Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


The five-year Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program broadens residents’ foundation in the basic sciences while providing exposure to clinical problems. Providing our residents with the experience essential to the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric musculoskeletal disorders allows them to develop into knowledgeable, compassionate, and ethical orthopaedic surgeons.

Coursework and Training

Six residents are selected each year through the National Resident Matching Program. Incoming residents spend the first year in a core program that includes rotations in trauma, emergency medicine, general surgery, neurological surgery, and plastic surgery. Throughout their residency, our residents participate in courses through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and continue fracture management education.

We offer training rich in clinical variety, flexiblity, responsibility. Residents receive training and balanced clinical experience in a variety of subspecialties. See the Divisions page for more detail.


We believe research is an integral part of our resident's education in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.  Not only is research part of developing a trainee's medical knowledge regarding orthopedic surgery, but it initiates them on a path for lifelong learning within the field. It is a critical skill to be able to evaluate research to determine its quality of the work and also its impact on clinical care.

With that in mind, the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine has developed a structured program for residents to not only evaluate current research in publication, but also to complete their own research projects for submission prior to graduation. Each year of residency has different milestones necessary for the progression of a minimum of one to two research projects prior to graduation. Most residents that graduate from the orthopedic surgery program at Northwestern exceed this expectation. Great mentorship throughout the department combined with a very structured research development plan has made resident research from our department very productive and educational.

To Learn more about the our research projects please visit our Areas of Research page and view the Recent Publications section on our homepage.

If you have any questions regarding the research infrastructure within our department, please feel free to contact us through the departmental contacts listed on this site.

Additional Resident Information

Get details on a resident’s life, schedule, and educational and professional options via the links below.

Contact Us

Latisha Emerson-Henderson
Residency Coordinator

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.