Resident Interview Day

Updated September 15, 2020



Hello Applicant, 

Thank you for checking the website for the orthopedic residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.  The COVID pandemic indeed is a strange time and we are learning how to navigate it every day. Be assured, we recognize the difficulties in this application process and are working to make it easier and more informative. 

I am actively communicating with the Council of Orthopedic Residency Directors (CORD), our local graduate medical education office, and with many of other program directors from around the whole country. While every program will be doing online, or virtual, interviews, we have not yet chosen the dates, the video format, and the number of interviewees for our 4 positions. We will keep that information updated on this website. 

Our program has four residents per year. We are set up primarily as a mentorship style residency with one on one learning with the attending to allow for a great operative and clinical learning experience. Our fundamental educational rationale is that you mentor on each specialty as both a junior and senior resident. For example, as PGY2 you mentor with me in hand surgery for 3 months then again as a PGY4 with Drs. Becker/Turker. As such, one gets a great early operative experience, but we develop the entire skill set of medical decision making. I proudly state that our program has NO FELLOWS, thus our entire focus is on YOUR education and skill development. I love the Chinese proverb, “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.”

Tucson is a great university town with all of the benefits of university affiliation. Tucson serves a population of over a million people of southern Arizona making our Banner University Medical Center-Tucson a true tertiary referral center. At 2500 feet, we are considered the “high desert” making our weather a little cooler than lower situated cities. We are surrounded by five mountain ranges, including the Catalina Mountains with scenic Mt. Lemmon at 9100 feet offering the country’s southern-most ski hill. With 350 sunny days per year, outdoor activities abound.

As the New York Times writes, “The Old Pueblo, as the city is sometimes called, is a special place. Unlike many major urban centers, whose bragging rights are that you don’t have to leave the city limits to find what you want, Tucson is a place that encourages you to explore.” Article Link

Please check us out on Facebook and Instagram. We have a department Instagram, @uazorthopedics, focusing on our clinical services and a new account focused on the residency, @uazorthoresidency, and an email address for our applicants is


Greg DeSilva, MD, FAOA
Associate Professor
Residency Program Director