About the Program

The Ohio State University's Orthopaedic Residency Program is committed to providing a well-rounded educational experience for residents in every aspect of orthopaedics. Academic pursuits in research and teaching are optimized through the combination of a large volume of clinical work in each orthopaedic subspecialty. The Orthopaedic Residency is a five-year training program fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

The program's parent institution is The Ohio State University Hospital. Two additional hospitals, Riverside Methodist Hospital and Columbus Children's Hospital collaborate with the parent institution to provide each resident with complimentary ingredients for a well-rounded orthopaedic educational experience. The affiliation of the four hospitals provides a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal conditions and pathology in patients of all ages. The education of the orthopaedic residents at each hospital is the responsibility of each director of orthopaedic education, respectively, which is ultimately supervised by the program director.


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.

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.

Our Mission

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.

Application Process

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:

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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

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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