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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at IU School of Medicine offers a broad spectrum of orthopaedic experience through a comprehensive and competitive program. Orthopaedic Surgery residents build upon knowledge and skill sets obtained through medical school to prepare for the independent practice of clinical and academic orthopaedic surgery. Training focuses on clinical skills and compassionate patient care; achievement of professional competencies; acquisition of medical knowledge; and achievement of scholarly activity through research.

Department faculty are committed to helping each resident in orthopaedics to attain the maximum of their individual potential. In this program, both community practice and academic positions are available, allowing graduates to fully explore options for long-term career goals.

This residency training program offers two tracks of training: a five-year clinical track and a six-year research track. Each track is a separate match process and rank list. Applicants may apply to one or both tracks.

Residency in Indianapolis

Medical students who are considering an Orthopaedic Surgery residency in Indianapolis can find out more about IU School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Education program, including details on admissions, stipends, benefits, policies and more.

Office of GME

Informational Gatherings

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will host virtual social events beginning July 2021 for those interested in the residency program. Conversations during the event will focus on what applicants can expect during a residency in Indianapolis. Events are scheduled to take place from 6 pm to 7pm EST on July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27. Those interested should email residency coordinator Tina Lee at with the date they would like to participate. All communication should come only from your institution-issued email address.


Details about requirements to register for matching at IU School of Medicine are available through the Office of GME.

The IU School of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Complete applications must include the following:

- ERAS application
- USMLE transcript
- Three letters of recommendation (standardized letters or narrative letters accepted)
- Medical school transcript
- Personal statement

The department offers two interview dates annually for non-IU School of Medicine students: one in December and one in January.

One interview date is offered to IUSM applicants in January. The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at IU School of Medicine is a competitive program that provides extensive clinical practice experience and surgical advancement in adult and pediatric orthopaedics. In addition to circulating between various rotations at Indianapolis hospitals, each resident completes a minimum of one research project during their residency training. Research proposals are presented to the research committee during the second quarter of the PGY 2 year, a project and faculty sponsor are identified, and the project carries through the PGY 3 and 4 years.

Residents are required to submit a publication-ready manuscript of their research by December of their fifth year of residency training.

Note: The research track resident will follow the same training as the five-year clinical track, but will spend one year after the PGY2 year conducting research within the lab. The research track resident will resume as a PGY3 clinical trainee after the research year.