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Orthopaedic Surgery

Program Type:  Military Medical Center

Location:  San Diego, California

Accredited:  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Program Length:   5 years

Required Pre-Requisite Training:  Graduation from Medical School

Categorical Year in Specialty Required:  Yes

Total Approved Complement:  25

Approved per Year (if applicable):  5

Dedicated research year offered:  No

Medical Student Rotation availability:  Yes:  MS3s, MS4s

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

Program Phone Number:  619-532-8452

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Program Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Program Description

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program at Naval Medical Center San Diego is the largest Orthopaedic Residency program in the U.S. Navy. The residency has a rich tradition of producing outstanding Orthopaedic Surgeons who have gone on to become leaders in the military and civilian Orthopaedic community. Located in Balboa Park in the heart of San Diego, NMCSD is a tertiary referral center and teaching hospital.

Orthopaedic residents rotate through every sub-specialty Orthopaedic service at NMCSD during the 5-year program. They also rotate at local and regional hospitals. During their PGY-2 year, residents rotate at the world-renowned Rady Children’s Hospital and nearby University of California San Diego. As a PGY-3, they again complete an Orthopaedic trauma rotation at UCSD and a joints rotation at Sharp. During their PGY-4 year, they rotate at Denver Health and complete a spine surgery rotation at the San Diego Spine Foundation. As a PGY-5, they gain additional major joints reconstruction at Sharp and a trauma/shoulder rotation at Kaiser.

The Orthopaedic department has a productive research department that allows residents ample opportunity to publish high quality research during their residency. Approximately one-third of all current IRB projects in the entire Navy’s Western Pacific medical facilities are generated from NMCSD’s Orthopaedic department. Residents also benefit from NMCSD being a combat casualty tertiary care facility and the only amputee center in the Western Pacific. Graduates go on to serve as Navy Orthopaedic surgeons in a variety of locations throughout the world. Many graduates go on to receive additional sub-specialty fellowship training at premier institutions. Over the past few years, graduates have gone on to fellowships at institutions such as Massachusetts General Sports, the Rothman Institute, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Duke University, the Steadman-Philippon Research Institute, Carolinas Medical Center, and Denver Children’s Hospital.

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Contact Us

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

Location: Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic, Building 1, 1st Floor (next to McDonalds and the Galley)

Hours of Operation:

7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phone: 619-532-8452

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