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Orthopaedic Surgical Skills Laboratory

IMG_2554Established in 2014, the Orthopaedic Surgical Skills Laboratory affords residents the opportunity to practice basic and advanced surgical motor skills in a simulated environment. The laboratory was funded by grants from the Diveley Resident Education Fund at St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Mercy Hospital.

The lab is equipped with a full range of skills simulators, specific to orthopaedic surgery.  During the PGY-1 year, residents complete 17 basic surgical skills modules, as suggested by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  These modules have been integrated into the department’s core curriculum, and residents have protected time to complete them.

The laboratory is open to all residents 24 hours a day/7 days per week with key-card access.


Arthoscopic Equipment

The lab is equipped with a capital equipment arthroscopic tower, which includes a camera, light source, arthroscopic shaver, and fluid pump. This setup allows “dry lab” experiences with models and the AANA FAST system, as well as the ability to perform arthroscopic procedures on cadaver specimens.  The lab has both 30° and 70° arthroscopes available.


The lab also has 2 complete FAST (Fundamentals of Arthroscopic Surgery Training) systems allowing simulated arthroscopic skills that build hand-eye coordination for arthroscopic surgery.  Included is a laptop, which functions as camera and light source, a 30° scope, all eight FAST modules, and a FAST knot tester.

Orthopaedic Trauma

The lab houses several orthopaedic implant tools for residents to become familiar with and to practice proper technique.  These include: two complete Stryker Operating Room power hand pieces, a small fragment fixation set, external fixation set, traction bows and pins, Gardner-Wells tongs, and K-wires. The lab is also equipped with a variety of simulated bones which can be used for tactile feedback.


The lab is equipped to teach the basic principles of microsurgery using fine suture and latex tissue analog. Residents are provided surgical loops during their PGY-1 year for microsurgery training and surgery.

Operating Room Equipment

Residents can practice prepping, draping, casting, and suturing in the lab. The lab has an OR table and the availability of C-arm fluoroscopy.

Joint Injections

Available in the lab are joint injection models for shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. There is also a compartment syndrome tester to develop the ability to correctly place a needle in each of the four compartments of the lower leg.  A Stryker intra-compartmental pressure monitor is available to obtain accurate pressure readings.

Program Overview


The UMKC School of Medicine’s Orthopaedic Surgery program is a five-year orthopaedic residency as required by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), with four residents in each year.


The faculty are dedicated to the active education of our residents. We use interactive techniques in conference and rounds which will require all residents in attendance to participate. Residents are expected to develop treatment plans for their patients and be able to defend their thought processes in developing the plan. High academic achievement and the ability to utilize a fund of knowledge is emphasized.

Educational Benefits
  • Female Resident SurgeonsPGY-1 residents receive personalized surgical loupes and OR lead.
  • Resident with highest OITE score each year receives a monetary prize.
  • All residents PGY2 an above scoring over the 80th % on the OITE are fully funded to attend AAOS.
  • PGY2s attend AO Basic
  • PGY3s attend an Orthopedic Pathology Course
  • PGY5s attend the Miller Review and AAOS
  • Optional industry-sponsored meeting or conference yearly
  • Access to Clinical Key
  • Access to the Resident Orthopedic Core Knowledge Program
  • Access to AAOS ResStudy question bank
  • Access to an Orthopedic Skills lab with simulators in Trauma and Arthroscopy
  • Stipend for travel to present research at local, regional or national meetings
  • Protected time to work on basic surgical skills and research.
  • Intern bootcamp encorporating the  ABOS’s 17 basic surgical skills modules

The bulk of the formal teaching conferences are held at University Health on Wednesday mornings, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning conferences include orthopaedic faculty presentations, resident presentations, and other invited speakers including alumni. The majority of conferences focus on board testable topics and include case and question review.  Additional conferences on the Business of Medicine, DEI topics and skills, Patient Safety and Wellness occur throughout the year,

Once a month the Wednesday conferences are held at Children’s Mercy Hospital for pediatric orthopaedic surgery grand rounds. At Children’s Mercy, the hospital’s faculty present a review and update of cogent topics covering the gamut of pediatric orthopaedics over a two-year period.

PGY-3 and 4 residents present one formal grand rounds presentation per year. PGY-1 residents are able to attend the department’s formal teaching conferences during their internship.

Additional journal clubs and skills labs are held approximately every 6 weeks.

Regular departmental research meetings occur covering all active projects within the department and allowing the residents on their research rotations to present their progress.

A regular Saturday morning case conference is held on the first and third Saturdays of each month, August through May, at Saint Luke’s, 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. The senior residents and sports medicine fellow present cases for review by the faculty to help become better prepared for their oral board examinations. This is required for the presenter and those residents already assigned to work that day.


PGY-1 residents are assigned to a series of rotations which fulfill the ABOS requirements including critical care, vascular surgery, radiology and neurosurgery and six months of orthopaedic surgery (three months at UH and six weeks each at Saint Luke’s and Children’s Mercy).

The PGY-2 residents are assigned three-month rotations including pediatrics, trauma, hand, sports medicine, and spine.

The PGY 3 rotations include arthroplasty, foot and ankle, research, pediatrics and oncology.

PGY-4 rotations include sports medicine, arthroplasty, trauma and foot and ankle

PGY-5 rotations include pediatrics, hand, shoulder and elbow, trauma, sports and arthroplasty

Our residents graduate with exceptional surgical experience. Most graduates will have more than 2500 major surgical cases during their time as a resident. Our residents become talented in the OR, with good technique and surgical judgement.

Resident Research

All residents are expected to complete a research project prior to graduation. By the end of the PYG-2 year, a research topic and faculty research collaborator are to be selected. There is a dedicated continuous 6 week block for research during the PGY3 year with additional protected research time during the PGY4 year with anticipated submission or presentation during  the PGY-5 year.  The research project must be submitted, ready for publication or presented at an orthopaedic meeting as a requirement for graduation.

Work Hours/Call

Residents’ duty hours are carefully regulated to ensure compliance with the 80-hour work week requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 2-3 week nightfloat rotations occur during the PGY2 and PGY 3 years. Residents are not on call more often than every third night on average and receive a 24-hour period free of clinical responsibility at least every seven days.


More information on benefits is available here.

  • Three weeks paid vacation (21 calendar days, including weekends)
  • Professional liability coverage
  • Sick leave (1 day per month for each month of employment, up to 72 days)
  • Health insurance (2 plans)
  • Dental and vision benefits
  • Long-term disability
  • Tax deferred annuity program controlled by the resident
  • Accidental death and dismemberment Program
  • Life Insurance, 1x annual salary, at no cost – with options to increase at variable costs
  • Flexible benefits program through health care and dependent care spending accounts
  • Residents can utilize the University Health Truman Medical Center pharmacy and receive employee discount savings

Every six months residents are evaluated on their progress toward the understanding of the 16 orthopaedic surgery milestones, defined by the ACGME and the ABOS. In addition, residents are evaluated four times a year, immediately following each three-month rotation in the following areas, as recommended by the ACGME

    • Medical Knowledge
    • Patient Care
    • Systems-based practice
    • Practice-based learning and improvements
    • Professionalism
    • Interpersonal/communication skills

Faculty are sent an evaluation form and asked to comment on what the resident is doing well and how the resident can improve.  They score the residents from 1-10 in each of the core competency categories.  UMKC participates in the ABOS/ACGME Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors Program which asks for frequent feedback on resident performance.

At the quarterly evaluation meeting, each resident’s performance is discussed in detail. All faculty members are invited to attend the evaluation meeting Comments are recorded and used in combination with the completed evaluation forms by the program director to complete summative and formative evaluations of the resident which are conducted twice a year. .

For complete details on the evaluation rubric and details of what these terms mean, as well as expanded details of each milestone, please visit the ACGME’s website.

Following the final evaluation of the year, the program director determines if the resident will be promoted and/or graduated. All resident appointments are for 12-month periods. Residents not reappointed as a result of poor performance may utilize the grievance process.

Clinical Competency Committee

The UMKC Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Competency Committee (CCC) is chaired by Associate Program Director Dr. Jonathan Dubin and consists of Program Director Dr. Amelia Sorensen, Department Chairman Dr. Akin Cil, Associate Program Director Dr. Tim Badwey, Associate Program Director Dr. Lisa Berglund, Dr. Charles Rhoades, Dr. Caroline Tougas, and program coordinator, Nicole Larm.  The CCC meets periodically and determines the residents progress in the 16 orthopaedic surgery milestones.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery group photo at black tie event


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery welcomes you. We hope you will find our web site helpful as you search for the best residency program suited to your needs. We take great pride in graduating highly qualified orthopaedic surgeons from our program. Our residents train at three Level I trauma centers in Kansas City and receive a broad education in all areas of orthopaedics, treating patients across a spectrum of all age groups with great cultural diversity.

Our application process is highly competitive and we encourage you to apply if you are committed to acquiring the best in orthopaedic education. As you check out our web site, be sure to click on Residents and meet those who are currently working to maintain our exemplary standards. They come from across the country, and when they leave us, they move on to equally competitive, highly-respected fellowship programs.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Akin Cil, M.D.
Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Amelia Sorensen, M.D.
Program Director


We have designed this web site to give you access to the information you might want to know about our department. We have tried to provide information about each of our associated hospitals and our staff, as well as information about our residency program and the application process for our residency. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact Nicole Larm.