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Training Future Leaders in Orthopedic Surgery

On our campus, sunshine is as stimulating as our distinguished faculty and sea air as abundant as our leading-edge facilities and resources. As a internationally recognized public research university, UC San Diego's School of Medicine welcomes bold thinkers and creative achievers into its education and training programs.


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Residency Program

Our residency program is diverse and flexible, preparing our residents for the field of musculoskeletal surgery. We offer a five-year clinical and six-year research track.


Fellowship Program

We offer fellowships in four sub-specialties: orthopedic trauma, spine surgery, adult joint reconstruction, and hand & microvascular surgery.


Medical Student Opportunities

We offer subinternships for both UC San Diego and visiting senior students along with independent study research opportunities.


Additional Learning Opportunities

Trainees receive continuing, needs-based education through Grand Rounds, journal club meetings, cadaver labs, sawbones workshops and many other opportunities.

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In our dynamic orthopedic surgery programs, our department develops future medical leaders devoted to making a lasting impact through scholarship, research and patient care. Students, residents and fellows learn through a comprehensive curriculum while participating in clinical practice within a nationally ranked academic health system—the only one of its kind in San Diego. We also offer a resident research track for inquisitive trainees and independent study research opportunities.

UC San Diego, founded in 1960, consistently ranks among the top 20 research universities globally. Recent recognitions include a five-star rating for combining quality and affordability by Money Magazine in 2023, a place among the top 10 public universities in the United States according to the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education in 2022, and ranking among the top 20 best global universities according to U.S. News & World Report for 2022-2023.

Committed to progress on this side of the Pacific Ocean, we plan on continuing to grow and innovate for years to come. We welcome you to join us and make a wave of your own.

"I was drawn from the start to the vibrant, welcoming culture in UC San Diego's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery thanks to the openness I experienced on interview day. I could not have ended up at a more supportive residency to train at!"
—Thaddeus Woodard, MD

Graduate Medical Education Overview

UC San Diego Health and School of Medicine offer a uniquely vibrant and internationally renowned learning environment for the leaders of our future to thrive. Explore why UC San Diego is an ideal place to train as a resident or fellow. And learn about employee benefits, licensure requirements, campus policies and more on the Office of Graduate Medical Education website.

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