Orthopaedic Surgery


Raffi Avedian, MD

Residency Director

James Huddleston, MD

Director of Resident Education

The goal of the orthopaedic residency program at Stanford is to produce orthopaedic surgeons who are technically competent, interested in the overall well-being of their patients, and knowledgeable of the literature in the field of orthopaedic surgery. In addition, we hope to stimulate interest in solving clinical and basic science problems in the field of orthopaedic surgery and have our residents become leaders in the field.

To accomplish this, resident learning is stimulated by contact with patients and with questions and guidance from attending faculty members. They are required to give seminars in basic science and to produce, at the end of their training period, evidence of some creative endeavor, either a paper on a basic science subject or a clinical project. Hopefully, they will develop patterns of life-long learning about the field of orthopaedic surgery, as well as an interest in making contributions to this field of knowledge.

The Orthopaedic Residency Program at Stanford University is a five-year comprehensive program. In the first year, the resident partakes in a surgical internship, including eight months of general surgical experience, pediatric surgery, surgical intensive care, emergency medicine, vascular and plastic surgery rotations. The final four months are spent in orthopedic surgery.

For more information on the PGY I Surgical Internship, visit the Department of Surgery's Residency Web site.

The two following years comprise the junior residency, with rotations at the Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, VA Palo Alto and the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The Stanford University Medical Center rotations provides in-depth dedicated experience to traumatology, adult reconstruction, sports medicine, upper extremity surgery including hand surgery, foot and ankle surgery, and pediatric orthopaedics. Rotations at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center provides the resident with the "county" experience with broad exposure to traumatology, adult reconstruction, pediatric orthopaedics, spine, and sports medicine.

The PGY IV year is completely a subspecialty year, with rotations in pediatric orthopaedics, adult reconstruction surgery, tumor, spine, and upper extremity surgery at the Stanford University Hospital and Clinics and Children's Hospital. The PGY IV takes on graduated responsibility by taking chief call along with the chief residents in preparation for the PGY V year.

The PGY V year is spent as a chief resident year with rotations at the Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, the VA and at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. The chief resident endeavors to fulfill the role of "junior faculty" with supervision of the attending faculty and is involved in the decision making for patient care, surgical planning, and administrative duties for the various rotations. During the course of the residency, dedicated research time is provided to pursue scientific research endeavors.

Stanford University Hospital and Clinics


Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, Redwood City

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

To Apply:

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery uses the ERAS application process and does not send or accept applications by mail. We have four positions (PGY I) available each year through the match. The closing date for our program is November 1st. We require three letters of recommendation. We accept the ERAS application package with no additional materials required. Contact the Dean's Office of your graduating medical school for more specific information about the ERAS application process or visit their Web site.

For more information, please contact:

Karen Denny
Residency Coordinator

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
450 Broadway Street, Pavilion C
Redwood City, CA 94063-6342
Office: (650) 721-7638
Fax: (650) 721-3470

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