Orthopaedic Residency Overview

The University of Kentucky Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is a five-year, fully accredited program.

The first year of the program is dedicated to an orthopaedic internship, rotating at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Interns are assigned to six monthly Orthopaedic rotations, with the remaining six months fulfilling program requirements. These rotations include the Emergency Department, Plastic Surgery, Diagnostic Radiology, General Surgery Trauma, Surgical ICU, and Surgical Simulation. Residents in years two through five follow a program entirely within Orthopaedic Surgery.  Rotations for the PGY2-5 residents are ten-weeks and include Orthopaedic Trauma, Hand, Sports Medicine, Research, and a combined Recon service incorporating Oncology, Spine and Foot/Ankle. Additionally, the residents serve two rotations at the Lexington Shriner’s Hospital for Children and two Reconstructive rotations at the Veterans Hospital which are physically connected to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. In addition to these rotations, serving within our own Sports Medicine service enhances the resident experience. UK Sports Medicine is the primary sports medicine provider to several area athletic and professional teams. 

Resident rotations are scheduled to improve the educational experience. Residents currently serve minimal in-house call in addition to night float during their PGY2 and PGY3 years, and home call during PGY4 and PGY5 years. Their on-call scheduling is regularly every third night or less frequent with one day off in seven and do not work more than 24 hours. Each resident also receives ten hours off free from all clinical duties.

Throughout their residency, residents are required to devote time to basic science including anatomical laboratory dissection, orthopaedic pathology, biomechanics, statistical analysis, and study design. 

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery pays all resident expenses to attend approved educational meetings if the resident is scheduled to present a paper that was selected by presentation of an abstract. Time off of clinical care responsibilities is made available. Additionally, the Department allots residents a yearly book stipend. 

The residency program has regularly scheduled teaching conferences that take place on weekday mornings as well as Friday afternoons and is attended by all orthopaedic faculty and residents. These conferences include the Fracture Conference, Basic Science, Grand Rounds Lectureship, and Hand/Sports specialty conferences. Residents also take part in a monthly Quality Assurance review, as well as bi-monthly Program Director’s meeting. At the Shriner’s Hospital, teaching conferences are held several days each week, providing residents an abundant experience with reconstructive pediatric orthopaedics.

Also included on the monthly academic calendar are once a month educational JBJS and specialty journal review meetings, required for all residents. 

In conclusion, the University of Kentucky Orthopaedic Residency is an excellent educational experience in the complete spectrum of clinical orthopaedics. The program has and is making constant strides in Basic Science research. Strengths of our program are an abundant exposure to a large volume of Sports Medicine, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Adult Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma cases, and a dedicated Research rotation. Our residents see a large volume of patients requiring both inpatient and outpatient service.