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Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery is an exciting, evolving field and offers both clinical, teaching and research opportunities in an extremely diverse patient population. Surgical interventions are an important part of what we do clinically but a significant portion of our time is also dedicated towards office hours and non-operative treatments. An Orthopaedic Surgeon is exposed to a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and develops significant relationships with patients. The various sub-specialties (which are typically pursued via a one-year fellowship program) include foot & ankle, hand, adult arthroplasty, pediatrics, shoulder, sports, spine, tumor, and trauma. Surgical procedures involve tissues including the integument, vessels, nerves, muscle, tendon, ligaments, cartilage, bone as well as work with various materials including plastics, metals and composites. Active areas of research in Orthopaedic Surgery include education, epidemiology, clinical decision making and outcomes, bioengineering, biomechanics, genetic/molecular/cell/tissue biology of normal/injured/cancerous musculoskeletal tissues. In general, Orthopaedic Surgery appeals mostly to future doctors who wish to use physical and biologic principles, problem-solving skills, and operative techniques in order to have a significant positive impact on a mostly healthy yet broken patient population.

Two Penn courses (one being Arthroplasty/Joints) and two away courses are needed.   EM, Musculoskeletal Radiology, and Spine, Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine  are electives which can be considered if an elective before an ortho month is desired.

School Required Sub-I Category:

EM sub-I is most helpful but all choices (EM, Medicine, Pediatrics) are acceptable

Department Required Courses:

Orthopaedic preceptorship (Trauma, Sports, or Arthroplasty/Joints) 

Highly Recommended:

Surgery sub-I
Orthopaedic preceptorship (Peds, Hand, or Tumor)

Helpful (in no particular order):

Infectious Disease
Emergency Medicine
Rehab medicine

To learn more about Penn's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery visit their website at:

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