The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Indiana University offers prospective resident candidates a broad spectrum of Orthopaedic experience in a five-year program.  The residents rotate at Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, St. Vincent Hospital, Methodist Sports Medicine Center, IU Health North Hospital, IU Health West Hospital, Methodist Medical Plaza South, and the Indiana Spine Group.

Objective of Residency Program

Prepare physicians for the independent practice of clinical and academic Orthopaedic Surgery:

  • Focus on clinical skills and compassionate patient care
  • Achievement of professional competencies
  • Acquisition of medical knowledge
  • Achievement of scholarly activity through research

Goal of Residency Program

Provide an organized program of education in Orthopaedic Surgery through:

  • Providing the resources and leadership needed to achieve educational pre-eminence
  • Provide an environment which will facilitate the professional, ethical, and scholarly achievement of each individual while providing outstanding patient care and service excellence
  • Provide an environment which will perpetuate the curricular requirements for scholarly activity and general competencies
  • Conduct regular assessments of the quality of the curriculum and the educational activities to assure that general competencies are being met and the monitoring of those competencies achieves the purpose of advancing the education of the resident
  • Foster an environment for the faculty to achieve and excel in research, clinical care, and education
  • Assume the responsibility to develop, cultivate, and maintain the reputation of excellence in order to continue to attract the highest caliber residents and faculty

The educational goals and objectives are predicated on the six core competencies, as directed by the ACGME:


  • Able to perform clinical evaluations and appropriate documentation
  • Surgical/non surgical decision making
  • Evaluation and interpretation of laboratory tests and imaging studies
  • Surgical techniques including those specific to each sub-specialty
  • Recognizes and institutes initial therapies for emergency and life threatening situations
  • Understands the principles of relieving pain and decreasing suffering of patients


  • Core subspecialty information
    • Classic journal articles
    • Appropriate textbooks/textbook chapters
    • Conferences
    • Pathogenesis of disease
    • Principles of health maintenance and disease prevention
    • Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, and differential diagnosis
    • Relevant pharmacology and therapeutics
    • Basic concepts of risk management in medical practice
    • Use of the scientific method in establishing the causation of diseases and the efficacy of traditional or non traditional therapies


  • Practices ethical conduct at all times
  • Accepts responsibility for patient care
  • Learns to be an advocate at all times for the interest of patients
  • Displays behaviors that foster and reward patients' trust
  • Demonstrates a commitment to service of patients in need


  • Writes prescriptions accurately and clearly
  • Makes appropriate use of psychosocial and other resources to maximize patient care
  • Ability to work with different members of the health care delivery team
  • Demonstrates knowledge of STARK, HCFA and HIPAA regulation
  • Provides cost effective care with an awareness of third party payer involvement
  • Discharges patients in a timely and appropriate manner


  • Comprehends principles of office notes, surgical dictation, hospital records and their role in patient care, reimbursement, and medical-legal affairs
  • Uses information technology to access and manage clinical information
  • Evaluates and critically reviews scientific evidence appropriate to the care of individual patients
  • Identifies errors in medicine and basic strategies to reduce medical errors
  • Appreciates the need for patient confidentiality and exhibits behavior consistent with this end


  • Uses effective communication skills including explanations, questioning, and writing skills
  • Elicits and records a complete history
  • Uses appropriate skills and strategies for communicating during difficult situations
  • Respects the rights of all patients to make informed decisions
  • Understands how family, culture, and religious beliefs can influence health care decisions
  • Uses appropriate techniques for collaborating with and teaching fellow residents and other health care professionals
  • Acknowledges and seeks assistance and counsel when needed

The Orthopaedic faculty is committed to the development of each individual in Orthopaedics to the maximum of that individual's potential. In this setting, both community practice and academic positions are available to our graduate so that they may fully realize their personal goals.

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