Orthopedic Surgery Residency

Aims Statement

The primary aim of the University of Wisconsin Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program is to prepare residents to become future leaders in orthopedic surgery. Our goals, therefore, are to:

  • Recruit the best medical students in the country
  • Train residents in the full breadth of general orthopedic conditions and treatments as well as provide significant exposure to complex orthopedic conditions and innovative treatment options
  • Prepare residents for their future careers in academic or community practice, whether their path to practice be fellowship training in a specialty orthopedic field or practicing general orthopedics immediately after residency

We accomplish these goals by providing residents with a comprehensive education in a highly collegial environment that emphasizes learning and camaraderie. Each and every faculty member, by virtue of their ongoing commitment to practice excellence in an academic environment, takes seriously both the privilege and responsibility of education.

Our clinical curriculum is structured on the principle of graduated, progressive training. Learner needs are matched with duties that appropriately challenge them while providing a commensurate level of supervision. We schedule a number of inpatient, outpatient, consultative and elective experiences so that our graduates will attain the professional, attitudinal, cognitive and technical skills necessary to provide their patients with the kind and compassionate care they deserve.

Residents have many opportunities to learn and practice patient communication and shared decision-making and to apply evidence-based knowledge to achieve the best likelihood of their patients’ desired outcome. Our residents learn how to problem-solve and hone the process of self-directed lifelong learning. They are taught to assess patient outcomes in order to improve future decision-making and guide practice management.