Orthopedic Surgery is the medical and surgical specialty that includes the study and prevention of musculoskeletal diseases, disorders and injuries and their treatment by medical, surgical and physical methods.
Training consists of a minimum of 5 years of postgraduate education. There are 161 orthopedic residency programs, accredited by the ACGME for 2012/2013, offering over 600 categorical positions available to U.S. seniors.
Orthopedic surgery residency training programs participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Match results through the NRMP and competitiveness information for orthopedic surgery residency training positions are summarized in the US Match Statistics table below.
|US Match Statistics||2013||2012||2011||2010|
|# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors||693||682||670||656|
|% U.S. Seniors matched*||81||82||79||80|
|# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions||1||0||2||3|
|# Unmatched U.S. seniors||134||128||154||138|
Source: NRMP *Competitiveness is based on the percentage of U.S. seniors who match in each specialty.
Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of an orthopedic surgery residency program is available in adult reconstructive orthopedics, foot and ankle orthopedics, hand surgery, musculoskeletal oncology, orthopedic sports medicine, orthopedic surgery of the spine, orthopedic trauma, and pediatric orthopedics. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions available and length of training is available in the Graduate Medical Education Directory on line database FREIDA.
FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.
5 years of residency
Categorical and advanced positions available
|Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics||1 year|
|Hand Surgery & Upper Extremity||1 year|
|Joint Preservation||1 year|
|Orthopaedic Sports Medicine||1 year|
|Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine||1 year|
|Orthopaedic Trauma||1 year|
|Pediatric Orthopaedics||1 year|
|Median, Clinical Salary||$520,000|