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Career Development - Orthopaedics

What Does Training Look Like?

Residency in orthopaedics is typically five years, although some programs have an option for six, with the sixth year usually being a research year. 
 
Subspecialties

Hand, Foot/Ankle, Shoulder/Elbow, Sports Medicine, Spine, Oncology, Pediatrics, Total Joint Replacements, Trauma.
 
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

The schedule is different for a resident versus an attending. As an attending, usually you are up by 5:30 am. You will spend three days a week in clinic and two days in the OR. Clinic often begins around 7:30 am and ends around 4:30 or 5 pm. OR typically begins around 7 am and ends around 5 pm, but this depends on the number and complexity of cases. Typical workweek for standard clinical responsibilities is roughly 50 hours.
 
Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to orthopaedics include:

  • Hard working
  • Organized
  • Honest
  • Caring
  • Efficient
 
Shadowing Opportunities

There is a 2-week elective available to first year students (Orthopaedic Pathways: Intro to Orthopaedic Surgery) that provides an early shadowing opportunity for students. 
 
The Orthopaedics Interest Group can also help connect students with faculty to inquire about shadowing opportunities. 
 
Research Opportunities

The Orthopaedics Department has numerous research opportunities, including in clinical, basic science, biomechanical, and education related studies. They hold research meetings about every six weeks and any students interested in orthopaedics are welcome to attend. Given curren social distancing restrictions with COVID 19, the research meetings are not being held in person. Students can find out about dates through the Orthopaedics Interest Group. They are strongly encouraged to join, as this group will provide them with a lot of information about orthopaedics. Additionally, Erica Moore (Residency Coordinator) can share this information with students. For more information, please contact Dr. Cyriac or Dr. Medvedev.

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

 
Specialty Interest Group

We are dedicated to guiding passionate medical students in preparing for a future in Orthopaedics through shadowing, research opportunities and joint activities through the student-run Orthopaedics Interest Group (OIG). Given social distancing restrictions as a result of COVID 19, Orthopaedic Grand Rounds are being held virtually on Tuesdays from 6 pm to 8 pm, and many OIG members attend. Please contact Erica Moore (Residency Coordinator) directly if you'd like to participate. We look forward to each of you having the opportunity to develop your interest with us!

Contact:

Nisha Kale

PM&R Interest Group Contact:

Evan Arnold

 
Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Third year students may be granted permission to take a two-week elective in Orthopaedics under some circumstances. It is recommended that fourth year students take an Orthopaedic elective early in their fourth year.
 

Specialty Statistics

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2020")

ORTH 

Matched

Unmatched

 

n = 645

n = 159

1. Mean number of contiguous ranks

12.3

7.0

2. Mean number of distinct specialties ranked

1.0

1.2

3. Mean USMLE Step 1 score

248

239

4. Mean USMLE Step 2 score

255

246

5. Mean number of research experiences

5.4

5.7

6. Mean number of abstracts, presentations, publications

14.3

14.2

7. Mean number of work experiences

3.6

3.8

8. Mean number of volunteer experiences

8.0

7.6

9. Percentage who are AOA members

40.3

11.3

10. Percentage who graduated from one of the 40 US medical schools with the highest NIH funding

33.6

25.8

11. Percentage who have Ph.D. degree

0.8

0.7

12. Percentage who have another graduate degree

16.7

25.2

 

 

 

Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

Orthopaedics has a competitive application process. It is helpful to begin preparing early and organizing your research, extracurricular activities, etc.

 
Important Advice

Away rotations are critical.

Start preparing for orthopaedics early in your medical school career if you are interested. This ensures you have appropriate research and other experiences.

Establish contact with orthopaedic faculty members. Doing so is critical for getting strong letters of recommendation.

 
Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched






Primary Specialty Program City State Year
Orthopaedics Massachusetts Gen Hosp BOSTON MA 2015
Orthopaedics Henry Ford HSC-MI DETROIT MI 2016
Orthopaedics Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2016
Orthopaedics Hofstra NSLIJ SOM-North Shore LIJ-NY GREAT NECK NY 2016
Orthopaedics Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2016
Orthopaedics U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2016
Orthopaedics U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2016
Orthopaedics University H‐ osps-Columbia-MO‐ COLUMBIA MO 2016
Orthopaedics Thomas Jefferson Univ-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2017
Orthopaedics Henry Ford HSC-MI DETROIT MI 2017
Orthopaedics Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Orthopaedics U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2017
Orthopaedics Rhode Island Hosp/Brown Univ PROVIDENCE RI 2017
Orthopaedics UC San Diego Med Ctr-CA SAN DIEGO CA 2017
Orthopaedics Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT NEW HAVEN CT 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery Thomas Jefferson Univ-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery Hosp of the Univ of PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT NEW HAVEN CT 2018
Orthopaedics Walter Reed BETHESDA MD 2018
Orthopaedics Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Orthopaedics U Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics MADISON WI 2018
Orthopaedics Drexel Univ COM/Hahnemann Univ Hosp PHILADELPHIA PA 2018
Orthopaedics UCLA Med‐ical Center-CA‐ LOS ANGELES CA 2018
Orthopaedics Duke Univ Med Ctr-NC DURHAM NC 2019
Orthopaedics Hosp of the Univ of PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2019
Orthopaedics Madigan Hospital  JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD WA 2019
Orthopaedics U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2019
Orthopaedics UC San Diego Med Ctr-CA SAN DIEGO CA 2019
Orthopaedics Ochsner Clinic Foundation-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
Orthopaedics St Louis Univ SOM-MO ST LOUIS MO 2020
Orthopaedics UCLA Med Ctr-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2020
Orthopaedics Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX HOUSTON TX 2020
Orthopaedics Ascension Providence/MSUCHM-MI SOUTHFIELD MI 2020
Orthopaedics San Antonio Military Medical Center SAN ANTONIO CA 2020
Orthopaedics Duke Univ Med Ctr-NC DURHAM NC 2020
Orthopaedics Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
         
PM&R LSU SO‐ M New Orlea‐ns LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2012
PM&R NYP Hosp Columbia‐ & Cornell NY New York NY 2012
PM&R Barnes Jewish Hosp MO ST LOUIS MO 2013
PM&R U Alabama‐ Med Ctr Birm‐ ingham Birmingham AL 2013
PM&R U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2013
PM&R LSU SOM New Orleans LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2013
PM&R U Utah Affil Hospitals SALT LAKE CITY UT 2014
PM&R LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2014
PM&R Harvard/Spaulding-MA CHARLESTOWN MA 2015
PM&R Ohio State University Med Ctr COLUMBUS OH 2016
PM&R Detroit Med Ctr/WSU-MI DETROIT MI 2016
PM&R U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2017
PM&R Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN NASHVILLE TN 2017
PM&R Ohio State University Med Ctr COLUMBUS OH 2018
PM&R U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2018
PM&R NYU School Of Medicine NEW YORK NY 2019
PM&R U Kentucky Med Ctr LEXINGTON KY 2020
 
How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

Available data suggests that a competitive candidate should apply to 50 programs in order to match.