Career Services

Orthopedic Surgery

CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: Orthopedic Surgery

Specialty Advisor:


Preferred Contact Information:

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National Organizations:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Minimal Training Durations:

5 years of residency

Subspecialty Fellowships: 1 Year


Competitiveness: high

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Specialty Overview: 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.



·         Foot and Ankle Orthopaedics       1 year

·         Hand Surgery & Upper Extremity            1 year

·         Joint Preservation           1 year

·         Orthopedic Sports Medicine        1 year

·         Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine  1 year

·         Orthopedic Trauma         1 year

·         Pediatric Orthopedics      1 year




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Training Requirements: Training consists of a minimum of 5 years of postgraduate education.  There were 156 orthopedic surgery residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 703 categorical positions.


For subspecialty fellowships, applicants must have completed a residency. The fellowships are over 1 years in length


Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 249

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score: 254

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 69.9

Number of Programs: 163

Number of Positions Available: 717

Total Number of Applicants: 1058

Total Number of Matched: 717




Critical References:


California Northstate University College of Medicine ♦ 9700 West Taron Drive ♦ Elk Grove, CA 95757 ♦ Phone: (916) 686-7300