Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

Saint Louis University’s orthopaedics residency is a six-year, fully accredited training program consisting of five years of clinical instruction and one year of research that provides training in all areas of adult and pediatric orthopaedics.

Orthopaedic Residency Program Overview

There are 30 residents in the program, five at each PGY year and five in the research year, which is positioned between the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years. The PGY-1 year is an orthopaedic year which meets all current Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) requirements, providing an excellent background in general surgery and the surgery subspecialties.

The research year is an organized program in research education supported through the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in conjunction with the University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. The year is dedicated mainly to research but is structured to maintain the residents’ newly acquired clinical skills.

The research year is required between the first and second years of the orthopaedic residency. This year is committed to having the resident read research correctly. At minimum, each resident must complete a publishable basic science and a clinical project during this year. One day per week is spent doing clinical activity to help maintain and enhance your clinical knowledge while improving your academic skills.

Research Opportunities

  • There have been 18 publications with resident authors in the last six years.
  • Fourty resident presentations at national meetings the last two years.
  • 133 resident presentations from July 2007 to June 2013.
  • Presentations, publications and OITE scores are frequently used in deciding fellowship acceptances.

The PGY-2 through PGY-5 years are spent solely within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery with residents rotating through all the major subspecialties. As the years in training increase, so does the level of resident responsibility, culminating in a PGY-5 or Chief Resident year. Upon successful completion of the program, residents are eligible for board certification through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


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Application Process

The Saint Louis University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery participates in and will only accept application through the AAMC Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Contact your medical school for the student work station kit. Our program offers five PGY-1 categorical slots.