Orthopedic Surgery
 

Overview of the Specialty 

Orthopedic Surgery is the medical and surgical specialty that includes the study and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases, disorders and injuries and their treatment by medical, surgical and physical methods.

Training Requirements

Training consists of a minimum of 5 years of postgraduate education.  There were 156 orthopedic surgery residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 703 categorical positions.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

Orthopedic surgery residency training programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Match results through the NRMP and competitiveness information for orthopedic surgery residency training positions are summarized in the US Match Statistics table below.

US Match Statistics

2015

2014

2013

2012

Competitiveness*

High

High

High

High

# Categorical positions available for U.S. Seniors

703

695

693

682

% U.S. Seniors matched*

80%

83%

81%

82%

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

0

2

1

0

# Unmatched U.S. seniors

149

123

134

128

Source: NRMP Match results for U.S. seniors applying in a single specialty. *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice.

WUSM Match Statistics

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Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of an orthopedic surgery residency program is available in adult reconstructive orthopedics, foot and ankle orthopedics, hand surgery, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic sports medicine, orthopedic surgery of the spine, orthopedic trauma, and pediatric orthopedics. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions available and length of training is available in the Graduate Medical Education Directory on line database FREIDA.
FREIDA

Career Information FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.

Washington University Resources

Washington University Graduate Medical Education:  GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University.

Washington University Department Website:
Washington University Orthopedics

Faculty Contacts:  Orthopedic Surgery

Jacob Buchowski, MD, MS

747-4950

Douglas McDonald, MD

747-2563

Martin Boyer, MD, FRCS(C)

747-2813

Rick Wright, MD

747-2639


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National Organizations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

At A Glance
Training
5 years of residency 
 
Categorical and advanced
positions available
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics 1 year
Hand Surgery & Upper Extremity 1 year
Joint Preservation 1 year
Orthopedic Sports Medicine 1 year
Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine 1 year
Orthopedic Trauma 1 year
Pediatric Orthopedics 1 year
Lifestyle
Median,Academic Salary $504,000
Median, Clinical Salary $559,000
Source:AAMC