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The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania created the first freestanding Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the United States in 1889. Dr. Deforest Willard was awarded the first professorship and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery in the nation. Since then, over two hundred eighty-two residents have completed their education in our institution, carrying on the tradition of excellence of Penn Orthopaedics throughout the country and the world.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is one of the premier residency training programs in the nation. Our physicians perform over 5,800 surgical procedures and 60,000 outpatient visits each year throughout the affiliated hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, in a wide variety of Orthopaedic subspecialties. Given this vast surgical volume and diversity of exposure to clinical problems, our department offers an unparalleled experience for the orthopaedic surgeon in training.

In addition to promoting pre-eminence in patient care, research is an integral part of our Departmental mission. The McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory is a nationally recognized center for basic research in many areas including orthopaedic bioengineering and molecular biology. Currently, the McKay Laboratory receives over 3.5 million direct cost dollars per year in grants, gifts, and endowments from extramural sources and is ranked third nationally among orthopaedic departments in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

Penn medical students are eligible to join the Leo Leung Orthopaedic Surgery Society

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Program Curriculum

Prior to entry into the Orthopaedic Surgery Training Program, the resident must satisfactorily complete 6 months of General Surgery and 6 months of Orthopaedic Surgery at the PGY-1 level at the University of Pennsylvania. The schedule of rotations varies according to the needs of the individual resident and the needs of the Program.

All residents are required to take the orthopaedic in-training examination (OITE) of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons starting at the PGY-2 level. No resident will be considered to have satisfactorily completed the training program until a passing score is obtained on the written examination.

Two residents, upon completion of the PGY-2 year, will spend one full academic year in the McKay Orthopaedic Laboratory pursuing basic science research.

The Faculty evaluates each resident’s performance at the end of each rotation. A written report is submitted to the Program Director who will review this bi-annually with each resident.

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Program Hospitals

Penn Orthopaedics offers care at several locations:

Central Philadelphia:
Pennsylvania Hospital
Presbyterian Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Philadelphia area:
Penn Medicine at Radnor

New Jersey:
Cherry Hill

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