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University of California Davis Health System Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Program Information

Residency Program:

University of California Davis Health System Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Program Director:

Rolando F Roberto, MD

Number of Residents:


Number of Staff:



Length of Program:


Start Dates:

June, July, August

Program Contact Information


Margaret MacNitt


UC Davis Medical Center
Department of Orthopadic Surgery
4860 Y Street, Suite 3800





Zip/Postal code



(916) 734-2807


(916) 734-7904



Program Highlights

The UC Davis residency program offers superb training in all aspects of orthopedic medicine and surgery, with early exposure to surgical cases and graduated responsibility in case management. The program includes exposure to the major subspecialties of orthopaedics, with outside rotations at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California and Kaiser Permanente Hospital in South Sacramento. One hundred percent of the department's residents have become board-certified orthopaedic surgeons. One resident position per year is part of a 6-year option that provides a dedicated year of research following their PG-2 clinical year. Residents rotate in 3-month intervals on subspecialty services that function as small practice groups under the leadership of the chief resident and with close supervision of and teaching by attending staff.

Clinical and Surgical Opportunities

  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Adult Foot and Ankle
  • Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Spinal Disorders
  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Trauma (Level 1 trauma referral center for northern California, Eastern Nevada, and Southern Oregon)

Education and Conferences

  • Resident core curriculum meets twice a week and is a comprehensive course covering aspects of clinical and basic science topics related to orthopaedics.
  • Grand Rounds are held weekly. The subject rotates by subspecialty and faculty member.
  • The Problem Hand Conference is held monthly and participants discuss a variety of topics and patient case presentations pertaining to the hand and upper extremity.
  • Journal Club is held monthly to discuss current orthopaedic journals and articles of interest.
  • Research Seminar held weekly provides an opportunity for faculty, graduate students, residents and medical students to discuss research activities and ideas.
  • Research Symposium is a one-day conference focused on a series of research presentations by our students. The symposium also features an internationally known visiting professor.
  • Resident and Fellow Graduate Symposium, held annually in June, focuses on a series of papers presented by chief residents and fellows regarding their clinical and laboratory research. The symposium also features an internationally known visiting professor.

Educational Courses

  • Residents may attend the AO Basic Principles of Fracture Management during their PG-2 or PG-3 year.
  • Residents may attend the AAOS Annual Meeting during their PG-4 year.
  • Residents may attend a board review course during their PG-5 year.

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Program Curriculum

  • PG-1: Rotations in general surgery trauma, vascular surgery, intensive care, surgical oncology, musculoskeletal radiology, burns/plastics, physical medicine & rehabilitation as well as orthopaedic trauma, adult reconstruction and orthopaedic spine
  • PG-2: Rotations in hand, sports medicine, orthopaedic surgery trauma and pediatric orthopaedics
  • PG-3: Rotations in orthopaedic spine, orthopaedic trauma, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics and adult reconstruction
  • PG-4: Rotations in general orthopaedics in private practice, pediatric orthopaedics, orthopaedic oncology, foot and ankle, and orthopaedic spine
  • PG-5: Rotations in sports medicine, adult reconstruction, orthopaedic trauma, hand and upper extremity, and elective time

Program Hospitals

  • University of California (Davis) Health System - Sacramento, CA
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospital (South Sacramento) - Sacramento, CA
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children (Sacramento) - Sacramento, CA

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