Dr. Doug Hanel

Dr. Douglas Hanel
Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Washington.

The University of Washington Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is a fully approved and accredited five year program which begins with the PGY-1 year. Most of our residents are selected during their senior year of medical school.  Candidates will be selected into the program through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) at the PGY-1 level.

We will be participating in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for the 2019 Match. Please contact your Student Affairs Office for processing procedures for ERAS applications.

There are eight PGY-1 positions for the 2019 Match.  Eight residents have been selected for each class since the 2004 match. This is not a pyramidal program and once a resident is accepted at the PGY-1 level, it is expected they will complete the program assuming satisfactory performance.

We require the Dean's letter and transcript from your medical school be submitted through ERAS. We request the AOA/CORD Standardized Letter of Recommendation (SLOR) Form be uploaded in ERAS by three references.  This AOA/CORD SLOR form replaces the narrative LOR.  A LOR may be attached to the form as a 2nd page but is NOT required (see Application Instructions).  Recommendations from senior orthopaedists are particularly helpful, but only if you are well known by that individual.  PLEASE NOTE:  Your Chair, Research PhD, or non-surgeons do not need to use the AOA/CORD SLOR form and are welcome to submit their narrative LOR in ERAS.  We will begin receiving applications on September 15, 2018. In order to assure a complete and timely review of your application, have all materials in by Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Our interviews are scheduled on Saturdays, January 26 and February 2, 2019.  We also have an interview date for UW medical students, the evening of Monday, December 3, 2018.

We attempt to select residents who are good doctors, who will be a pleasure to have in our program for five years, and who will reflect well on our program once they have completed it. Thus, in the applications and interviews, we are looking for evidence of clinical skills, personality and character, ability to work hard, and past achievements whether it be in medicine, research, athletics, the arts, or other fields. We are very proud of our program and want to continue to fill it with good people. If you are selected, you will be notified by email.

I hope this letter and the rest of the web site will answer most of your questions about the University of Washington Orthopaedic Residency Program.  I would be happy to answer any other questions if you would care to send them to me.

Please contact Angela Weiss, Residency Coordinator, at with any questions.

Thank you again for your interest.


Douglas P. Hanel, M.D., Professor
Director of Orthopaedic Education

The application deadline is October 31, 2018!