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PA Orthopaedic Surgical Residency

Orthopaedics offers a varied and rewarding career for physician assistants, and we are proud to offer a training program at Duke, the birthplace of the physician assistant profession.

As one of the nation’s leaders in the delivery of orthopaedic care and resident education, we offer a 12-month residency designed to help PAs develop the knowledge and skills to make an immediate impact on their postgraduate practice.

Our residency program will provide residents with both didactic and clinical education. Residents will have first assist OR training, first call responsibility, and extensive clinical training to provide sound skills to practice as a physician assistant in orthopaedics. Residents will be exposed to all aspects and subspecialties within orthopaedics.

Mission and goals

Our mission is to provide PA residents with the clinical and surgical skills necessary to ethically practice in either an academic or community setting at the highest possible level of competence.

The goals of the residency are for residents to master the fundamentals of clinical science as applied to orthopaedics, including but not limited to:

  • Suturing
  • Fracture reduction and stabilization
  • First assisting in OR
  • Evaluation of clinic patients and disease process
  • Surgical anatomy
  • Casting/splinting
  • Metabolic process of bone healing
  • Surgical pathology
  • Wound healing and management
  • Homeostasis
  • Evaluation of the orthopaedic trauma patient

Learn more about the PA Orthopaedic Surgical Residency curriculum.

Credential awarded

Upon your successful completion of the residency program, you will be awarded a certificate from Duke University Medical Center and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.


See our application timeline and learn what materials you need to submit with your application.

Contact us

If you have questions about the PA Orthopaedic Surgical Residency Program, please contact:

Ryan D. Clement, PA-C, Director
Phone: (919) 470-7093
Email: ryan.d.clement@dm.duke.edu

Duke Orthopaedic Physician Assistant Residency Program
4709 Creekstone Drive
Durham, NC 27703
Ryan D. Clement PA-C, Director PA Residency 
Ray Malaguti, PA-C