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The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program provides trainees with the optimal environment for learning the art and science of orthopaedic surgery. Our clinical faculty are made up of members from two orthopaedic groups, Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center and OrthoCarolina. Residents have high-volume exposure in all subspecialty areas of orthopaedics, with multiple subspecialty fellowship-trained faculty members in each area. As you explore our program, you'll notice that both residents and clinical faculty come together as one team to grow and develop as orthopaedic surgeons.

Our curriculum is built around the 6 core competencies, with special emphasis on professionalism and communication skills. The program consists of:

  • 4 full orthopaedic clinical years
  • 1 multidisciplinary internship year
  • One-on-one training with board-certified, fellowship-trained specialists
  • Large clinical volume
  • Graduated responsibility in the operating room

An Inside Look at the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Committed to Mentorship: Our Faculty’s Perspective

Academics and World-Class Doctors: A Resident’s View

Where You Will Train

Orthopaedic Surgery residents will rotate through Carolinas Medical Center and additional hospital locations and offices that are either attached to the main hospital or less than 1 mile away. Residents will have training opportunities at the following locations:

Meet the Program Director


“Our primary strategic mission at Carolinas Medical Center and The Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute is to educate and provide career development for the future leaders in orthopaedic surgery. To do this, we will continue to recruit and retain the best and brightest medical students in the country. We are committed to providing the best care for our communities, and feel this is best achieved by recruiting a diverse group of individuals which reflects the community in which we live.“

Dr. Scannell
Program Director

Meet the Faculty

With a nationally and internationally-renowned team of Orthopaedic Surgery faculty, our residents have access to a breadth of experience and knowledge in the program. See the full list of clinical faculty here and our research faculty here.

Program Curriculum

The Orthopaedic Surgery program is comprehensive and widely respected, with the primary goal of graduating well-rounded, highly competent orthopaedic surgeons. Five residents are admitted annually through a highly selective process administered by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The program's educational philosophy stresses the best environment for learning clinical medicine is achieved with 1 patient, 1 attending and 1 resident. Graduated responsibility in the operating room and pre- and post-operative planning phases is granted so at the end of the program each resident is comfortable and competent in all subspecialty areas.

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Application Criteria

Prospective residents of the Orthopaedic Surgery program must submit the following required documents:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Dean’s Letter
  • Personal Statement
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Scores
  • Transcripts

If you would like to apply for our residency program, we only accept standard electronic applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please submit your ERAS application to us. Please contact your school for specific information on the ERAS program. Learn more

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