Resident clinical training in the Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program covers all subspecialty areas of orthopaedic surgery, including;

  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Adult Spine
  • Basic Science
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hand and Upper Extremity
  • Oncology
  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Sports Medicine

Core Curriculum

Helping underserved communities

The Duke Orthopaedic Training Program is committed to musculoskeletal care in underserved communities within the region and international communities. Residents participate in outreach programs at health departments in eastern North Carolina and internationally in hospitals in Africa and the Caribbean.

Achieving competency

Competency is monitored through faculty evaluations of clinical performance, presentations at didactic conferences, and in-training and specialty board examinations. Each chief resident must complete a written thesis presented and adjudicated at a symposium before graduation from the program.

Affiliated institutions

In addition to an appointment at Duke University Hospital, residents rotate through the orthopaedic services at affiliated hospitals. These include:

Additional training opportunities

Duke orthopaedic residents are exposed to additional opportunities to enrich their musculoskeletal education. Residents may staff the training rooms of Duke University and North Carolina Central University athletic teams and serve as team physicians for one of the local high schools or the junior college. Resident participation may be in all aspects of care for the athletes, including pre-participation examination, training, decision-making about continuing/returning to play, evaluation and treatment of injuries, and rehabilitation.

The Human Fresh Tissue Laboratory provides residents with a unique opportunity to not only master surgical anatomy and approaches but also to perform orthopaedic surgical procedures, including:

  • Small and large joint arthroscopy(s)
  • Ligament reconstructions
  • Total joint arthroplasty(s)
  • Tendon transfers

Orthopaedic education today is both a dynamic and evolutionary process—based not only on technological advances but also on innovative ideas spawned from clinical and basic science research. Integrated web-based curricula, informatics, computer-based training, and virtual technology all play essential roles in this evolution in orthopaedic education. Nevertheless, history and tradition provide a time-honored foundation to those fundamental ideals necessary for success: a strong work ethic, teamplay, and a relentless passion for clinical medicine.

American Orthopaedic Association - Orthopaedic Residency Information Network (ORIN)

The Orthopaedic Residency Information Network (ORIN®) functions as a central portal of information about all CORD-member orthopaedic surgery residency programs across the United States. Medical students can use this tool to explore orthopaedic surgery residency programs. Programs can use this tool to highlight program information, strengths, and opportunities. 

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