Thank you for your interest in Columbia's Residency training program.
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons has earned a reputation as one of the leading academic orthopedic departments in the nation. Our rich tradition in orthopedic surgery dates back to 1866 when the New York Orthopaedic Dispensary — later renamed the New York Orthopaedic Hospital — opened its doors. Since that time, the department has grown into a preeminent center for quality patient care, research, and education.
The training of residents is one of our most important missions — and we are very proud that many of today’s leading orthopedic surgeons throughout the United States and abroad have trained here at Columbia. The excellence of our training program reflects the dedication of our faculty members, who combine their commitment to educating future leaders in the field of orthopedic surgery and their recognized expertise as clinicians and scientists. It is also an enormous advantage for all our residents to be trained in one of the nation’s leading medical centers, which has been named to U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll for best hospitals in the country.
Our five-year program, which participates in the National Residency Matching Program, has a total of 30 residents — six for each year — who spend a majority of their time at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia in northern Manhattan. The department encourages and supports all PG-5 residents' participation in an international orthopedics rotation of their choosing.
Along with extensive clinical experience, all of our residents participate in a wide variety of research, including a two-month research rotation. The department includes seven renowned research centers. Some residents, for example, undertake basic science research through our Center for Orthopedic Research (COR), which was established to develop breakthrough therapies in patient diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes. Clinical research is often conducted in close collaboration with other clinical departments and with the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Every year residents are given the opportunity to present their research projects at national meetings.
We invite you to learn more about our outstanding training program and encourage you to ask questions and discuss the program with our current residents.