Residency Details

Ortho Residents at Arthroscopy Boot Camp with Ortho faculty member

The information below will answer many of your questions about the Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation residency program. Expand the sections to learn about how to apply to the program and what to expect during the interview process. See the curricula and learn specifics about rotation, the call schedule and more. There is even a list of fellowship programs of past residents.

How to apply

OHSU participates in the Association of American Medical Colleges Electronic Residency Application Service. Applications must be submitted electronically through the ERAS system by November 1 to be considered. Please contact your dean's office for your student workstation software and information on the electronic application process.

A complete application is standard and includes the following items:

  • ERAS application (CV) with photograph
  • Medical school dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (Three is the minimum and we will accept up to four letters. We will accept either a traditional letter or the AOA Standardized Letter of Recommendation.)
  • USMLE board scores (We do not have a minimum cutoff score. We require Step 1 and Step 2 CK results at the time of application. If you are selected to interview with us, we will require your Step 2 CS score by mid-January. *** In 2020, in light of COVID-19 restrictions, we will not require Step 2 CK at time of application, but please schedule and complete as soon as possible. Unless impossible, we will require Step 2 CK and CS scores by mid-January of 2021 ***  Update 2020: Given current circumstances, if unable to schedule Step 2 examinations prior to mid-January that is understandable and will not preclude your consideration. Please attempt to schedule as soon as able, with a priority on the Step 2 CK examination.)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Your personal statement (Please include a few sentences in your personal statement to let us know why you are interested in OHSU/Oregon.)

After the application review process is complete, you will be notified via email of your interview status. Please note that our review process lasts well into November and we generally send out interview invitations the week of Thanksgiving. Per the AOA/CORD guidelines, we will give our invitees 24 hours to respond to an interview invitation.

If you have had postgraduate training, send letters of recommendation from the program director(s) of your first postgraduate year and any subsequent residency training.

OHSU accepts international medical graduates, but they must have an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, also known as ECFMG, certificate before they will be appointed. All applicants must be legally able to work in the United States or eligible to obtain work authorization.

Interviewing: What to expect

Residency interview dates for the 2019-2020 academic year are:

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019
  • Thursday, January 9, 2020
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020

On the night before the interviews, we will be having a small gathering for the applicants. This is a good opportunity to mingle with our residents and gain insight and perspective into our program in a casual setting.

The interview day will begin at 6:30 am and continue until approximately 2 p.m. The day begins with presentations from Dr. Jung Yoo, Chairman of the Orthopaedics Department, Dr. Darin Friess, Program Director of the Orthopaedics Residency Program, and one of our chief residents.

Interviews will follow from 7:30 a.m. and each candidate will interview with several faculty members and residents. Each interview will last 20 minutes. In addition, all applicants will meet separately with Dr. Jacqueline Brady for 15 minutes. Time will be allocated between interviews for a casual question and answer session with Dr. Friess.


For more information, please contact Robin Sasaoka, Resident and Fellowship Program Coordinator, at 503 494-5842 or e-mail See the AMA's fellowship and residency electronic interactive database for more details (FREIDA). Upon acceptance and hiring, drug testing and criminal record checks will be done as part of the hiring process for OHSU.

Intern year

The first year as an intern gives residents the opportunity to learn orthopaedics from the start. Half the year is dedicated to orthopaedic surgery and related specialties, including physical medicine and rehabilitation. The other half is focused on subspecialties of general surgery relevant to orthopaedics, such as vascular surgery, trauma ICU, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, and pediatric surgery. 

Orthopaedic interns are encouraged to attend orthopaedic Grand Rounds, teaching conferences and journal clubs. Interns also have sufficient time outside  the hospital to explore everything that Portland and the beautiful surrounding areas have to offer.

PGY-2 to PGY-5

These years are dedicated to the study of orthopaedics. This part of the program is set up as a mentorship program, with each resident working with 1-3 attendings on each rotation. This helps individualize training and helps residents develop surgical skills. Residents also have early exposure to the operating room to learn these skills. 

As an example of the number of procedures residents might do, one OHSU orthopaedics resident had 682 CPT codes recorded by the end of the R2 year. Most of these came from operating room cases; however, this number also included some fracture reductions and other minor procedures in the emergency department. Furthermore, the only surgical fellowship that the Department of Orthopaedics offers is in spine surgery, which leaves a wider range of educational experiences open to residents only.

The rotation cycle is designed to expose  residents to all orthopaedic subspecialties by the end of their third year. This training is useful when residents decide whether to pursue fellowship training, and in what specialty.  Finally, the orthopaedics residency includes a dedicated research rotation. Residents have protected time to focus on this important component of our resident education program. 

Map of fellowships of ortho residents
Fellowships over the past 10 years. Click on map for additional detail.

2020 Fellowships

  • Spine - New York University 
  • Adult Reconstruction - Florida Orthopaedic Institute
  • Adult Reconstruction - Scripps, San Diego
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology - Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Foot and Ankle - Baylor, Dallas

2019 Fellowships

  • Adult Reconstruction - Rothman Institute, New Jersey 
  • Adult Reconstruction - Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Sports Medicine - Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Spine - New York University
  • General Orthopaedics

2018 Fellowships

  • Hand and Upper Extremity – University of Chicago
  • Hand and Upper Extremity – University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Hand and Upper Extremity – Cleveland Clinic
  • Hand and Upper Extremity – University of Cincinnati
  • Adult Reconstruction – Tahoe-Reno Arthroplasty

2017 Fellowships

  • Adult Reconstruction – Scripps Health, San Diego, CA
  • Adult Reconstruction – University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Adult Reconstruction – Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • Sports Medicine – Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Denver, CO

2016 Fellowships

  • Adult Reconstruction – Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Adult Reconstruction – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Trauma & Adult Reconstruction – Dr. Paul Duwelius, Orthopaedic + Fracture Specialists, Portland, OR and Sydney Arthroplasty and Trauma, Sydney, Australia
  • Shoulder & Elbow Surgery – Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Spine Surgery – Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

2015 Fellowships

  • Adult Reconstruction – Tahoe Reno Arthroplasty, Reno, NV
  • Adult Reconstruction – University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
  • Hand & Upper Extremity – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Foot & Ankle – Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, Melbourne, Australia and Summit Orthopaedics, Portland, OR

2014 Fellowships

  • Sports Medicine – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Foot and Ankle – University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
  • Spine – Spine Institute of Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Orthopaedic Traumatology – R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center/University of Maryland
  • Shoulder and Elbow – Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

2013 Fellowships

  • Foot and Ankle – Campbell Clinic, Memphis, TN
  • Trauma – UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • Adult Reconstruction – Dr. Paul Duwelius, Portland, OR
  • Sports Medicine – Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, NW
  • Foot and Ankle – Melbourne Orthopaedic, Australia

2012 Fellowships

  • Trauma – OrthoIndy, Indianapolis, IN
  • Shoulder and Elbow – Dr. Frederick Matsen and Dr. Winston Warme at University of Seattle, WA
  • Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Reconstructive Surgery – Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI), Van Nuys, CA
  • Foot and Ankle – Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

2011 Fellowships

  • Foot and Ankle fellowships – Oakland bone and joint Specialists/Middlemore Hospital, Auckland NZ 
  • Spine – University of Utah Health Care
  • Total Joint Arthroplasty – Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.

​​​​​​​2010 Fellowships

  • Shoulder and Upper Extremity – Dr. Stephen S. Burkhart, San Antonio, Texas
  • Spine – San Francisco Spine Institute
  • Hand Surgery – C.V. Starr/St. Luke’s/Roosevelt, New York, N.Y.
  • Hand Surgery – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Mass.

​​​​​​​2009 Fellowships

  • Foot and Ankle – Duke University
  • Sports Medicine – Southern California Center for Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine – Santa Monica

​​​​​​​2008 Fellowships

  • Spine – San Francisco Spine Institute
  • Hand – University of New Mexico

2007 Fellowships

  • Spine – San Francisco Spine Institute
  • Spine – St. John’s/Santa Monica
  • Sports Medicine – TRIA (Twin Cities)

2006 Fellowships

  • Trauma – Vanderbilt University
  • Trauma – Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington

2005 Fellowships

  • Trauma – OrthoIndy Methodist
  • Sports Medicine – Pasadena Sports Medicine

2004 Fellowships

  • Trauma – Hennepin County
  • Hand – Green’s San Antonio

2000-2003 Fellowships

  • Spine – University of Washington
  • Sports Medicine – Taos Sports Medicine Institute
  • Sports Medicine – Pasadena Sports Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Oncology – Massachusetts General Hospital

Additional information

For additional information about the residency program please contact:

Robin Sasaoka
Residency and fellowship education manager
Phone: 503 494-5842