Program Director's Message
Welcome to the University of Arizona Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. The purpose of this residency program is to provide you the knowledge and skills necessary to practice orthopaedics at a high level of competence. It is our expectation that the training you receive will prepare you for practice as a general orthopaedic surgeon, or allow you to pursue a subspecialty fellowship in the area of your choosing. We do not expect that you will be a master of all orthopaedic surgical procedures, but it is expected that you will have the necessary skills with which to learn procedures that you may be required to perform in your practice over the course of your career. It is also expected that you will learn your own limitations and be prepared to seek out additional training or refer patients to others perhaps more qualified to care for them. At the completion of residency training it is expected that you will be eligible to sit for and pass both parts of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Certification Examination.
In order to meet these goals, your orthopaedic residency education will encompass five years of training. This training will include weekly mandatory didactic lectures, outpatient and inpatient care, and operative and non-operative care. You will be exposed to all of the major areas of orthopaedic surgery. This experience will be both rigorous and rewarding and provide a structure for your own self study. The formal conferences and operative teaching are not a substitute for a good self-study program based on texts and literature of current orthopaedic surgery that is available to you. It is our expectation that you will develop good self-study habits and an ongoing review of the current literature, which will not only help you in your residency training, but in your many years of future practice as well. You will have to build upon your medical school training in order to become not only a competent orthopaedic surgeon, but a compassionate and ethical one as well.
During your five years you will be assigned to work at several outpatient facilities in the Tucson area. The main hospital assignments will be at the University Medical Center and University Physicians Healthcare Hospital. Rotations are typically for a period of four to six months, and may vary determined by the level of training and the institution where you will be rotating. There is also a three month rotation in Pediatric Orthopaedics for the PGY-2 residents at Shriner's Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City in conjunction with the University of Utah.
The faculty wishes you well and hopes that you will seek us out as the need arises for counseling, assistance, and guidance in your studies.