What attributes are necessary to be selected for an orthopaedic surgery residency position: Perceptions of faculty and residents

Gurpreet Bajaj, Kelly D. Carmichael

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Orthopaedic surgery has an extremely competitive residency selection process. The authors discuss which attributes of an orthopaedic surgery residency applicant are the most important in obtaining a position. A comparison of applicants' opinions to those of faculty was also done. Anonymous questionnaires were filled out by orthopaedic surgery residency applicants and faculty orthopaedists at teaching institutions. The most important attributes to obtaining a residency were performance on a local rotation (externship), class rank, and interview performance according to faculty. Applicants thought performance on local rotation, United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1 scores, and letters of recommendation were the three most important. Both groups ranked research participation, gender, and race as the three least important attributes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1179-1185
Number of pages7
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004



  • Applicant attributes
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Residency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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