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Orthopedic Residency Program

The East Tennessee State University / Quillen College of Medicine Orthopedic Residency Program is a five-year residency providing orthopedic trainees with the clinical and surgical knowledge necessary for all aspects of orthopedic surgery.

The orthopedic residency program strives to provide a maximum level of competence, enabling residents to demonstrate the highest ideals of the orthopedic profession in community and academic settings.

Graduating Highly Skilled Surgeons

The primary objective of the orthopedic residency program is to graduate skilled orthopedic surgeons with high-quality operative expertise.

These surgeons will possess the critical skills needed to make the best treatment decisions for their future orthopedic patients.

General and Sub-Specialty Preparation

We provide a high-quality training experience that prepares our resident physicians for comprehensive general or sub-specialty orthopedics.

This is accomplished through a structured clinical and didactic curriculum that follows nationally established best practices, as well as through the commitment of faculty to this teaching program.

Extensive Hands-on Experience

Under the guidance of Ballad Health’s orthopedic residency program faculty, we offer a carefully designed educational program encompassing extensive hands-on orthopedic surgery experience, physical examinations and diagnosis of orthopedic patients.

Program Details

The orthopedic residency and training program follows a five-year track based on the following Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education rotation schedule.

Salary & Benefits

The residency offers competitive salaries and benefits for its residents.

Progressive Autonomy

The program also promotes progressively increasing levels of responsibility and autonomy in managing both operative and non-operative orthopedic patients.

Orthopedic Residency Hospitals

Program Leadership

Daniel Krenk, DO, is the director of the Orthopedic Residency Program. Dr. Krenk is an orthopedic trauma surgeon with Ballad Health in Kingsport, Tenn.

Board certified in orthopedic surgery, he obtained his doctor of osteopathy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa. Dr. Krenk completed his residency at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie, Pa., and a Trauma Fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sponsoring Institution

East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, is the sponsoring institution for the orthopedic residency program.

ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine is fully committed to meeting the health care needs of the region’s communities and beyond with excellence in teaching, patient care and services.

About Kingsport and the Tri-Cities

The orthopedic residency program is based in Kingsport, TN, which offers:

  • Strategic location, situated in the heart of the growing Tri-Cities region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, which has a total population of more than one million residents
  • Scenic beauty, from breathtaking mountains to lush pastureland and mysterious caverns

Learn More

For more information, please contact:

Stacy Christian
Residency Program Coordinator, Ballad Health
(423) 224-3292
stacy.christian@balladhealth.org