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Welcome to the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at UMass Medical School. For more than 40 years, we’ve maintained a proud tradition of training outstanding orthopedic clinicians and leaders. Our founding chair, Arthur Pappas, M.D. admitted the first patient to UMass Memorial Medical Center in 1974. UMass Memorial Health Care is the preeminent health care system in Central Massachusetts, and our institution includes a Level I Trauma Center, a children’s medical center, three main campuses and an ambulatory surgery center. 

Under the guidance of our chair, David Ayers, M.D., the training program and the orthopedic department have seen tremendous growth in patients seen, surgical volume, research funding and productivity. 

Our program is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. We have five residents per year, with four accepted into traditional five-year positions and one accepted into a six-year position that includes a year of research following internship. There are two separate National Residency Match Program numbers. 

Our intern year includes six months of orthopedics along with one month of general surgery, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, one surgical intensive care month and a month on the medical co-management service. Our four years of orthopedic training are comprehensive with exposure to all orthopedic subspecialties. All training is completed at UMass Memorial Health Care, our clinical partner.

All residents must complete a comprehensive publication-quality research project as a requirement for graduation. A faculty committee guides this process starting in the PGY-2 year. Residents are encouraged to present their research and are given the necessary time-off and financial support. 

Our educational program consists of a two-year rotating didactic schedule with protected time on Friday mornings as well as daily trauma conferences, journal clubs, indication conferences, grand rounds, and morbidity and mortality conferences. Junior residents attend the AO Basic Course and the Boston Pathology Course. Senior residents attend the academy meeting and board review courses. 

We encourage you take a few minutes to look at our website and learn more about our program. Please contact Michelle Auger, Resident Program Coordinator at 774-442-4262 or with questions or additional information. 


David C. Ayers, MD  

The Arthur M. Pappas. MD, Professor and Chair

Department of Orthopedics & Physical Rehabilitation


UMass Memorial Medical Center


Nicola A. DeAngelis, MD

​Director, Orthopedic Residency Program 

Associate Professor of Orthopedics & Physical Rehabilitation

University of Massachusetts Medical School