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CU Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

On behalf of the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, thank you for your interest in our program!

*IMPORTANT UPDATE - Beginning with the 2017 Match, the program will offer a six-year research track geared towards those applicants who are interested in completing a dedicated year of scholarly activity. The goal of this track is to successfully​ train and mentor physicians with the background, interest, and potential to become clinician scientists. The program will continue to match six applicants into the five-year clinical program with the addition of one applicant into the six-year research program as a separate match designation. Applicants interested in the track should apply to the University of Colorado program through ERAS.

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery is an integrated, full-service department offering extensive experience in inpatient, outpatient, emergency, and operative orthopedic education. The orthopedic surgery residency program is approved for six residents at the PGY-1 level. In this 60-month program, 54 months are completed in orthopedic surgery while six months during the first year are completed in surgery, musculos​keletal radiology, rheumatology, and PM&R. The residency training occurs across several Denver metropolitan hospitals including University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Health, the VA, and Children's Hospital Colorado​. These hospitals represent a diverse patient population in terms of pathology and socioeconomic background.​

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery is deeply committed to educating professional, ethical and competent clinicians and scientists and creating a diverse environment that fosters excellence and rewarding opportunities for our residents.


Michael Dayton, MD
Residency Program Director