PA Residency Program

Illinois Bone & Joint Institute (IBJI) is one of the largest independent, physician-owned orthopedic practices in the U.S. With more than 150 board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians and surgeons and over 100 locations, IBJI currently treats children and adults with expertise in every orthopedic specialty.

IBJI offers a physician assistant (PA) residency program in partnership with Rosalind Franklin University. The residency takes place at Lutheran General Hospital and is directed by Dr. Ritesh Shah and Dr. Patrick Knott.

Contact Information

Patrick Knott, PhD, PA-C
Professor, Rosalind Franklin University PA Program
Direct Phone: (847) 578-8689


To provide the graduate physician assistant with an opportunity to obtain the equivalent of several years of advanced training in orthopedic surgery and patient care


The residency program offered by Illinois Bone & Joint Institute is a 12-month program with both didactic and clinical components. Our surgical PA residency program will help you develop a variety of in-demand skills in a competitive field. We also offer potential employment following completion of the program.

This program is modeled after physician residency training. This multi-specialty orthopedic group of fellowship-trained surgeons participates in both the didactic and clinical components in the area of their respective subspecialties.

University/Institutional Affiliations

The residency program is offered by Illinois Bone & Joint Institute and takes place at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. Lutheran General is one of the largest private teaching hospitals in the Chicago suburban area and also participates in the education of PA students, medical students, and physician residents. The residency program is sponsored by the Physician Assistant Program at Rosalind Franklin University, and the faculty from each program cooperate in the education of PA students and PA residents.

Residency Objectives

Upon completion, successful participants will have an in-depth understanding of the various subspecialties within orthopedics, including trauma, total joint replacement, spine surgery, hand surgery, sports medicine, and foot and ankle surgery. By attending IBJI's OrthoAccess Immediate care clinics, the graduate will acquire comprehensive knowledge of triage, evaluation, treatment, and management of orthopedic issues. The graduate will have developed into an expert first assistant in the operating room.

Program Length

The program is 12 months in length. We have a rolling admission process, so the start date can be at any time during the year.


IBJI is currently accepting three to six residency positions each year. Applicants will start together in small cohorts.


The didactic and clinical curricula are integrated. The PA resident will participate in daily teaching rounds, weekly conferences, weekly grand rounds, and weekly interdisciplinary conferences. The clinical curriculum will consist of rotations through the following subspecialty areas:

  • Orthopedic trauma surgery
  • Total joint surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Sports surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery

The resident will participate in clinics, inpatient care, and first assist in the operating room while on each rotation.




  • Health insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Hospital dues
  • Licensing
  • Credentialing
  • Hospital privileges
  • Controlled substance dees
  • 16 days paid time off


Arranged individually by each resident. The medical center is located in a suburban residential area with many apartment complexes nearby.

Credentials Awarded

Upon completion of the residency program, a certificate of training will be awarded by Illinois Bone & Joint Institute.

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