Program Overview


The Orthopaedic Residency Program has received ACGME accreditation and initial Osteopathic Recognition. It is a five-year program consisting of well-rounded didactics and clinical opportunities.

The residents train at South Pointe, as well as several affiliate hospitals. The resident gradually assumes increasing responsibility for patient care throughout the five year program.

During the training year, the residents serve as team physicians for several local area high school athletic programs.  The residents participate in all aspects of the care of athletes, including but not limited to:

  • Pre-participation physicals
  • Training
  • Decision making regarding "return to play"
  • Evaluation and treatment of injuries
  • Rehabilitation

Residents are expected to maintain their BLS, ACLS and ATLS certification throughout the five years of training.

Please see the audition tab to apply for a 2-week audition rotation.

If you have any questions regarding the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, please feel free to contact Jim Bircher, D.O., Chief Resident at





South Pointe Hospital ~ 20000 Harvard Road, Warrensville Hts., Ohio 44122 ~ Phone: 216.491.7460 ~ Fax: 216.491.7802


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