Training & Education

orthopaedic surgery - training education

Exceptional preparation for future orthopaedic surgeons

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery offers exceptional training opportunities for trainees in all stages of medical education including medical students, residents and fellows.

Training Hospitals

Orthopaedic surgery training is centered at five affiliated medical centers:

Keck Hospital of USC
Los Angeles General Medical Center
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
Kaiser-Permanente Baldwin Park

Residency Program

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program provides an excellent educational experience for residents that draws upon the outstanding resources of five affiliated medical institutions in the Los Angeles area. Residents receive a comprehensive education in musculoskeletal care and extensive exposure to all areas of orthopaedic surgery including:

  • Adult reconstructive surgery and total joint replacement
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Musculoskeletal oncology
  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Trauma

The Orthopaedic Department has developed one of the most comprehensive didactic educational programs in the nation that includes a core curriculum, weekly subspecialty conferences, Journal Club, Grand Rounds, and an evidence based research conference. In addition, one resident per year has the opportunity to spend a year doing laboratory research after the PGY-2 year.

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Fellowship Programs

Fellowships in hand surgery, sports medicine, spine, joint and orthopaedic trauma offer specialized training and intensive clinical and research experience.

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Medical Student Clerkships

Trauma clerkships are available for students interested in spending four weeks with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s busy trauma service at Los Angeles General Medical Center.

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Fourth year medical students interested in doing a sub-internship/clerkship in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery spend 2 weeks on one of the adult elective services at Keck Hospital of USC and 2 weeks on the trauma or hand services at Los Angeles General Medical Center. Juliann Kwak Lee, MD supervises this sub-internship program.