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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at IU School of Medicine offers a broad spectrum of orthopaedic experience through a comprehensive and competitive program. Orthopaedic Surgery residents build upon knowledge and skill sets obtained through medical school to prepare for the independent practice of clinical and academic orthopaedic surgery. Training focuses on clinical skills and compassionate patient care; achievement of professional competencies; acquisition of medical knowledge; and achievement of scholarly activity through research.

Department faculty are committed to helping each resident in orthopaedics to attain the maximum of their individual potential. In this program, both community practice and academic positions are available, allowing graduates to fully explore options for long-term career goals.

This residency training program offers two tracks of training: a five-year clinical track and a six-year research track. Each track is a separate match process and rank list. Applicants may apply to one or both tracks.

Residency in Indianapolis

Medical students who are considering an Orthopaedic Surgery residency in Indianapolis can find out more about IU School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Education program, including details on admissions, stipends, benefits, policies and more.

Office of GME


Details about requirements to register for matching at IU School of Medicine are available through the Office of GME.  The IU School of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and requires applicants to submit a complete application by the annual deadline of Oct. 1. Complete applications must include the following:

  • ERAS application
  • USMLE transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation (standardized letters or narrative letters accepted)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Minimum score of 240 on the USMLE Step 1 exam

The department offers two interview dates annually for non-IU School of Medicine students: one in December and one in January. One interview date is offered to IUSM applicants in January. The evening before interviews, the department hosts an informal social event for applicants and their spouses/significant others to meet with current orthopaedic surgery residents and their spouses/significant others.

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at IU School of Medicine is a competitive program that provides extensive clinical practice experience and surgical advancement in adult and pediatric orthopaedics. In addition to circulating between various rotations at Indianapolis hospitals, each resident completes a minimum of one research project during their residency training. Research proposals are presented to the research committee during the second quarter of the PGY 2 year, a project and faculty sponsor are identified, and the project carries through the PGY 3 and 4 years. Residents are required to submit a publication-ready manuscript of their research by December of their fifth year of residency training.

Note: The research track resident will follow the same training as the five-year clinical track, but will spend one year after the PGY2 year conducting research within the lab. The research track resident will resume as a PGY3 clinical trainee after the research year.

  • PGY1 Year
    First-year residents complete six months of non-orthopaedic rotations that include trauma surgery, surgical intensive care, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, musculoskeletal radiology, one month of surgical skills training, and six months of orthopaedic rotations that include orthopaedic trauma, pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, oncology/spine and orthopaedic night float.
  • PGY2 Year
    Second-year residents increase their orthopaedic responsibilities to include rotations in adult reconstruction, pediatric orthopaedics, trauma, foot and ankle, as well as a rotation at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. The PGY 2 resident begins taking in-house orthopaedic call with the support of a more senior resident, a chief resident and department faculty. Primary responsibilities of residents in the second year of training include covering the Level I Trauma Center at Riley Hospital for Children and the emergency departments at IU Health and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. In addition, PGY 2 residents must attend a comprehensive fracture course.
  • PGY3 Year
    The third year of this residency program consists of a split between junior and senior responsibilities. Rotations include spine, trauma (Eskenazi Health and IU Health Methodist Hospital), oncology and hand orthopaedics. Call is split between junior and senior level call. Senior-level call responsibilities include advising junior residents and covering the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health. PGY 3 residents must attend a prosthetics and orthotics courses.
  • PGY4 Year
    Fourth-year residents are considered to be at the senior level. Rotations include general orthopaedics, adult reconstruction, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics and trauma. Call is split between senior in-house call and home call.
  • PGY5 Year
    Fifth-year residents, or chief residents, participate in a home-call rotation with duties to assist the in-house junior residents. Chief residents also have increasing administrative duties and act as liaisons to the residency program director. The PGY 5 curriculum includes trauma, upper extremity, pediatric orthopaedics, a rotation at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and an elective. Chief residents are given the choice of attending the Academy Annual Meeting or a Board Review Course.