Prospective Residents

Department of Orthopaedics

A Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the University of Nevada Las Vegas Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. Thank you for your interest in our program. The goal of the UNLV Orthopaedic Residency Program is to develop competent Orthopaedic Surgeons who have the knowledge base, technical skills, and interpersonal skills necessary to provide cost effective, compassionate, exemplary patient care and engage in the ethical practice of orthopaedic surgery. In addition, the secondary goal is for our graduates to remain competent through the critical evaluation, and incorporation into their practice of orthopaedic knowledge from courses, meetings, and published material.

The didactic, surgical simulation, and clinical training at UNLV will hold strictly to the ACGME concept of “graded and progressive responsibility” through the use of competency based methods of evaluation and training. Our program values responsibility, honesty, integrity, and transparency in the educational development of our residents. With the ultimate goal, to recruit and graduate Orthopaedic Surgeons who have developed, the high-level skills necessary to enter the unsupervised practice of Orthopaedic Surgery and who will maintain an exemplary level of practice through the life-long learning process. Graduates of our program will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Thank you for your interest in our program. We hope you will consider UNLV Orthopaedic Surgery for your training.

Brock T. Wentz, MD
Program Director UNLV Orthopaedic Surgery

Contact

1701 W. Charleston Blvd Suite 440
Las Vegas, NV 89102

Please contact us about questions you may have regarding your application to the program and interview.

Phone: 702-671-2272
Email: orthopaedicsurgery.residency@medicine.unlv.edu

A Welcome from the Department Chair

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in our residency program. I grew up in Las Vegas and returned to my hometown in 2014 to found a Department of Orthopaedics and Residency Training Program. We successfully received accreditation from the American College for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for four resident positions per year in 2015. From the beginning, the mission of our program has been to graduate residents that are compassionate, ethical, technically competent, and committed to lifelong learning. We are fully committed to training residents and it is a core mission of our Department at UNLV. We have assembled a group of faculty that are fellowship trained and represent all subspecialty areas of Orthopaedics. They are all enthusiastic and fully committed to training the future of our specialty.

We have modeled our program’s structure and educational curriculum after many of the top programs in the country. We continually review our performance as a program to identify areas for improvement. Our residents are and will continue to be an important part of this process. I can assure you our program will be resident focused, hands-on, and based on education, not service alone. As we grow our young program, we believe in carefully selecting candidates that share our mission. Our goal is to recruit residents and faculty that are intelligent, compassionate, competent and true team players. If you are interested in becoming a member of our team, please apply.

Good luck in your endeavors.

Sincerely,

Michael D Daubs, MD
Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedics

Program Overview

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV is a University based program of sub-specialty trained faculty providing an exemplary educational experience for a diverse resident staff. The primary training site for the division is University Medical Center of Southern Nevada. Secondary rotation sites include Sunrise Hospital, St Rose Dominican- Sienna Hospital, Centennial Hills Hospital, and Southern Nevada Veteran’s Hospital, and a combination of outpatient surgery centers.

The faculty are fully committed to resident education with Fellowship trained expertise in trauma, spine care, pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, adult reconstructive, shoulder/elbow, hand surgery, and foot/ankle surgery.

Curriculum

Our two year rotating core curriculum based on the AAOS Comprehensive Review Textbook. The core curriculum is supplemented with faculty facilitated didactics.

  • Grand Rounds: First, third, fourth, and fifth Wednesday each month*
  • Quality Assurance (QA): Second Wednesday each month*
  • Resident Core Curriculum: Wednesday Weekly*
  • Journal Club: Second Wednesday each month*
  • Surgical Skills Lab: Wednesday weekly
  • Subspecialty indications conferences: Weekly (day and time TBD by rotation director)
  • Subspecialty Journal Club: Monthly (day and time TBD by rotation director)
  • Surgical Simulation
  • Cadaveric Anatomy dissections
  • Fracture conferences

*Note: Surgical Skills lab, Grand Rounds, M & M conference, Resident Core Curriculum Conferences and Journal Club are core conferences in which attendance is mandatory; protected time is allocated from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Rotations and Block Schedule

PGY-1

  • Orthopaedic Trauma – 3 months
  • Orthopaedic Spine – 1 month
  • Orthopaedic Hand – 1 month
  • Orthopaedic Sports – 1 month
  • Emergency Department – 1 month
  • Trauma ICU – 1 month
  • General Surgery Trauma – 1 month
  • Plastic Surgery – 1 month
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – 1 month
  • Rheumatology – 1 month

PGY-2

  • Orthopaedic Trauma Night Float – 3 months
  • Hand – 2 months
  • Research – 1 month
  • VA Hospital – 3 months
  • Pediatrics – 3 months

PGY-3

  • Orthopaedic Trauma – 3 months
  • Spine – 3 months
  • Adult Reconstruction – 2 months
  • Foot and Ankle – 2 months
  • Sports – 2 months

PGY-4

  • Orthopaedic Trauma – 3 months
  • VA – 3 months
  • Pediatrics – 3 months
  • Shoulder and Elbow – 2 months
  • Research – 1 month

PGY-5

  • Orthopaedic Trauma – 3 months
  • Administrative Chief and Elective time – 3 months
  • Adult Reconstruction – 2 months
  • Sports – 2 months
  • Hand – 2 months

*An Orthopedic Oncology rotation will eventually be built into the block schedule as well.

Courses and Conferences

Please note funding for travel will be based on availability of funds, and travel restrictions will be taken into consideration.

UNLV residents will be sponsored to attend any educational meeting at which they have been accepted to present their research. With two months of research built into the block schedule, we anticipate that most, if not all, residents will have the opportunity to present their research projects at national meetings. In addition, each resident will attend an educational conference during each year of their residency. That schedule is as follows:

PGY I

Southwest Orthopaedic Trauma Association annual meeting. This meeting is an opportunity for all interns to review foundational principles of orthopaedic trauma care, and practice valuable skills such as splinting and casting

PGY II

AOTrauma Course - Basic Principles of Fracture Management

PGY III

Enneking Pathology Seminar

PGY IV

Resident’s choice for skills course, as well as a board review course (AAOS or Miller’s)

PGY V
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting

Program Leadership

Program Leadership

Michael Daubs, M.D.

Chair, Department of Orthopaedics; Professor of Orthopaedics, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

Michael Daubs

Brock Wentz, M.D.

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics; UNLV School of Medicine

Brock Wentz

Chief Residents

Jessica Albanese, MD

Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Undergraduate College: Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Jessica Albanese

Gregory Daubs, MD

Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine
Undergraduate College: University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science

Gregory Daubs

Janel Pietryga, MD

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Undergraduate College: The University of New Mexico
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science

Janel Pietryga

Jeffrey Surina, MD

Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine
Undergraduate College: University of Nevada, Reno
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science

Jeffrey Surina

Resident Life

Our core philosophy is to train competent, compassionate, and committed residents to become the best physicians they can be. The block schedule, courses, conferences, and didactic sessions have been created with care to ensure the best possible learning environment. While we practice graduated autonomy, we also believe in giving residents significant experience and responsibility early in their training. Interns will be expected to respond to consultations and emergencies on their first day of residency (with proper guidance and oversight), as well as be expected to participate in surgical procedures. By the end of their three months on the Orthopaedic Trauma rotation, they will be proficient at many of the basic skills required to manage the acutely injured patient. During the PGY II year, our residents participate in a night float system. They will learn to make autonomous decisions, manage care, and prepare patients for surgery. By the time residents have reached their third year, they are ready to progress in their surgical skills and have many opportunities to be in the operative theater. By the time residents reach their chief year, they will be ready to be leaders of a team and act as junior attending surgeons in the operating room. We fully anticipate that our residents will be well prepared to enter practice and stand as leaders in their community.

In addition to top-notch training, there are many reasons to love life in Las Vegas as a UNLV Orthopaedic Resident. We believe we have struck the ideal work-life balance, and our happy residents will attest to that fact. The night float system, for example, has been very popular because it decreases the amount of call taken during the rest of residency and it eliminates the need for cross coverage. Another unique feature of training is that our faculty span both academic and private practice, so our residents get to see both aspects of practice. They are immersed in academic medicine at the county hospital, and learn the business of medicine in private clinics and surgery centers. Outside the hospital, the city of Las Vegas offers world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment, and is sure to attract many friends and relatives for visits. The warm climate allows for year-round recreational activities and exploration of the surrounding natural wonderlands such as Red Rock Canyon, Mount Charleston, Lake Mead, and Zion National Park. A four-hour drive to the beach, or an international airport make travel away from the city easy and affordable. Because there is no state income tax, most residents are able to purchase homes if they choose. Cost of living is low, making Las Vegas an easy place to live on a resident’s salary. Many of our residents have families and children, and have found that Las Vegas is a great place for raising a family. Come see why our residents are some of the happiest in the country!

Life After Residency

2021 Class

  • Sean Davis: Sports Medicine, Mississippi Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
  • Aaron Gray: Hand Surgery, Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
  • Tyler Kent: Sports Medicine, Southern California Orthopedic Institute
  • Brandon Romero: Shoulder & Elbow, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Training Sites

University Medical Center

UMC is the publicly funded academic medical center with a rich history of providing life-saving treatment in Southern Nevada. UMC serves as the anchor hospital for Clark County and the city of Las Vegas. At UMC, residents have the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population that includes individuals from southern Nevada and all over the world. This experience affords residents the opportunity to manage a wide-array of pathologic conditions.

  • Full-time faculty of the school of medicine staffs the orthopaedic service.
  • The full-time medical school faculty and adjunct community subspecialty faculty teach the subspecialty rotations.

University Medical Center (UMC)

University Orthopaedics and Spine

University Orthopaedics and Spine is the outpatient practice setting for the attending faculty at University Medical Center. Outpatient clinics include trauma, spine, pediatric orthopaedics and upper extremity.
University Orthopaedics and Spine

VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System offers residents the opportunity to care for the nation's veterans and contribute to the VA's mission of providing exceptional healthcare that improves veterans' health and well-being.
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System

Community Partnerships

Several subspecialty rotations take place in community practice setting to allow residents to become familiar with physicians in our community and the private practice model. Partnerships also include Sunrise Hospital and St. Rose Dominican.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The residency selection committee will not review your application until it is complete. Your file will be reviewed by members of the residency selection committee once the following have been received via ERAS:

  • ERAS Application
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USLME) Step I and USMLE II (if available)
  • US Citizen, Permanent Resident status