Orthopaedic Residency Program

Program Director's Message

Welcome to the University of Arizona Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program located in Tucson, Arizona.

Founded on the campus of the University of Arizona in 1967, today the University of Arizona College of Medicine ranks among the top medical schools in the nation for research, teaching and patient care. The orthopedic surgery residency in Tucson graduated its first resident in 1973 and now has over 100 alumni of this proud program. After being a section of the Department of Surgery, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery was formed in 1999. Dr. John Ruth, a nationally renowned traumatologist, has now served as chair since 2007. As a devoted educator, he has overseen the growth of the residency program from 2 residents per year, to then 3, and now to 4 residents per class. 

Our residency offers trainees a uniquely resident-focused experience in a friendly, family-oriented atmosphere. Our purpose is to provide our residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice orthopaedics at the highest level, whether they choose to do so as a general orthopaedic surgeon or in a subspecialty practice.

We have one of the few remaining true mentorship programs for orthopaedic training. Our residents work one-on-one with attending mentors who seek to foster the development of mature operative skills, clinical judgment and lifelong learning. We favor rotations of 2-3 months in length to allow residents to experience continuity of patient care and to develop a relationship of trust and apprenticeship with their mentor. We do not train fellows, which allows our faculty to be committed to prioritizing the growth and education of our residents.

Our department culture focuses on collaboration, growth and improvement to optimize patient care. We strive to help our residents develop a lifelong practice of reflection and self-directed learning. Our program is constantly evolving to meet the needs of our trainees through regular and constructive feedback. We expect that over 5 years our residents will gain an appreciation of their individual limitations and strengths and that their residency experience will be both rigorous and rewarding. We all strive to help our residents become not only competent orthopaedic surgeons, but compassionate and ethical ones as well.

Please enjoy this video on the benefits of residency in "The Old Pueblo", Tucson     https://vimeo.com/458857543