Program Overview - What Makes us Unique?

The word that best characterizes the Orthopaedic training program at the University of Rochester is "balance." The residents are exposed to every subspecialty area of orthopaedics and complex tertiary care level cases, but also experience the general practice setting of common orthopaedic problems in a community based hospital. There is an enormous volume of clinical material, with over 140,000 outpatient visits and 8,000 surgical procedures annually, but also an outstanding didactic program and the scientific infrastructure with a high-powered research faculty to provide a scientific context for our clinical orthopaedic patient care.

The program includes every subspecialty in Orthopaedics, including areas such as foot and ankle, metabolic bone disease, physical medicine and rehabilitation, oncology, shoulder and elbow, which are often lacking in many training programs. We even have a unique orthopaedic-plastic surgery division, with double-boarded plastic/orthopaedic surgeons. The Geriatric Fracture Center at Highland Hospital is renowned for innovation and excellence in treating bone fractures in elderly patients. The Center is complemented by an extremely high volume level 1 trauma service, the only one in our region, at Strong Memorial Hospital. We have an outstanding and very busy Golisano Children's Hospital, which is a distinct pediatric hospital within Strong Memorial Hospital, and provides the only pediatric orthopaedic services in the region. We feel we have a program with truly no gaps in clinical or scientific training, with a state-of-the-art Medical Center environment. Our educational mission is to train orthopaedic surgeons who are technically extremely proficient across the breadth of orthopaedic surgeries, who have been exposed to every possible aspect of musculoskeletal disease and its non-surgical and surgical management, but who also have a fundamental understanding of the basic science behind what we do as clinicians.

Rochester also provides outstanding balance outside of work, with affordable housing and outstanding schools and cultural offerings. Rochester has big city advantages with a multitude of sophisticated shopping, dining, entertainment, and outdoor recreational opportunities, but the easy access, friendliness, and cost effectiveness of a smaller city. These features enable our program to offer one of the most well rounded educational experiences in an environment that is a also a wonderful place to live and work.