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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

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

Orthopaedic Residents
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery - PGY 5 2021-2022
Front Row; Philip Shaheen M.D., Dustin Baker M.D., John Capelle M.D., Jonathan Behrends M.D., Peter Everson M.D.
Back Row; Jonathan Ben-Zev M.D., Jane Yoon M.D., Ryan Bailey M.D.

Letter from the Chair

I would like to personally thank you for visiting our department website. It is a true honor for me to be the  Chairman of this Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Having been a faculty member in the department since 1997, I have come to watch it build on a strong past of quality Orthopaedic surgical care to a department nationally recognized in trauma and complex Orthopaedic reconstruction especially in Pediatric Orthopaedics, Spine Surgery and Musculoskeletal Oncology. Our advances in clinical research have been recognized nationally and regionally. Our residency graduates are being selected for some of the nation’s top Orthopaedic fellowships and our students are excelling in their knowledge of musculoskeletal medicine. Our research activity remains productive as we present our knowledge gained across the nation. We remain an active and vibrant department committed to quality patient care and outstanding resident education. Welcome! I look forward to meeting you in person!

Howard Place

Howard M. Place, M.D.
Richard J. Kemme Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor and Chairman
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Orthopaedic Residency Program Overview

There are 27 residents in the program. Five incoming PGY-1 residents are accepted each year. 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.

Research Opportunities

Residents have dedicated research time during their residency. They have ample opportunities to perform research with both the clinical faculty as well as the biomechanical and basic science faculty in their labs. The department has both a dedicated research statistician and a research coordinator. Residents travel to each year to present their research at regional and national meetings.

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.