Each year, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery matches five medical students to enter its residency program. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery prides itself on providing an unparalleled education through access to faculty and the inclusion of the latest technologies and tools to further your development as a resident. From the fundamentals through exposure to all of the major subspecialties within Orthopedics, resident education is comprised of three main components: knowledge, skills, and experience.

Working in the busiest Level One Trauma Center in the nation, residents are exposed to all varieties of orthopedic trauma—on average, more than 5,000 admissions per year. The training program provides ample opportunity for both clinical and basic research. The clinical research is supported by a strong clinical research department and a database of over 3000 cases. Basic science research provides the opportunity to be involved in inflection and problems of bone healing. As well there is a strong bone research focus across the Texas Medical Center’s academic institutions which is available to those interested in this area.

The five years of clinical rotations includes surgical and non-surgical experience in each major subspecialty within Orthopedics. Enhanced educational tools including state-of-the-art surgical simulators and arthroscopic simulators allow residents to strengthen their surgical skills and receive immediate feedback. With a focus on honing surgical skills, residents at all levels regularly participate in skills sessions and various anatomic and cadaveric dissection labs.

Academic Training

Clinical rotations are complemented by didactic lecture sessions given by residents, fellows, faculty, as well as visiting professors. Weekly subspecialty lecture topics include pediatrics, total joints, foot and ankle, sports medicine, spine, and trauma, as well as Morbidity and Mortality discussions through Memorial Hermann Hospital and Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. Monthly Journal clubs provide in-depth understanding of the need for quality metrics and evidence based data to support clinical decision making. In addition, subspecialty didactic lectures and Journal clubs take place weekly/monthly.

Hands-On Experience

Hands-on experience is an important component of the Orthopedic residency program. The program has one of the first training simulation programs. The program provides the level specific resident with the opportunity to develop the necessary skills by cadaveric simulation to assure successful completion of their ACGME mandated milestones.

Program Aims

Assuring that the graduating resident is clinically competent, compassionate and professional

  • Providing the resident with the skills to be successful in the emerging healthcare environment through problem focused and cost conscious decision-making, while being considerate of the individual patient’s needs and limitations.
  • Facilitating psychomotor skills acquisition in a safe and supervised environment such that the resident is exposed to a broad array of basic techniques and surgical tools prior to encountering the need for them in a live surgical setting.
  • Engendering and fostering an attitude and mentality of excellence and striving for the optimal outcome in each clinical setting by having residents model exemplary faculty physicians and other healthcare providers via an active mentoring program.
  • Generating concepts/ideas for high-quality, valuable research endeavors.
  • Ensuring quality by providing oversight into efficiency based quality improvement projects.
  • Provide skills and behavior training for residents to emerge as leaders in their communities.

For more information, please contact:

Paula Neal
Program Manager
Orthopaedic Residency Program