Program Overview

The University of Washington, Orthopaedic Residency Experience

Harborview Medical Center

The University of Washington Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine offers a broad-based residency program covering the full range of orthopaedics and sports medicine. Eight residents for each of five years have the opportunity to work with over thirty full-time faculty in this busy clinical and academic department. Our residency experience is entirely in Seattle, utilizing the first-rate facilities at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle Children's Hospital, the Veteran's Medical Center, the University of Washington Medical Center, the University of Washington Sports Medicine Center and the Virginia Mason Medical Center. The U.S. News and World Report consistently designate the orthopaedic services at both Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center as two of the best Orthopaedic Services in the western half of the country.

The clinical components of our residency are firmly rooted in medical centers dedicated to teaching in the context of excellence in patient care. Harborview Medical Center is the region’s premier level one trauma center. It is also the site of the region’s premier foot and ankle program and the UW Medicine's Sports and Spine Center. The University of Washington Medical Center with the Roosevelt Bone and Joint Surgery Center is the region’s center of academic reconstructive orthopaedic surgery. The Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System is the center of major joint reconstruction, spine surgery, hand surgery and tumor surgery for veterans. Seattle Children’s Hospital is the site of the leading pediatric orthopaedic program in the northwest.

UW Medical Center

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is the home of one of the largest sarcoma programs in the country. Virginia Mason Medical Center provides exposure to private orthopaedic practice. This foundation allows our program to enjoy substantial growth. The UW Sports Medicine Center, situated within the athletic training complex and stadium, provides state-of-the-art care to UW's 700 varsity student-athletes. In addition, it is the preeminent referral center for the University and greater-Seattle community and the only academic sports medicine program in the northwest. The East Side Specialty Center provides clinic access for those individuals living on the east side of Lake Washington. The Regional Hand Center at Roosevelt is prospering along with its immediately adjacent outpatient operating rooms. The Spine Surgery Center, a collaborative program with Neurosurgery, is also based out of the Roosevelt Bone and Joint Surgery Center. Our affiliation with Puget Sound Spine and Sports Medicine facilitates patient access to services offered by the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). The UWMC Surgical Pavilion is an ambulatory surgery center with state-of-the art operating rooms and equipment. Each of these centers provides a unique and high-quality educational experience.