Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital Osteopathic Orthopaedic Residency


By David MacDonald, DO
Residency Program Director

Founded in 1949 by Dr. Jack Hughston, The Hughston Clinic (THC) seeks to provide advanced orthopedic services to men, women and children of all ages and all walks of life. Today, THC consists of a number of leading institutions focused on the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions, as well as advancing orthopedic research, education, and training. THC operates The Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital (JHMH), a modern 70-bed hospital in nearby Phenix City, Alabama, and a network of 9 orthopedic satellite clinics in Georgia and Alabama.

A recent strategic alliance between THC and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) at Auburn has catalyzed an explosion of Osteopathic Medical and Post graduate educational opportunities in East Central Alabama and West Georgia… not the least of which is The JHMH Osteopathic Orthopaedic Residency.

We are matriculating our first residency class July 1, 2015 with three (3) OGME first year’s and three (3) OGME second year residents. Presently, we are approved for three residents per year and have plans to request an increase in the near future. Our hope is to achieve dual accreditation in the next year or two.

The faculty consists of four DO’s and over twenty MD partners with 95% of the faculty being fellowship trained. The Core Faculty consists of: Program Director/Osteopathic DME David MacDonald, DO, Assistant Program Director Jessie Pace, DO, Ryan Geringer, DO, Jared Brummel, DO, and Allopathic DME Robert Harris, MD who has played a critical role in getting the program off and running.

The Residency is based at JHMH but is comprised of a consortium of institutions:

The Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital is a modern 70-bed, 110,000 square foot facility in nearby Phenix City, Alabama, comprised of: seven surgical suites, an eight-bed ICU, a full-service diagnostic imaging department with a 64-slice CT scanner, MRI, Mammography, X-ray, ultrasound, and nuclear medicine, and a 24-hour emergency services department receiving 30,000 visits per year. The imaging services are also supported by two MSK trained radiologists that are affiliated with The Hughston Clinic.

The Hughston Clinic is a 55,104 square foot state-of-the-art facility offering orthopedic care including subspecialty care in the areas of Spine, Hand, Adult Reconstruction, Sports Medicine, and Trauma. These services are supported by Hughston Diagnostics, which provides ultrahigh-resolution imaging through a 1.5 Tesla GE MRI machine; Hughston Sports, a state-of-the art exercise and training facility; and Hughston Rehabilitation, an advanced physical therapy facility providing focused care in the areas of Orthopedics/Sports Medicine, Spine, Upper Extremity/Hands and Industrial Medicine. The annual patient load averages greater than 51,000 clinic visits.

The Hughston Surgical Center is an 8,896 square foot two room ambulatory surgery facility.
The outpatient surgeries performed are hand procedures, foot/ankle procedures, epidural steroid injections, minor elective trauma, and arthroscopy of the knee, hip, wrist, ankle, elbow, and shoulder. The center performs more than 150 surgical cases monthly on average and more than 1,800 surgical cases annually

Midtown Medical Center is a state designated level two trauma center that serves southwest Georgia, southeast Alabama, and northern Florida. Midtown Medical Center is a 418 bed acute care hospital which provides level two trauma care, a children’s hospital with an emergency room, and a NICU. The emergency department sees more than 120,000 visits annually with 1,200-1,500 trauma activations and more than 3,000 surgical cases performed annually.

Northside Medical Center is a state-of-the-art teaching facility which has 100 inpatient beds, ten operating rooms, 70 acute care patient beds, five bed ICU, and a 25 bed rehabilitation step down unit. Greater than 3,000 orthopedic procedures are performed annually. This facility also includes an inpatient rehabilitation unit under the direction of Dr. Kurt Jacobson, MD a THC orthopedic surgeon.

Martin Army Community Hospital is a new-state-of-the-art facility which has 70 inpatient beds, eight operating rooms, a modern ER, and Rehabilitation unit. This facility sees over 90,000 visits annually and performs more than 3,000 orthopedic procedures. There are currently six full time orthopedic staff.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston is a 255 bed facility with approximately 10,000 admissions per year. This facility performs more than 2,000 surgical cases annually and in 2007 underwent a major expansion as part of a $365 million project. CHOAE is located on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Hughston Foundation is a 30,000 square foot building which contains a fully-equipped Surgical Education Centerconsisting of a dry laboratory for Sawbones® /plastic model work and a wet laboratory for training on cadaveric tissue. The Center is designed and equipped for hands-on training for users to build on their existing skills or learn and develop new techniques in arthroscopic and open surgical procedures. The Foundation hosts a cadaveric dissection series for fellows, residents, and students with accompanying lectures on specific anatomic sites presented by Hughston staff physicians. Audiovisual integration with the Foundation’s meeting facilities allows large groups to remain seated in the auditorium while observing and interacting with those working in the laboratories. The Center has hosted numerous conferences for the local community as well as guest surgeons from regional, national, and international locations. The Foundation also features a 160-seat auditorium where students can view presentations and live surgical operations.

The Hughston Foundation is the Hub of Orthopaedic Education at Hughston with a complete Medical Library, Medical Librarians, onsite Medical Illustrator and Medical Writers. The Foundation has been the site of over 4 decades of education and research on Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine, and musculoskeletal health. With our new partnership with VCOM at Auburn our potential to foster and generate cutting edge orthopaedic research is truly boundless.

If you factor the preexisting institutional advantages, the longstanding tradition of academic excellence at THC, and combine that with a high volume, high acuity caseload as it exists throughout the JHMH residency consortium and we feel we have an unparalleled educational opportunity to offer future Osteopathic orthopedic surgeons. We are anxious to get started.

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