Orthopaedic Surgery Residency



Medical man and spineOur Orthopaedic Surgery Residency is a five-year program, beginning with the PGY-1 level, with three positions at each level.  Our program is fast-paced and provides comprehensive training in adult and pediatric orthopaedic surgery.  The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery also sponsors a one-year Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship for residents who have completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency.


Rotations at the PGY-1 level include four months of surgery including trauma, six months of orthopaedics, and two months of other rotations consistent with directives of the Residency Review Committee.   The PGY-1 year also includes focused Surgical Skills Training outlined by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


The remaining four years provide clinical orthopaedic training in subspecialty areas:

  • Arthroplasty
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hand Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Spine Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Didactic and basic science elements of the program include:

  • Five hours of conferences per week.

  • Monthly journal club

  • Attendance at courses in basic trauma, musculoskeletal pathology, basics in arthroplasty and an orthopaedic board review course.

  • Chief residents attend the AAOS Annual Meeting.

  • An institutional Core Curriculum that has been developed for education in issues that affect all residents

  • Orthopaedic residents are an integral part of the Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Centers.  The one-year Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship experience emphasizes pelvic and periarticular fractures.


The institution has a Surgical Skills and Simulation Lab where basic surgical skills are taught and practiced during the PGY-1 level.  Cadaver anatomy sessions are also held in the lab.   


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has its own library as well as a four-station arthroscopic/ technical skills lab.  Labs in shoulder, knee and hip arthroscopy are held each academic year.


An MTS Mini Bionix biomechanical testing system is available in our lab for research purposes.


We invite you to consider our residency and contact us regarding our interview schedule.  We accept residency applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), via the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).









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