Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers services and programs through the following Divisions. Use these links to directly access all our Department sites.


Medical Training

Residency Program

The University of California, San Francisco Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program is one of the top residency programs in the United States. Six residents are selected annually from a pool of over 300 applicants through the National Resident Matching Program. The program is able to recruit its top choices every year. The program is known for excellence in both clinical instruction and basic and clinical research. The faculty are known nationally and internationally for their expertise in all subspecialties, including trauma, spine, foot and ankle, arthroplasty, sports medicine, hand, and oncology. The residency rotations provide an outstanding clinical experience and include the following hospitals for clinical rotations: the Medical Center of the University of California San Francisco; San Francisco General Hospital; and Mt. Zion Medical Center of UCSF.

San Francisco General Hospital remains a core rotation for the UCSF residency. Residents receive all of their official orthopaedic trauma training at SFGH. Eight residents, or approximately one-third of the residents, are located at the SFGH Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at any one time. Residents rotate at SFGH for two 2-4 month blocks per year every year of their residency. There are an average of 1-2 UCSF and visiting medical students on the orthopaedic service at SFGH monthly. As many of the Bay Area orthopaedic surgeons and community leaders are UCSF graduates, SFGH plays a major role in shaping the orthopaedic care delivered to the citizens of the Bay Area.

The faculty organizes daily teaching conferences in pre-operative and post-operative care, trauma and fracture care, spine, foot and ankle, and musculoskeletal radiology. Basic sciences instruction as related to orthopaedics is conducted at the University of California, San Francisco, and is integrated into the clinical teaching throughout the training program. Didactic teaching includes weekly grand rounds and core curriculum lectures from September through June. Anatomy sessions cover special topics and are conducted during the summer months in July and August. UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery residents are encouraged to participate in clinical and basic research and are required to complete a research project prior to graduation.