Orthopaedic Resident Rotations

Total Joint Arthroplasty

At Marshall, we utilize the latest technology in total joint arthroplasty. This includes Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Technology for total hip, total knee and unicompartmental arthroplasties, patient specific instrumentation, as well jig-based knee systems. We offer training in minimally invasive techniques such as direct anterior total hip arthroplasty as well as other hip approaches.

Residents also have exposure to the most complex revision and reconstructive arthroplasty cases. For those interested in shoulder reconstruction, residents train with shoulder specialists who perform high volumes of both primary, reverse and revision shoulder arthroplasty. This experience allows our residents to bring a mastery of multiple approaches and the newest in technology into practice, making them not only more marketable but better able to serve their communities.

Orthopaedic Oncology

Residents will rotate with a fellowship-trained orthopaedic oncologist. On this service, they perform a variety of limb salvage procedures, reconstructive arthroplasties and exposure to resection of both common rare soft tissue and bone tumors.

As a regional leader in comprehensive cancer care, residents work closely with the Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center located at our main hospital to provide interdisciplinary treatment for the patients they care for. This allows a unique mastery of orthopedic oncology for those interested in this field.

Sports Medicine

Residents will rotate with three fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeons. Many residents cover their own high school and even local college teams. As the team sports physicians for Marshall University, our sports medicine training allows residents the care of a large population of students athletes both in the clinical and operating room setting.

Marshall is a leader in surgical advances and techniques in sports medicine and has pioneered a variety of novel operative procedures. Our state-of-the-art sports medicine institute allows residents a multidisciplinary approach to treating athletes with onsite training staff and physical therapists as well as treatment and procedure rooms.


As the tri-state's leader in trauma care we offer our residents a large volume trauma experience in both pediatric and adult trauma. With three fellowship-trained trauma surgeons on staff, our residents have the opportunity to perform variety of trauma cases and become familiar with a variety implant options and approaches. Our residents leave with confidence that they can take call in their communities and not turn away even the most complex trauma cases.

Hand Rotation

Marshall's orthopaedic surgery residency has a high-volume hand experience. Residents are exposed to a variety of hand pathology from hand tumor, congenital limb deformity, brachial plexopathy and nerve entrapment to digital and hand replantation, vascular repair and mico-surgery. Our fellowship-trained hand surgeons provide a great degree of autonomy, allowing residents to become proficient in performing a wide variety of procedures. We also provide micro-surgical training sessions, allowing the resident to develop the skills necessary to perform these difficult procedures.

Foot & Ankle

Our comprehensive foot and ankle rotations allow the resident the ability to perform complex reconstructive procedures and osteotomies. We also offer total ankle arthroplasty and a variety of foot arthroplasty procedures allowing us to train you in the new advances in foot reconstruction. This rotation also offers great exposure to foot and ankle trauma--from toe fractures to pilon fractures.

Basic Science

Our residents have a dedicated basic science rotation which allows them the ability to dissect their own cadavers and practice approaches on them. This gives residents an unparalleled advantage in learning the anatomy and both the simple and complex surgical approaches needed to become a successful and confident surgeon. During this rotation, they also are afforded the opportunity to teach Marshall medical students anatomy lab.


Residents rotate with a fellowship-trained, on-staff orthopaedic surgeon at our primary teaching hospital. On this rotation, they become experienced in a variety of pediatric cases--from spinal and limb deformity correction to pediatric trauma.

As part of a dedicated pediatric trauma center, our residents have the opportunity to care for a high volume and wide array of pediatric orthopaedic injuries. Our residents also rotate for four months at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, which is known as a national leader in pediatric orthopaedic care.