Orthopaedic Surgery

An orthopaedic surgeon is trained in the preservation, investigation and restoration of the form and function of the extremities, spine, and associated structures by medical, surgical, and physical means.

An orthopaedic surgeon is involved with the care of patients whose musculoskeletal problems include congenital deformities, trauma, infections, tumors, metabolic disturbances of the musculoskeletal system, deformities, injuries, and degenerative diseases of the spine, hands, feet, knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow in children and adults. An orthopaedic surgeon is also concerned with primary and secondary muscular problems and the effects of central or peripheral nervous system lesions of the musculoskeletal system.

Residency Training

  • Duration of training: Five years.
  • Number of programs nationally: 152.
  • Number of entering residency positions per year: 601.
  • Type of Match: NRMP
  • Overall Competitiveness: High 


  • Sports
  • Hand
  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Spine
  • Trauma
  • Joint Replacement
  • Foot and Ankle

Primary Faculty Contact for Scientific Trunk

Dr. David Walton

Medical Student Interest Group

M2 contact person:
Allan Metz

Shadowing or Mentoring Experiences Available for Scientific Trunk

Dr. David Walton


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Suggested Journals, Books & Information for Interested Students