George Dyer, MD, Residency Director, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program.

George Dyer, MD

Welcome 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 the residency.

With best regards,

George Dyer, M.D.
Director, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program


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