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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 holds monthly research meetings (usually on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm in Hutch 6062), which students are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Dr. Cyriac or Dr. Medvedev.

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. 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.

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). Orthopaedics Grand Rounds are held Tuesdays at 6 pm in room 6065, and many OIG members attend. We look forward to each of you having the opportunity to develop your interest with us!

2019 Officers:

President:Bailey Ross

Vice President:Margaret Higgins

Treasurer: Daniel Sholder

PM&R Interest Group 2018 Officers

Prisha Patel

Elikem Dorbu

 
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

Number of Applicants & Positions from "Results and Data 2018 Main Residency Match"

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2018")

 
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 Stat Year
Orthopaedic Surgery Massachusetts Gen Hosp BOSTON MA 2015
Orthopaedic Surgery Henry Ford HSC-MI DETROIT MI 2016
Orthopaedic Surgery Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2016
Orthopaedic Surgery Hofstra NSLIJ SOM-North Shore LIJ-NY GREAT NECK NY 2016
Orthopaedic Surgery Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2016
Orthopaedic Surgery U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2016
Orthopaedic Surgery U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2016
Orthopaedic Surgery/5 Yr University H‐ osps-Columbia-MO‐ COLUMBIA MO 2016
Orthopaedic Research Thomas Jefferson Univ-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery Henry Ford HSC-MI DETROIT MI 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery U Colorado SOM-Denver AURORA CO 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery Rhode Island Hosp/Brown Univ PROVIDENCE RI 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery UC San Diego Med Ctr-CA SAN DIEGO CA 2017
Orthopaedic Surgery 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
Orthopaedic Surgery Walter Reed BETHESDA MD 2018
Orthopaedic Surgery Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Orthopaedic Surgery U Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics MADISON WI 2018
Orthopaedic Surgery Drexel Univ COM/Hahnemann Univ Hosp PHILADELPHIA PA 2018
Orthopaedic Surgery UCLA Med‐ical Center-CA‐ LOS ANGELES CA 2018
Orthopaedic Surgery Duke Univ Med Ctr-NC DURHAM NC 2019
Orthopaedic Surgery Hosp of the Univ of PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2019
Orthopaedic Surgery Madigan Hospital  JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD WA 2019
Orthopaedic Surgery U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2019
Orthopaedic Surgery UC San Diego Med Ctr-CA SAN DIEGO CA 2019
         
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation LSU SO‐ M New Orlea‐ns LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2012
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation NYP Hosp Columbia‐ & Cornell NY New York NY 2012
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Barnes Jewish Hosp MO ST LOUIS MO 2013
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation U Alabama‐ Med Ctr Birm‐ ingham Birmingham AL 2013
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2013
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation LSU SOM New Orleans LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2013
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation U Utah Affil Hospitals SALT LAKE CITY UT 2014
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2014
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Harvard/Spaulding-MA CHARLESTOWN MA 2015
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Ohio State University Med Ctr COLUMBUS OH 2016
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Detroit Med Ctr/WSU-MI DETROIT MI 2016
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2017
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Vanderbilt Univ Med Ctr-TN NASHVILLE TN 2017
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Ohio State University Med Ctr COLUMBUS OH 2018
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation U Washington Affil Hosps SEATTLE WA 2018
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation NYU School Of Medicine NEW YORK NY 2019
 
How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

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