper, poster or podium presentation accepted.

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Paid Vacation 3 weeks paid vacation
  • Malpractice: Provided by the State of West Virginia's "Comprehensive Liability Insurance Policy"
  • Group Term Life :  One and one-quarter percent ( 1 1/4 % )of annualized stipend with a minimum of $50,000 plus a $10,000 basic life insurance policy for a total of at least $60,000. Additional life insurance can also be purchased for the resident/fellow and their dependents.
  • Health: Variety of plans/costs ranging from $85/month to $520/month depending upon coverage and tobacco use status
  • Flexible Benefits: Dental/Vision.  All are pre-tax dollars.
  • Social Security: Employee and Employer pay social security taxes. International medical graduates who provide a copy of his/her J-1 Visa to administration will be exempt from social security taxes
  • Workers' Compensation: Coverage is provided.
  • Long Term Disability Insurance: Provided to resident at no charge.
Sick Leave Residents accrue 15 days of sick leave annually.
Parking Free
Meals On - call meals are provided by the hospital
Book Fund PGY I: $500.00 annually
PGY II - PGY V: $1,000 annually



PGY I: $52,000
PGY II: $53,000
PGY III: $54,000
PGY IV: $55,000
PGY V: $56,000

F-1: $55,000 
F-2: $56,000
F-3: $57,000
F-4: $58,000

Plus a $2,000 Signing Bonus for Categorical Positions NRMP Matched

Other Benefits
  • Retirement: Residents can contribute to retirement plan however it is not matched by the company.
  • Marshall Rec Center membership with optional discounted rate for spouse.
  • Discounted laundry rate at White Way Cleaners ($8 per white lab coat).

There are two goals for research projects:

  • Foster resident development of a personal experience with Orthopaedic clinical or basic science research.
  • Generation of a manuscript of publishable quality by PGY 4.

Every resident will be expected to follow the approved timeline below in their research activities with yearly performance evaluations with the Director of Orthopaedic Research (Franklin D. Shuler MD, PhD).

Identification of mentor/project Research grant application, IRB submission, etc. Meeting abstract submission Publication revision Documented research experience
Completion of project selection by end of PGYI Consistent effort for project completion Publication preparation and submission Goal: Accepted publication by PGYIV interviews JBJS 2012; 89:2084-8
Yearly assessment with Research Director Yearly assessment with Research Director Yearly assessment with Research Director Yearly assessment with Research Director  

As a department, we strongly believe that we owe others much more than we think we do. We have been given an incredible gift of opportunity; the opportunity to give back to our community and to our fellow citizens. This effort also helps residents learn the difficulty and reward in fund raising.

Each resident is expected to complete a community project. Projects completed by residents thus far include:

  • Weekly support to the Harmony House, including food and clothing items for this local provider of services to the homeless population.
  • Annual 5K run for charity. Last year's recipient was the Huntington Area Food Bank.
  • Fund raising for Haiti earthquake victims
  • Resident-based Clinic for Ebenezer Medical Outreach

This is an era where patient outcomes are ultimately the most important measure of quality. HealthGrades is the largest independent evaluator of hospitals in the U.S. and their results are published online. Marshall University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, along with Cabell Huntington Hospital, has received the following recognitions from HealthGrades:

  • Ranked #1 in State for Orthopedic Services™ in 2011
  • Recipient of the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2011
  • Five-Star Rated for Orthopedic Services™ in 2011
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services in 2011™ (their highest rating)
  • Ranked #1 in State for Joint Replacement in 2011
  • Recipient of the Joint Replacement Excellence Award™ in 2011
  • Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Nation for Joint Replacement in 2011 (their highest rating)
  • Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery in 2011
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement in 2011
  • Five-Star Rated for Total Hip Replacement in 2011
  • Five-Star Rated for Hip Fracture Repair in 2011
  • Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery (except Spinal Fusion) in 2011

Marshall University Medical Center

The Marshall University Medical Center provides a technologically advanced focal point for the clinical teaching, outreach and service programs of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. The 185,000-square-foot center is connected to Cabell Huntington Hospital and the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center through a shared atrium and multiple connectors.

The Medical Center is a comprehensive, state of the art center offering both primary and specialty care outpatient services. The center houses the main outpatient clinics and clinical education support facilities for seven of the school's major clinical departments: Family & Community Health, Neuroscience, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine and Surgery.

For medical students, resident physicians and fellows in advanced training, the Medical Center provides a cohesive clinical education environment, allowing them to cross specialty lines to follow patients through all stages of care. In addition to a modern health science library and learning center, the center houses the academic and administrative offices of the School of Medicine. 

Cabell Huntington Hospital

Cabell Huntington Hospital is a regional, 313-bed referral center that serves as the primary teaching hospital for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Cabell Huntington cares for patients from more than 29 counties throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio. The hospital’s emergency/trauma service is a designated Level 2 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center. It has the highest patient trauma volume of any Level 2 trauma center in West Virginia. The hospital offers specialized care centers such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Burn Intensive Care Unit and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. These units offer the latest in medical technology and individual treatment for critically ill newborns, children and adults. Specially equipped air and ground transport services are always ready for patients requiring immediate attention.

Huntington VA Medical Center

The Mission of the VA Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia is to provide Veterans with the highest quality healthcare services to promote healing, diminish suffering, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. The VAMC also provides education and training through academic institution affiliations and to further medical research. Since 1932, VAMC Huntington has been improving the health of the men and women who have so proudly served our nation. We consider it our privilege to serve your health care needs in any way we can. Services are available to veterans living in southwestern West Virginia, southern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky.