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Find information on the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at IU School of Medicine, including admissions and program progression.

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

Virtual Events for Applicants

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery hosts virtual social events in August and September for those interested in our residency program. Event conversations focus on what applicants can expect during a residency in Indianapolis. Join us via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug. 28, or Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST. Please email Tina Lee, residency coordinator, at with the date you would like to attend. All communication should come only from your institution-issued email address.

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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).

Application must include the following by the application deadline of Oct. 1 in order to be considered:

  • ERAS application
  • USMLE transcript- applicants must have taken and passed USMLE Step 2
  • Three letters of recommendation (SLOR or eSLOR)
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement

The program is participating in the AAMC Supplemental ERAS Application.

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 IU School of Medicine applicants in early December.

Research during residency

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.

The research track resident will follow the same training as the five-year clinical track, but will spend one year after the PGY 2 year conducting research within the lab. The research track resident will resume as a PGY 3 clinical trainee after the research year.

Program Director
18051-Mullis, Brian

Brian H. Mullis, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Mullis plays an active role nationally in resident education through the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and other national organizations.

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Assistant Director
41510-Szatkowski, Jan

Jan P. Szatkowski, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

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Assistant Director
39635-Tysklind, Gunnar

Gunnar Tysklind, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

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