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We admit 5 residents per year; 4 are in a 5-year residency program and 1 is in a 6-year residency program that allows 1 year for research. These have different Match numbers. All 5 resident spots are in the Match.
The curriculum for graduate medical education in Orthopaedics is divided into basic science objectives and clinical skills. However, these categories are not mutually exclusive and there are a number of areas of overlap. The educational program is presented in lecture and seminar formats, interactive bioskills labs and courses of intensive concentration.
The Core Curriculum lecture series includes weekly basic science and clinical science lectures and seminars. The Core consist of three hours of didactic lectures each week, as well as daily trauma conferences and a daily rotating schedule of Foot and Ankle, Spine and Reconstructive Surgery conferences are held. Fracture conference is held weekly along with hand conference.
Research opportunities are available within the Department of Orthopaedics as well as in collaboration with other departments in the Medical Center. A formal research thesis suitable for publication is required of all residents to be presented at the end of the PGY-5 year.
The core rotations within the Orthopedics Department require specific objectives for the following specialties:
The University of Massachusetts Orthopaedic Surgery Residency participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP). Each year UMass receives well over 400 applications from medical students across the country and invite 45 qualified candidates for interview over two days, which include a Friday night dinner and formal interviews on Saturday morning. There are four first-year residents (PGY-1's) with two in the five-year track and two in the six-year track which includes one year of academic research after the internship year.
All applications will be handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and no other information other than what is required by ERAS is needed. A minimum of three letters of recommendation. The dealine for completed applications is November 1, 2010.
Salaries are competitive with other programs. As of July 1, 2010 the following salary scale will be in effect at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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