Introduction from the Program Director

Rajiv Rajani, MD

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery aims to excel in patient care, education, and research.  The residency program is committed to a process of maturation in the pursuit of knowledge that leads to a path of lifelong learning. 

The orthopaedic faculty are committed to a teaching program that includes a comprehensive basic science and clinical curriculum.  All orthopaedic subspecialties are well represented within the Department.  Attending surgeons are primarily based at the University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.  All residents are expected to participate in research as part of their professional development and as mandated by the ACGME.

The residency program appreciates the fact that each resident is an individual with unique experiences, goals, and interests and facilitates a program where sufficient latitude exists to allow for independent maturation.  Every resident is expected to assume responsibility for their personal professional development and to contribute to collegial growth.

Mission Statement

The mission of the orthopaedic surgery residency program is to provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning and practice of orthopaedic surgery, and to produce graduates who exemplify the highest ideals of our profession. It is our purpose to excel in clinical service, education, and research while maintaining the highest ethical standards, providing compassionate healthcare services, and ensuring responsible stewardship of available resources.

Goals & Objectives

Overall goals and objectives of the program are best accomplished by recruiting the most qualified candidates for residency training and providing an atmosphere conducive to learning.

  • Basic Sciences: The curriculum will cover all of the pertinent basic science topics over a two-year period, with all lectures delivered by faculty with the appropriate expertise.  Lecturers will be members of the Orthopaedic Department faculty, School of Medicine faculty, and invited guests. Basic science principles will be stressed in the clinical curriculum, and specific basic science goals for individual clinical topics will be identified in the syllabus. 
  • Clinical Topics: The curriculum will cover all areas of clinical orthopaedics over a two-year period. Lecturers will be members of the Orthopaedic Department faculty, School of Medicine faculty, and invited guests.
  • Lifelong Learning: An environment of inquiry will be supported through all levels of the training program. The concepts of practice-based learning and improvement, including Evidence Based Medicine, will be taught and emphasized across the spectrum from learning through patient care in an effort to facilitate development of an attitude of perpetual learning.
  • Research: Residents will be introduced to research methodology early in residency.  Opportunities to participate in meaningful research projects exist as early as the intern year. Protected time for research is provided to all residents in the second year of training.  Prior to graduation, each resident will be required to complete at least one project of publishable quality.  Faculty will provide guidance and support. Sources of funding for research support are available for projects of sufficient scope.
  • Patient Care: Faculty will ensure that appropriate skilled, compassionate care is provided to all patients. Residents will be given progressive responsibility for the care of patients under the supervision of the faculty. Wherever practical, care across the continuum will be emphasized.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Residents will be exposed to a curriculum and environment that teaches and stimulates the effective exchange of information among health care professionals and during the interaction between the physician and the patient, family, and other caregivers.
  • Professionalism: Faculty and residents will maintain an environment of professionalism including behavior expected of professionals and adherance to ethical principles.
  • Systems-Based Practice: Faculty and residents will encourage an environment of learning and patient care that considers the overall context of health care delivery in the greater societal paradigm. All residents are expected to participate in a quality improvement project during their residency.
  • Working Environment: Residents will work in an environment that emphasizes an appropriate balance between the demands of patient care, the importance of hands-on learning, and the minimization of medical errors.  Residents will be expected to work within the guidelines of the 80 hour work week.  Residents and faculty will be expected to facilitate an environment that minimizes the potential for medical errors.
  • Evaluative Process:  Faculty and residents will work within an educational framework that facilitates multiple and frequent modes of evaluation and utilizes the evaluative process in an effort to continually improve the educational and patient care processes.

 

My personal goals are to develop individuals in the way that best fits their personal goals. Our residency focuses on developing leaders whether it be professionally, socially, politically, educationally, or as a humanitarian or researcher.

Rajani, Rajiv

Assistant Professor

Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology

Residency Program Director, UT Health San Antonio

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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