Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Every year in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, we select 14 new residents from a pool of more than 600 applicants for our fully accredited, 5-year residency program. Our goal is for residents to gain the necessary knowledge and experience to successfully complete the certifying exams of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and to enter the practice as well-trained, highly competent orthopedic surgeons.
Recognized as one of the finest educational experiences available in the field, our residency program at NYU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). There are 72 residents in the program at any given time. Two residents are selected into our clinician–scientist training program and spend an extra year performing full-time research.
Residents spend 60 months on clinical rotations, which include all major subspecialty areas of orthopedic surgery. As a resident in our program, you gain experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings and are trained in operative and nonoperative treatments for a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Members of our large teaching faculty provide close interaction and supervision. Faculty also offer one or two weekly case conferences for each clinical rotation.
Your clinical training is enhanced by a comprehensive didactic program that includes conferences in all areas of clinical orthopedics, fractures, basic science, and orthopedic pathology. Based on a two-year cycle, the didactic program provides each resident with at least two complete cycles during the five years of orthopedic training.
Our research scientists and clinical faculty work together to provide a thorough basic science didactic curriculum based on the one recommended by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
All residents are required to complete a minimum of three writing projects to demonstrate scholarly activity. One must be an original basic science or clinical research project. Book chapters, review articles, and other scholarly activities, such as video projects, may fulfill the other two requirements. The majority of our residents complete many more than the minimum requirement.
As a resident in our program, you have the opportunity to rotate in all of the key subspecialties of orthopedic surgery:
- adult reconstructive surgery
- foot and ankle surgery
- hand surgery
- orthopedic oncology
- pediatric orthopedic surgery
- shoulder and elbow surgery
- spine surgery
- sports medicine
- trauma and fracture surgery
An important component of resident education is our Surgical Skills Lab, which can be used for open and arthroscopic procedures, as well as our virtual reality simulators.
Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training Experience
Training in our program is based on the principle of increasing responsibility as you gain knowledge and experience in each rotation. Clinical rotations take place in several locations, including NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, NYU Langone Orthopedic Center, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, and Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, as well as the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.
Your first residency year is a combined medical and surgical experience. You complete rotations in surgical skills “boot camp,” general surgery, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, adult reconstructive surgery, orthopedic trauma surgery, general orthopedics, and pediatric orthopedic surgery. In addition, rotations in the intensive care unit and the emergency room are also included.
Your second-year rotations offer experience in managing different orthopedic conditions in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Second-year residents provide orthopedic consultations in our emergency rooms. The operating room experience emphasizes acquiring basic psychomotor technical skills and learning the fundamental principles of anatomy, surgical dissection, and orthopedic surgery. During each rotation, you serve as a junior resident of a clinical service. Developing basic orthopedic knowledge is paramount during this year.
At this point in the program, you should have the knowledge and experience to more actively direct the care of patients. On some rotations, you report directly to a fellow or to the attending faculty. In the third year, you focus on completing orthopedic subspecialty rotations, which helps you consider which subspecialty fellowship to pursue. Experience in both inpatient and outpatient care, as well as in the operating room, increases at this level. You actively participate in more and increasingly complex cases, which provides preparation for the senior resident years.
Responsibility for patient care continues to increase, and in some rotations, you report directly to the fellows and attending staff. Although the fifth-year resident on each service is the chief resident, you have specific clinical responsibilities in the fourth year in which you function as the supervising resident. This year of training is a pivotal shift from junior to senior resident, and expectations and responsibilities grow accordingly. You become more actively involved in the development of treatment plans for both outpatients and inpatients, while moving into the roles of primary surgeon and first assistant in the operating room. As a fourth-year resident, you are expected to make the transition to a more senior role on the care team.
During your final residency year, you function as the chief resident of a multiple-resident service, which varies from two to six residents depending on the rotation. You are responsible for all clinical activities of the service, including inpatient and outpatient care, as well as all operating room activity. The coordination of all resident and fellow activity and the oversight of the care provided are your responsibility. You work directly with the chief of service and other members of the teaching faculty. Your roles as primary surgeon and first assistant in the operating room continue.
Commitment to Diversity
NYU Langone’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery is committed to supporting the goals of the AAOS in fostering diversity in orthopedics, including understanding and responding to the diversity of the patient population, enhancing the delivery of culturally competent care, and supporting efforts to diversify the profession and orthopedic workforce.
As part of our effort to meet these goals, the department’s educational program is committed to identifying and training qualified women and members of minority groups who are interested in orthopedic surgery.
For more information about our residency program, contact Randie Godette, MS, senior residency program coordinator, at 212-598-6509 or firstname.lastname@example.org.