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Department of Orthopedics

Department of Orthopedics

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




Byron Ellis

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Not a lot of young people make it out of the housing project in Los Angeles where Byron Ellis grew up. Few manage to stay out of gangs, out of trouble, and on track with school to earn a chance to attend college. But in June 2015, Byron began the first of his five years as a resident with the CU Orthopedic Surgery Program. 



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