The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers six resident positions per year. Applicants are selected through the National Resident Matching Program. The program is five years in length.
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. Lectures are taught by senior residents with the assistance of faculty specialty attendings.
Clinical research is encouraged throughout the training program, and facilities for research are available. It is a program requirement that a completed research paper be submitted for publication prior to graduation. One of six residents will participate in a laboratory year.
The program utilizes the orthopaedic services of the following hospitals for clinical rotations: the Medical Center of the University of California San Francisco, Mt. Zion Medical Center of UCSF, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, California Pacific Medical Center San Francisco, Shriners Hospital for Children Sacramento, and Children’s Hospital of Northern California Oakland.
Residents are assigned to two to four month rotations at each of these hospitals during the course of their training. Assignments are arranged to assure increasing responsibility and exposure to all aspects of orthopaedics, including adult and children’s orthopaedics and trauma, as specified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Residents’ assignments and the evaluation of their progress are performed by a departmental faculty committee. Residents are re-appointed annually contingent upon satisfactory performance.
Instruction and policies governing resident activities in each hospital are the responsibility of the Chief of the Orthopaedic Surgery Service of that hospital, who is a member of the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco.