(Video above is from the 2020-21 school year, update coming soon)
Welcome to the Department of Orthopaedics! The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery residency program is dedicated to training residents to be excellent clinicians and scientists. We conduct clinical and basic research of the musculoskeletal system, and our results are published in a wide range of medical journals. The program is designed to create a clinical environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and the development of interpersonal and professional skills. The program also strives to instill a life-long interest in continuing education.
The diverse clinical experience of Tulane’s participating hospitals is combined with excellent faculty supervision and a dedicated didactic curriculum to create the optimal physician. Although the faculty is available to assist the residents as they progress through the program, each resident must develop the learning habit required to maintain the learning process after completion of the residency. Each resident learns differently and what works for one may not work for another. The faculty is ready to assist the residents in this process. The resident must be an active participant in the educational process.
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) examination is the measure of the minimum requirements to practice orthopaedic surgery. However, it is not the goal of this program to train residents just to pass the ABOS exam. Our goal is to instill in the resident the desire to continue the educational process long after completion of residency and passing the ABOS exam. If the resident is having difficulties, he/she should take advantage of the experience of the faculty by seeking assistance.
Our mission is to provide an educational experience that will develop exceptional leaders in the field of orthopaedic surgery who demonstrate the highest standards in patient care, continuing education, and musculoskeletal research.
Our residency program is affiliated with the following institutions: Tulane Medical Center which includes the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine and Tulane-Lakeside Hospital, University Medical Center (UMC), Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (V.A.), Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, East Jefferson General Hospital and West Jefferson General Hospital.
Any students interested in applying for a clerkship trial should apply through the proper channels. Tulane students should schedule rotations with the office of Student Affairs. Visiting students who wish to do a rotation should apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). We typically offer rotations from July-November of each year. At this time, we are only offering 4-week rotations for visiting students.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will come see firsthand everything that this great city and our program have to offer. If you have any questions, please contact our Residency Program Coordinator or Program Director. Follow us on social media: Tulane Residency Program Instagram and Tulane Orthopaedics Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Michael O’Brien, MD
Residency Program Director and Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics
Residency Program Coordinator