About the Program

About the Program

Educational Mission

The training faculty members of The Ohio State University Orthopaedic Residency Program are committed to the education of all residents and wish to prepare these physicians to function as well-qualified, independent specialists in orthopaedics.  We believe that residents require training in basic science, and clinical care as it is relates to orthopaedics.  Our role as educators is to instill residents with those traits essential to success including honesty and integrity, objectivity, self-motivation, curiosity, timeliness, and a sense of responsibility.

Program Description

Excellence in patient care, research, and education is the overall goal of the Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University. The residency training is committed to a process of maturation in the pursuit of knowledge, and the development of intellectual capacity leading to a life-long commitment to the fundamentals of a career in orthopaedic surgery. Exposure to all ortho specialties on both the junior and senior level allows the resident to explore the subspecialties of Orthopaedics. This experience is not exclusive but is well blended with general orthopaedics providing a more global experience. Research is expected and encouraged and support is provided by both a medical editor and a grant writing specialist.  The resident participates in didactic educational conferences that incorporate case-based learning. Clinical teaching conferences also occur regularly on every service.  To supplement these educational conferences, substantial educational resources are also available electronically, for all specialties.   Periodic testing evaluates the progress status of the resident's educational experience.

The Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University is committed to a Teaching program that includes both a basic science and a clinical curriculum that allows the resident participants to be involved with over 50 orthopaedic surgeons. The attendings are based at the University Hospitals and at Nationwide Children's Hospital.  The residents are exposed to a wide spectrum clinical environments. The variety of styles in the management of orthopaedic problems, surgical indications, patient/physician relationships, charting/documentation, and billing methods are truly comprehensive.  

Residents are treated as individuals, are encouraged to develop excellence, and are held accountable for their personal professional development. Finally, they have the great reward of knowing that they are part of an ongoing process of inquiry and discovery. Both resident and faculty mentoring occur on an ongoing basis in order to assist with professional growth.  The need for musculoskeletal health and well-being will continue to increase in demand, as our population shifts to an older demographic.  We train our residents for life-long learning and continual improvement so they are prepared to enter the ever-changing health care system.

Program Aims

  • To graduate residents who are competitive applicants and can work effectively in the practice setting of their choice, whether academic or private practice.
  • To graduate surgeons who are capable of practicing competently and independently
  • To graduate residents who are well qualified competitive applicants for sub–specialty fellowship education
  • To improve faculty teaching skills in order to strengthen the resident’s educational experiences.
  • To promote resident well-being
  • To improve resident participation in patient safety/quality improvement projects
  • To develop resident didactic and case-based education that will develop life-long learning skills that evolve as our healthcare system changes.
Rotations and curriculum

Rotations and curriculum

The five-year categorical program includes a PGY1 year of rotations, which consist primarily of rotations in general surgery. The remaining four orthopaedic years consist of rotations in all subspecialty areas of orthopaedics. For an in-depth look at the curriculum download the core competency curriculum and the complete residency curriculum.

These areas include foot and ankle surgery, hand surgery, general orthopaedics, joint reconstruction, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopaedic trauma, pediatric orthopaedics, spine surgery and sports medicine.



Educational conferences for residents take place at The Ohio State University and at all affiliated hospitals on an almost daily basis. Residents rotating at affiliated hospitals are required to participate in the conferences sponsored by each hospital's orthopaedic department. However, once a week all Ohio State orthopaedic residents gather together for Friday conferences, including Grand Rounds, teaching conferences and fracture conferences.

Four hours each Friday are dedicated “education” time and all residents are excused from duties in order to attend. Grand Round topics vary and include monthly morbidity and mortality review as well as a visiting professor lecture each month. Teaching conference topics follow a resident education curriculum which, over the course of the year, covers all topics of orthopaedic importance. These sessions are led by faculty in the Department of Orthopaedics. Fracture conferences occur twice a month. This conference is largely case presentations by faculty and residents.
Research Requirements

Research Requirements

As part of their educational experience, all residents in our Orthopaedic Residency are required to complete a clinical or laboratory research project, culminating in the presentation of that work at the Mallory-Coleman Orthopaedic Research Day. Submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed, archival journal is required prior to leaving the program.
Application Process

Application Process

The Department of Orthopaedics participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Through this program, six residents will be selected for the traditional five-year orthopaedic residency program. The following tracks are offered in the NRMP Match:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery: Five-year categorical program - 1566260C0 5

Applications for our residency program are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). This service, which is sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), transmits residency applications, letters of recommendation, dean's letters, transcripts and other supporting credentials from medical schools to residency program directors. We do not require any documents in addition to ERAS requirements.

The deadline for receipt of your completed application is October 15, 2019. Applications that are incomplete as of October 15, 2019 will not be considered.

Salaries and benefits for the Orthopaedic Residency

Benefits provided by Department of Orthopaedics

The following benefits are provided to limited medical staff (residents and fellows).
  • Three weeks paid vacation
  • One week professional leave with pay for attendance at a national or international conference
  • Reimbursement for attendance at above conference

Resident Travel

The Department of Orthopaedics recognizes the educational value of resident attendance at national conferences and courses. To this end, the department provides one week per year professional leave with pay for each resident. Limited funding is provided for residents to attend conferences and courses that will supplement their educational experience. Residents are permitted to attend the following conferences and courses:
  • PGY2: AO Principles of Fracture Management Course
  • PGY3: Prosthetics and Orthotics Course
  • PGY4: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting
  • PGY5: Conference or course of their choice. PGY5 residents are encouraged to attend a board review course.
Additionally, residents attending conferences to present original materials they authored and submitted are eligible for full reimbursement. Approval is at the discretion of the program director.

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Our Mission

The Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is committed to a teaching program that includes both a basic science and clinical curriculum, allowing the residents work with approximately fifty orthopaedic surgeons. Approximately 20 percent of the attendings are based at the University Hospitals, and these faculty members oversee approximately 50 percent of the residents' total education. Eighty percent of the orthopaedic surgeons are on staff at Riverside Hospital, Children's Hospital, Grant Medical Center and OSU East Hospital. The residents are exposed to a wide spectrum of academic and private practice orthopaedic surgery. The variety of styles in the management of orthopaedic problems, surgical indication, patient and physician relationships, charting and billing methods that exist in this broad spectrum of practices, offers a truly mosaic experience.

Residents are treated as individuals, encouraged to develop excellence, held accountable for their personal professional development and finally, have the great reward of knowing that they are part of an ongoing process of inquiry and discovery. Musculoskeletal health and well-being will continue to grow in demand, requiring practitioners committed to excellence, as well as the quest to investigate and expand the ever-broadening horizons of technology. We are Buckeyes and we are on the move.

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