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Residency Program

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Our residency program in orthopaedic surgery at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) offers seven positions each year. We rotate at five major institutions in the Chicago area and work with a large number of orthopaedic surgeons in all orthopaedic sub-specialties. Two of these institutions are level one trauma centers, one is the academic hospital here at the University of Illinois, and one is an Orthopedic only community hospital. An additional fifth educational site for our residency program is the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital where our fourth year residents receive some of their specialized pediatric instruction. By working in a variety of different settings residents develop flexibility and the ability to function efficiently in a variety of hospital systems and to care for a diverse patient population.

To supplement our residents’ vast surgical and clinical experience, we maintain a rich didactic program. Weekly conferences cover all topics in orthopaedics and include both resident and faculty lectures as well as many guest lecturers. Focus is placed on basic science, clinical, and current trends in orthopaedics, as well as the knowledge domains covered in the yearly orthopaedic in-training exam.

In addition to our educational experience, our residents are able to enjoy the great city of Chicago. Chicago offers everything from classic sporting venues (e.g. Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, and the United Center) to various festivals, street fairs, theatrical performances, culture events and an array of museums. Most of our residents live within the many neighborhoods throughout the city as well as the surrounding suburbs.

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We have 7 positions available each year through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Our program only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applicant’s applications will be reviewed by the Residency Program Committee.

Invites will be sent on Universal Offer Day on Monday, November 13, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Our interview dates are all Saturdays, December 09, 2023, January 6 and January 20, 2024. All dates are in-person interviews.

Application Requirements:

  1. Completed ERAS application
  2. Dean’s Letter
  3. USMLE Step 2 Scores are not required, but strongly encouraged.
  4. Personal Statement
  5.  At least 3 letters of recommendation. Standardized letter of recommendation and/or traditional narrative letters are both accepted.
  6. Graduation from medical school within the last 7 years.
  7. Deadline for Application is October 01, 2023.

International Applicants

Only applications received through ERAS will be considered, and applicants are required to be ECFMG certified. The University of Illinois Orthopaedics Program sponsors J-1 visas only.


If you have any further questions about the Orthopaedic Residency program please contact:

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