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Orthopaedic Residency Program

Program Background

Since 1887, the orthopaedic residency program at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has prospered, setting the standard for orthopaedic resident training all over the country. In 1972, as the Department of Orthopaedics at HSS was reorganized into numerous subspecialty services, the orthopaedic residency program began to assume a distinctly modern character. Just one year in duration at its inception nearly a century ago, the residency program was now four years in length. It grew in scope, as well as in sheer numbers, offering 32 postgraduate positions. The number of one-year fellowship appointments expanded as well. The residency program at Hospital for Special Surgery was expanded to five years, to include one year in general surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. For this uniquely challenging five-year period, Hospital for Special Surgery residents are immersed in all aspects of musculoskeletal disease. Not only do the residents become adept at every type of orthopaedic procedure; they also master the patient relations skills that are at the heart of the practice of humanistic medicine.

Upon completion of the residency program, Hospital for Special Surgery graduates are prepared to take their talents and expertise to top academic medical centers and hospitals all over the country. The five-year residency program in orthopaedic surgery includes three months in general surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital during the PGY-1 year. The HSS residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). There are currently 44 residents in the orthopaedic program. HSS matches nine first-year residents (PGY-1s). 

About Hospital for Special Surgery

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is an elective surgery hospital located on the Upper East Side of New York City. Hospital for Special Surgery is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Medical College of Cornell University and serves as the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Division of Rheumatology for both institutions. The Hospital's large Outpatient Department includes more than 20 specialty clinics weekly, focusing on children, cerebral palsy, sports medicine, trauma, arthritis, and scoliosis, as well as on treating problems of the hip, foot, hand, spine and knee. Learn more about why HSS is a national leader in Orthopaedic Surgery.


In addition to appointments at HSS, the residents rotate through orthopaedic services at affiliated hospitals. These include NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, which offers a Fracture Service with an active Emergency Room, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, which maintains an active Bone Tumor Service. They also spend time at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in the Orthopaedic Trauma Service, as well as the Orthopaedic Service at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital. All of these ancillary orthopaedic services are affiliated with and are under the direction of the Hospital for Special Surgery Orthopaedic Program.


Contact Information:
For more information about the Orthopaedic Residency Program at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact:

Academic Training
Hospital for Special Surgery
535 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212.606.1466
Fax: 212.606.1477

Email: AcademicTraining@hss.edu