The 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 all the major subspecialties of orthopaedics, with outside rotations at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California and Kaiser Permanente Hospital. One hundred percent of the department's residents have become Board certified orthopaedic surgeons.
The department's fellowship programs provide post-residency subspecialty training to prepare surgeons for a career in academic orthopaedics, in private practice with an academic emphasis and in private practice with an area of special interest. Five subspecialties offer fellowship training: orthopaedic trauma (two positions), spinal disorders (two positions), adult reconstructive (one position), foot and ankle (two positions), and hand, upper extremity and microvascular (one position).
The Department of Orthopaedics Surgery offers a variety of programs for medical students. A second year didactic course introduces orthopaedics to medical students, who then have opportunities to serve clerkships or acting internships in their third and fourth years. Each year, a number of talented fourth-year medical students complete acting internships with the department. Opportunities also are available for students who plan on careers in primary care and who wish to gain outpatient musculoskeletal experience.
The department offers a number of specialty conferences and grand rounds, which are available to community physicians — both those who have a specialty interest and those who desire a more general orthopaedic postgraduate exposure. Department faculty participate in numerous regional and national postgraduate medical education programs during the academic year.