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Orthopaedic Residency Program

Residency Program



Welcome to the University of Missouri Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program. We hope this site provides some valuable information about our program, from how to apply for residency to what to see and do in Columbia.

Our mission is to produce orthopaedic surgeons who become role models for their communities, their colleagues, and their patients. Through the course of the five-year program, we offer a didactic educational program which focuses on current literature for junior residents, and in-depth preparation for senior residents entering fellowship or general practice. Our lecture format has been replaced with small-group case discussions based on reading assignments. We encourage early engagement with research and require residents to complete at least one research project before they graduate. We leverage the stellar reputations and connections our faculty have to expose residents to national and regional leadership activities.  We fully expect that graduates will be fully-trained orthopaedic surgeons who are competent in all major areas of orthopaedics. Although many of our residents match successfully in nationally-recognized fellowships, some of our residents choose to begin general practice.

From the top down, faculty are committed to the concept that resident education is secondary only to patient care.


David Volgas, MD
Program Director


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