Program description

The five-year Orthopedic Surgery Residency includes didactic and research training and extensive clinical experience. You gradually assume increasing responsibility for patient care and participate in trauma management throughout the entire residency. After completing the Orthopedic Surgery Residency, you will be able to evaluate and treat most orthopedic conditions.

The most important sign of the success of any training program is how its graduates fare after they begin their careers. In the last decade, 98 percent of our graduates have successfully passed their American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery certification examinations. The scores for the yearly in-training examinations have consistently exceeded the 80th percentile.


The Orthopedic Surgery Residency fulfills the requirements for training as stated by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Program history

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency began in 1910, and since that time, more than 870 physicians have completed training. It is anticipated that 12 residents will complete training annually.

Of the residents who have trained in Mayo Clinic's Orthopedic Surgery Residency over the past decade, two-thirds are in private practice and one-third are in academic positions. Recent graduates practice in all regions of the United States and in many foreign countries.

June 10, 2014