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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at UPMC in Central Pa.

*COVID-19 update for the 2024 Medical Student Rotation Season: At this time, we are still allowing students to participate in on-site rotations through our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. However, due to limited PPE and social distancing requirements across all campuses, we are limiting the number of students on-site at one time. Student rotations are either 2-weeks or 4-weeks. Please fill out a rotation application here.

UPMC in Central Pa.'s five-year Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program has continued accreditation by ACGME and AOA accreditation. Our program accepts applications for both osteopathic and allopathic candidates. We provide outstanding surgical training in orthopaedics to 25 residents.

Our program has been creating outstanding orthopaedic surgeons since 1972.

Our Mission

Our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program mission is to provide residents with the highest level of academic and clinical education possible, motivation, and the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to become an outstanding orthopaedic surgeon.

With proper mentorship and experiences structured to meet ACGME requirements, our program aims to foster an attitude of lifelong learning and teaching while providing compassionate and quality care. The UPMC in Central Pa. Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program maintains the highest ethical standards and develops each resident with the ability to practice competently and independently.

About Our Residency

Our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program goes beyond satisfying the basic training requirement for future certification in orthopaedic surgery through the AOA via the American Osteopathic Board of Ortho and/or American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition to learning about the many facets of general orthopaedics, you will also receive training in a number of specialty areas, including:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Hand and Upper Extremity
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Orthopaedic Spine
  • Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement
  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedic Oncology

You will also receive training in outpatient orthopaedics at our on-site orthopaedic clinic, which is run by residents and supervised by the attending orthopaedic surgeon. The clinic sees patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Because UPMC in Central Pa is one of the largest community health systems in Pennsylvania, we have developed a number of affiliations that will allow you to do rotations at major tertiary care facilities, including:

  • Pediatric Orthopaedics- Children's health care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, Atlanta, GA
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Orthopaedic Trauma- UPMC Presbyterian, Pittsburgh, PA
  • MSK & Plastics- Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Because of the high-quality training provided by UPMC in Central Pa, outstanding residency faculty, our residents have been successful in obtaining fellowships at prestigious institutions over the past 15 years, including:

Adult Reconstruction

  • Harvard University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Cleveland Clinic - Florida
  • Florida Orthopaedic Institute 
  • Hedley Orthopaedic Institute - Arizona
  • Arizona Institute for Bone and Joint Surgery
  • Carilion Clinic - Virginia
  • The CORE Institute
  • Allegheny General Hospital
  • Rubin Institute for Advanced Orthopedics
  • University of Kentucky
  • North Shore University Hospital - New York

Adult Orthopaedic Spine

  • Johns Hopkins
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Rochester
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Cedars Sinai
  • Duke University
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Virginia

Sports Medicine

  • Orthopaedic Research of Virginia
  • University of Southern Florida
  • Hahnemann University
  • Boston University
  • Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Orthopaedic Trauma

  • Grant Medical Center - Ohio
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Hand and Upper Extremity

  • California Pacific Orthopaedics
  • Syracuse University
  • SUNY Upstate
  • Well Span Health

Foot and Ankle

  • University of Pittsburgh

Pediatric Orthopaedics

  • Scottish Rite Hospital - Atlanta, GA
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Application Requirements

To be considered for the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, you must apply through ERAS by October 21. You will be contacted by phone or email to schedule your interview, between November and January.

To be considered for an interview in orthopaedics, we strongly encourage that you do an orthopaedic surgery rotation at our UPMC in central Pa. campuses. The clerkship program allows our staff to get to know you and learn about your strengths, weaknesses, motivations and suitability for residency.

Contact Information

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Carlin Luz
UPMC Community Osteopathic
4300 Londonderry Road Harrisburg, PA 17109
Phone: 717-657-7525
Fax: 717-657-7555
If you have a schedule change, please contact Carlin Luz at as soon as possible. Thank you.

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