Department of Orthopaedics
Undergraduate Medical Program
As part of the basic surgical clerkship, general principles of orthopaedic surgery are taught and students are introduced to fracture recognition and management, orthopaedic reconstructive surgery, and common outpatient conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system. Students electing a clinical rotation during the clerkship participate in patient diagnosis, treatment, and operative procedures. They receive practical instruction in the use and application of various splints and casting techniques. Student conferences and didactic sessions are conducted to supplement the division's intensive academic program.
Senior students may participate in 1-month electives during which they obtain internship-level clinical and surgical experience. The elective is offered on each of the University Hospital services and at the Shock Trauma Center. Students participate in weekly orthopaedic conferences and seminars. Each of the senior electives is under the direction of a full-time member of the orthopaedic faculty.
The Department of Orthopaedics offers an accredited 4-year residency program. Clinical and surgical experiences are obtained on the foot, hand, tumor, and chronic spine services at the University Hospital. Experience with major trauma and spinal injury is obtained at the Shock Trauma Center. The pediatric orthopaedic service is based at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute. An intensive academic program in basic science and clinical orthopaedic surgery has been developed for resident education. Each resident has a mandatory research assignment. Our Department also offers Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited trauma and spine fellowships.
Watch Katelyn's Story:
The Department of Orthopaedics is saving and changing lives for the better every day, providing state-of the-art trauma and orthopaedic care. This video is the story of Katelyn Mitchell, who was in danger of losing a leg following a terrible car accident. Luckily, she was rushed to the University of Maryland for her care.
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