Residency Overview

Mission Statement

The University of Chicago Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is designed and devoted to the education of capable, skilled, thoughtful, and moral orthopaedic surgeons who will be great contributors to the field. Through active engagement between both educators and learners, the residents are engaged in a well-rounded educational experience that encompasses the acquisition of both clinical knowledge and surgical skills as well experience in orthopaedic research, patient safety, and quality.  Built on a rich tradition and culture of resident-centered education, the Residency Program allows for the progressive transition from a young physician to a well-educated, competent, autonomous orthopaedic surgeon capable of practicing confidently, safely, and ethically within the many facets of high quality patient-centered health care.

Diversity and Inclusion Position Statement

We are committed to representation of diverse backgrounds and cultures, and culturally sensitive care for our patients.  In the area of trainee education, we follow a policy of openness, inclusion and diversity which includes resident and fellow recruitment.  We are demonstrating our diversity with media interaction, news articles, podcasts and journal entries, which promote our inclusive and representative group.  We will continue to work to maintain and grow inclusiveness, representation, and diversity, as well as reaching out to the community for ways to improve our service.

We recognize the recent traumas of social injustice and the evolving state of our nation and its people.  We will continue to be at the forefront of inclusiveness, representation, equality and justice. Recognizing the value and strength inherent in our diverse population is the first of many steps to meet the goal of optimal health and community wellness.

Tessa Balach, MD, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, specializes in orthopaedic oncology and adult joint reconstruction. Dr. Balach, an alum of the Residency and Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship programs, returned to the department as faculty in 2016 and took over the role of Residency Program Director in July 2018.

Jason A. Strelzow, MD, an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, specializes in orthopaedic trauma. Dr. Strelzow joined the department as faculty in 2017 and took over the role of Associate Program Director in August 2019.

Douglas R. Dirschl, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Chicago as inaugural chair on January 1, 2013. His expertise is in trauma and the complications of trauma including malunion, nonunion and infection.

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