George Dyer, MD
to the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Website
I am pleased that you are exploring the HCORP Website and hope that
it provides you with an adequate introduction to the program. The
residency has existed for over 100 years and we are proud of the
rich tradition of educating outstanding clinicians and leaders.
The program’s strengths are the residents (drawn from medical
schools across the country and world), the numerous world renowned
faculty, the four major teaching hospitals, and its close affiliation
with Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard
College, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Four Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals participate in the HCORP
program - Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Boston, and Massachusetts
General Hospital. These Hospitals and their staff comprise one of
the largest and most comprehensive orthopaedic teaching faculties
and clinically rich patient populations in the country.
Residents in the HCORP program also have access to one of the finest
musculoskeletal research communities in the country. The laboratories
span the continuum from basic science to clinical studies and serve
as leaders in the fields of bioengineering, implant development,
tissue engineering, robotics, molecular biology and gene therapy.
The opportunities are strengthened by ongoing collaborations with
Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health and MIT.
The cornerstone of HCORP’s didactic program is the four hours
of CORE each Wednesday morning after Grand Rounds. Specialty conferences,
journal clubs, surgical skills sessions, and the summer anatomy
course for Orthopaedic residents at Harvard Medical School augment
these faculty and resident-lead lectures. On a more informal basis,
I meet with the residents at least monthly for lunch after CORE
to discuss important issues of concern to the residents. Dr. James
Herndon, the immediate past Program Director will continue to educate
residents about the practice of medicine in today’s changing
healthcare environment and to discuss methods of improving patient
safety. Social highlights, of the year include an annual golf outing,
the traditional chief residents parties, and graduation dinner.
As is true of all outstanding educational programs, residents participate
in the evaluation of faculty and the residency program. HCORP has
a Resident’s Council with members elected by and from each
class, that meets regularly and that make specific recommendations
to the Program Director. As Program Director, I meet with each resident
at least twice a year to provide formal feedback, make recommendations
of how to improve, and listen to each resident’s thoughts
about their educational progress, their career goals, and their
criticisms of the program.
In every aspect of the residency, faculty are guided by the belief
that we must simultaneously provide an outstanding educational experience
for residents and superior patient care. The goal is to educate
the next generation of world-class clinicians, scientists and leaders.
The faculty expect graduating residents to be excellent surgeons,
careful diagnosticians, prepared to continue their lifetime of learning,
and capable of succeeding at any and all opportunities available
to an orthopaedic surgeon. We are proud of HCORP and the long tradition
of graduating orthopaedic surgeons that have served their communities
and our profession. I hope you will consider HCORP for your education.
HCORP is a Partner’s residency program. Partner’s GME
office offers extensive support for all residents. One of most important
benefits is PORT (Partners Office for Resources for Trainees). This
program assist residents and their spouses manage all of the issues
that arise during residency, from housing issues, financial and
legal advice, to how to find a nanny. PORT is ready to assist applicants
once accepted into a residency sponsored by Massachusetts General
Hospital or Brigham and Woman’s Hospital (the Partner’s
System) to facilitate their finding housing, moving to Boston, and
the host of other issues that need to be done before actually starting
With best regards,
George Dyer, M.D.
Director, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program