Why Choose Duke Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic education today is a dynamic and interactive experience, evolving from a rich history of general orthopaedic principles and shaped by technological advances and innovative ideas from clinical and basic science research.

Integrated web-based curricula, informatics and virtual technologies as well as advanced techniques in adult learning all play important roles in this evolution.


Our successful education program is highlighted by a strong and efficient work ethic, a commitment to the highest quality patient care, a dedication to a team approach, and a contagious curiosity for clinical medicine.

As one of the nation’s leaders in the delivery of orthopaedic care and resident education, Duke Orthopaedics balances technological progress and time-honored traditions to prepare trainees for becoming leaders in our field.

At Duke Orthopaedics, you will participate in a rigorous training program within a collaborative, supportive environment and world-class facilities.

Importantly, you will be inspired to expand your opportunities and challenged to achieve your potential…and beyond—receiving an education that will provide you with ample opportunities to become a competent orthopaedic surgeon, physician, and citizen.

Top rated

As a resident, fellow, physician assistant or visiting medical student in our program, you will train alongside nationally and internationally recognized faculty at one of the most respected medical centers in the country. Many of our orthopaedic surgeons are leaders in their subspecialty fields and within orthopaedics. Duke Orthopaedics consistently ranks as one of the top ten orthopaedic programs in the U.S.

Duke University Hospital, a full-service tertiary and quaternary care hospital with nearly 1,000 beds, is ranked nationally in 12 adult and 8 pediatric specialties and is named the top hospital in North Carolina by U.S. News & World Report.

Life in Durham and Research Triangle Park

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Durham isn’t just home to a top-rated medical school, health system, and university—it’s also among the fastest growing and most livable areas in the country. The Triangle (Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill) boasts cultural diversity, a reasonable cost of living, a strong school system, and numerous accolades. Many local restaurants have been featured in The New York Times and many well-known food magazines, and Durham has been named The South’s Tastiest Town by Southern Living.

Sports fans are drawn to the rivalry between three local NCAA schools, and outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to its network of running and biking trails, parks, and athletic fields. Learn more about life in Durham by reading the New York Times article on 36 hours in Durham.

Research Triangle Park, the largest research park in the country, is just 10 miles away and a source of innovations in biotechnology, environmental sciences, and pharmaceuticals. Learn more about life in Durham at https://durham.duke.edu.

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Contact us

Medical Student Subinternship, Residency, & Fellowship Programs

Wendy R. Thompson
Sharon A. Long 
Program Coordinators
Medical Student Subinternship, Residency, and Fellowship Training Programs
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
DUMC Box 3000
Durham, North Carolina 27710
Phone: (919) 684-3170

PA Residency Program

Ryan D. Clement, PA-C, Director
Duke Orthopaedic Physician Assistant Residency Program
Duke Regional Hospital
3643 North Roxboro Road, Box #29
Durham, NC  27704
Phone: (919) 470-7162