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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program: Structure and Curriculum

With five residents per class, the University of Chicago Orthopaedic Residency program is a 25 resident program. Our department has eight orthopaedic subspecialty services including: foot and ankle, shoulder, sports medicine, spine, pediatrics, hand and upper extremity, musculoskeletal oncology, and joint reconstruction. Our curriculum is organized through these subspecialties and teams of residents are assigned to each service.

Our surgical skills training lab hones the motor skills necessary for all types of procedures, and rotations on subspecialty services in 1:1 resident-to-attending ratio offer ample surgical case volume to provide hands-on training.

Research and Scholastic Activities

Our program provides great opportunities for clinical or lab based research. There is a dedication rotation, at the PGY4 level, that provides protected time for research, and our Molecular Oncology Lab welcomes resident projects that leverage its cutting edge research.

Laros Library

Laros Library

On October 14, 1994 a resident library was dedicated as a permanent memorial to the life and work of Gerald S. Laros, MD. Dr. Laros made valuable contributions to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Chicago during his years as Professor and Section Chief.

He died suddenly on September 20, 1992 in Durham, North Carolina at the age of 62. His premature death was a tremendous loss to the field of orthopaedic surgery and deeply saddened those who had the privilege of working with him and knowing him as a friend.

Those who knew Dr. Laros knew how much he loved teaching and his concern for his students, residents, and faculty. It was felt that the best tribute to him would be one that commemorated his commitment to education. Establishing the Laros Library, and the Annual Gerald S. Laros Memorial Visiting Professor, has helped to continue his commitment to education and to advancing the educational mission of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine.  

General Block Schedule

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General Block Schedule (PGY1-PGY5)


An advantageous feature of our program is the integration of two Advanced Practitioner Nurses and a Physician’s Assistant. Patient care is supported by our APNs and PA who assist in the inpatient management, outpatient clinic and operating room.

  • In-house night and weekend call is covered by the PGY2’s. The schedule is typically Q5, with some variance due to vacations and conferences.
  • At-home call is covered by the PGY4’s and PGY5’s currently on rotation at UCMC and the call schedule averages about Q6.

Professional Conferences

Our program strongly encourages resident participation in and attendance at outside conferences. Each year (PGY2-PGY5) our residents attend a program sponsored conference. Below is a listing of the current year conferences each year will be attending.

  • PGY2 – AO Fracture course
  • PGY3 – OTA Comprehensive Fracture Course for Residents
  • PGY4 – University of Chicago Musculoskeletal Clinicopathologic Seminar
  • PGY5 – AAOS annual meeting

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Contact Us

Inquiries about the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program may be directed to:
Annie Detrick
Education Coordinator
(773) 834-2858