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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. Brown and the University of Maryland are exceptions – they have six year programs, but the sixth year is essentially a trauma fellowship.

Hand, Foot/Ankle, Shoulder/Elbow, Sports Medicine, Spine, Oncology, Pediatrics, Total Joint Replacements.
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

No information about shadowing in orthopaedics has been provided.
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 Orthopedics through shadowing, research opportunities and joint activities through the student-run Orthopedics 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.

How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

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