Advising Meeting

Wed. ~ Jan. 18, 2017
at 4:00 p.m.

Ortho Resident’s Office, Medical Park 2

Orthopaedic Surgery

Faculty Advisor to Senior Students


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Albert W. Pearsall, IV, MD
Professor, Interim Residency Program Director

Informal Description of the Clinical Discipline

Orthopaedic surgery focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of injured, deformed or diseased parts of the musculoskeletal system.  Specialists in this field employ medicine, surgery and physical rehabilitation to restore normal function.  Orthopaedic surgeons may engage in a broad practice or may focus on a narrower area of interest, such as hand, sports medicine, adult reconstruction, spine, foot and ankle, pediatrics, or trauma.

Specialists treat patients of all ages and both sexes, mostly on a short-term basis.  Because many of their patients have been involved in accidents, orthopaedic surgeons often devote time to assessing disability in legal actions.

Orthopaedic surgeons are mechanically minded, fascinated by tools and gadgets, and enjoy “fixing things”.  They find satisfaction in their ability to attain good results relatively quickly and believe their work is fun, challenging, worthwhile, and demanding.  Orthopaedics is a dynamic field with constant updating of techniques and equipment.   

Orthopaedics is an extremely competitive specialty.  It is difficult for students in the lower 50% of their class to match in orthopaedic surgery.  It is also important for students to have good board scores.

Upon completion of residency training, orthopaedists may choose to practice general orthopaedics or sub-specialize.  There are numerous choices of orthopaedic sub-specialty fellowships, and good residents are very likely to attain a fellowship position in their sub-specialty field of interest

Currently, there are a variety of orthopaedics practice opportunities in almost any area of the country.  Income may vary by region, but it is almost always lucrative.

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