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Our residency program offers trainees a balanced learning experience in a variety of clinical facilities with predictable caseloads, responsibilities and opportunities. Residents will learn how to manage admitted patients, familiarizing themselves with holistic care practices while gaining experience with consultations. Residents will also be exposed to operative skills in controlled environments, learning the fundamentals of surgical decision-making skills and indications for non-operative and operative treatment.

Averaging 26 participants at a time, our close-knit program encourages continuous interaction among all levels of trainees, providing opportunities to share knowledge with colleagues while receiving personable instruction from our accomplished faculty.

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Why Choose Our Program

  • Select from two training pathways: clinical or research
  • Receive evidence-based learning and practice
  • Engage deeply in academic medicine and assist with research
  • Build your expertise through exposure to a high volume of clinical cases
  • Experience the atmosphere of fast-paced operating rooms


Residency at a Glance


Residents accepted each year


Residency tracks: clinical and research


Teaching facilities


How To Apply

Learn more about how to apply to our residency program, the two track options we offer and important application deadlines.

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Training Facilities

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system serving San Diego and has one of the few adult Level I Trauma Centers in the region. View a list of our dynamic training sites including affiliate hospitals.

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Meet Our Residents

Learn more about our diverse orthopedic surgery residents and alumni.

Meet Our Residents

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Welcome, Interns!

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Kelly Dopke, MD
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

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Claudio Ghetti, MD
UC San Diego School of Medicine

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Christopher Liu, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

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Conner Trimm, MD
UC San Diego School of Medicine

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Kevin Zhu, MD
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


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