Orthopedics Surgery Residency

The Orthopedic Surgery program at Valley Hospital Medical Center is a five-year continuum of organized and progressive training. The program provides both scope and volume of didactic and clinical experiences, enabling residents to become proficient in the examination, diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic patients. Osteopathic principles and practices, as they relate to orthopedics, will be integrated at all points in the training continuum. Patient safety and care are of the utmost importance as residents train to become competent practitioners who will be successful in board certification, and remain lifelong learners.

Two residents are admitted annually for a total of 10 residents. Valley Hospital Medical Center is the home institution, with 301 beds, a new surgery department with 11 operating rooms, a new PACU with 20 beds and a new Outpatient Surgery area with 18 bays.

It is strongly recommended that interested candidates have a rotation in Orthopedics at Valley Hospital. Please see the Student Rotation Request Form.

Educational Program

As with the clinical rotations, the educational program is progressive as the resident advances through the training program.

Required Courses

Residents will complete the following courses during their residency:

  • OGME 2: Basic Fracture Course and ATLS course
  • OGME 3: Orthopedic Pathology Course
  • OGME 4: Attendance at AOAO Annual Postgraduate Seminar or AOAO Annual Meeting
  • OGME 5: Board Review Course

Home Study

Residents will complete the Orthopedic Knowledge Update Home Study (OKU)


OGME 1 residents will be required to attend the didactics created for all interns, comprised of Morning Report and daily noon lectures. Additionally, they will be required to attend all orthopedic specific didactics that do not interfere with their rotation/call responsibilities.

Protected didactics are held one afternoon per week to include basic sciences relating to Orthopedics, clinical lectures, demonstrations, X-ray reviews, literature reviews and Journal Club. Lectures will be presented regularly by residents as well as faculty and guest lecturers.

Rotation Schedule


  • Internal Medicine (one month will be night medicine) – 2 months
  • Emergency Medicine – 1 month
  • Family Medicine – 1 month
  • General Orthopedics – 3 months
  • General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Wound/Plastics – 2 months electives
  • Electives from approved electives list – 3 months


  • Hand surgery – 3 months
  • Ortho Oncology – 3 months
  • General Orthopedics – 6 months


  • Pediatric Orthopedics – 6 months
  • Adult Hospital Orthopedics - 6 months


  • Trauma - 3 months
  • General Orthopedics - 6 months
  • Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy - 2 months
  • Elective - 1 month


  • General Orthopedics - 6 months
  • Spine - 3 months
  • Foot and ankle - 1 month
  • Electives - 2 months

Approved Electives:

  • General orthopedic surgery
  • Foot and ankle
  • Hand
  • Hip and knee
  • Shoulder and elbow
  • Spine
  • Sports medicine
  • Pediatrics or pediatric orthopedics
  • Anesthesiology
  • Radiology
  • Pain management
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Physical medicine & rehabilitation

Continuity Clinic

Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine provides three clinics with 20 exam rooms, radiology and therapy services. Residents will be scheduled into the clinic on a regular basis throughout their training.

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Valley Hospital Medical Center is owned and operated by a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc.(UHS), a King of Prussia, PA-based company, that is one of the largest healthcare management companies in the nation.         

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Las Vegas, NV 89106

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