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Orthopaedic Surgery

Program Type: Military Medical Center

Location:  Tacoma, WA

Accredited:  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Program Length:   5 years

Required Pre-Requisite Training:  Graduation from Medical School; if PGY-1 year completed in another program, may apply to begin at the PGY-2 level

Categorical Year in Specialty Required:  No

Total Approved Complement:  15

Approved per Year (if applicable):  3

Dedicated research year offered:  No

Medical Student Rotation availability:  MS3 (USU Students only) and MS4

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH):  No

Program Phone Number:  253-968-0167 or 253-968-3121


Program Hours of Operation:   Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Program Description

The Madigan Army Medical Center Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is a five-year ACGME accredited program leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

We are located in the South Puget Sound Area, about one hour south of Seattle and 45 minutes south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Madigan Army Medical Center is the tertiary military treatment facility and provides care for all service members in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, serving nearly 300,000 active duty service members, their families, and retirees. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is home to I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing with both conventional active duty units as well as elements of the Special Operations communities. Washington is also a major force projection platform for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet at Bremerton, Bangor, Kitsap, Everett and Whidbey Island. Madigan is one of only two designated Level II trauma centers in Army Medicine and one of four in the state of Washington. We participate in a unique partnership called the “Tacoma Trauma Trust,” which was created to provide care to non-beneficiary trauma victims.

Our program is unique in that we provide the benefits of a larger academic program that represents all subspecialties but with more individualized mentorship and focused learning environment. In addition to our outstanding primary site rotations at Madigan, we are privileged to work and learn at the other premier regional facilities that are nationally and internationally acclaimed including Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane. All of our rotation sites are within the State of Washington, and includes community rotation sites at Overlake Medical Center, Tacoma General Hospital and UW Northwest Hospital.

The general structure of our program provides a balanced experience, and all orthopaedic sub-specialties are represented during the 5-year training program. We seek to assure that both our staff and our curriculum reflect equality amongst the orthopaedic sub-specialties. No sub-specialty is given priority over any other in terms of research funds, educational time, operating or clinic time. Balance among the major aspects of resident's education (clinical, surgical, didactic, and research) is paramount to training quality orthopedists. We recognize the value of orthopaedic research in providing our residents a more realistic perspective of orthopaedics and particularly, the rapid development and expansion of orthopaedic knowledge.

Our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program has consistently scored in the top 10% for all programs, military and civilian, across the country on the In-Training Examination for over the past decade. For the past 20 years, 100% of our graduating residents have passed Part 1 and Part 2 of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) certification examination. Additionally, MAMC Orthopaedic residents are in the 85-90th percentile annually for case numbers (over 1600 operative cases by graduation). Our residents graduate with a diverse, well-balanced education and are well prepared for a career as an Army Orthopaedic Surgeon.

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Contact Us

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Location: Madigan Army Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic, Medical Mall, 1st Floor

Hours of Operation:

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT

Phone: 253-968-0167

Alternate: 253-968-3121

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