Application Process

Applicants for residency in orthopedic surgery will be selected via the National Resident Match Program (NRMP). All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in Houston, Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program provides 5 years of accredited graduate medical education fulfilling the educational requirements of the ABOS and the ACGME. Following the initial year of general medicine and surgical exposure (including six months of orthopedics), each resident is taken through a four year curriculum of increasing responsibility and subspecialty exposure within the field of orthopedic surgery. Specifically, the program has a designated 4 week block of simulation training for the PGY1 year as well as cadaveric milestone simulation training for the PGY 2 to 5 years. The didactic educational program is a 2 year rotating curriculum developed and presented by national and international experts in the orthopedic subspecialties. Due to the large population of the Houston area, a wide range of both common and complex problems provides the resident with an ample appropriately supervised clinical experience to graduate from the program being competent in all aspects of general orthopedic surgery.

• Ten clinical/surgical rotations through eight major institutions within the Texas Medical Center
• Conferences, Core Knowledge Lectures, Journal Club, M&M, Grand Rounds, OITE Reviews, Visiting Professors, etc
• Resident Research Projects
• Hands-on laboratory instruction for trauma techniques, arthroscopy and microsurgery
• Faculty Mentoring Program
• State-of-the-art computer and library support

Residency Application Screening and Interview Process

For the upcoming 2021 – 2022 Academic Year, ERAS has opened up submissions beginning on September 1, 2020. Update emails via ERAS are sent out to applicants periodically through the screening process, including invitations for interview scheduling.

Applications are screened by a group of 6-8 staff with about 50-60 applicants being invited for interviews. The goal of the committee is to select applicants to interview who they feel will flourish in the orthopedic residency training vision at UTHealth.

The interview day is comprised of either a morning or afternoon session with each session made up of 10-12 applicants. This year our interview process will be conducted all virtual. We will offer prerecorded facility tours, introductions to our program, and history as well as an Open House Social event the night prior to interviews. All applicants will be invited to get to know our program in a more relaxed setting.


We accept applications in ERAS until the middle of November.  All required documents must be submitted in ERAS by this date.

Interview dates will be conducted in mid-January.

For additional information regarding our program, go to the AMA FREIDA website.

Helpful Links

AMA – Services of FREIDA Online


ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service)

Match (NRMP)