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Residency Training Sites and Rotations

The Department of Orthopedics at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences is committed to resident education and development to become highly qualified, independent Orthopedic surgeons. This includes developing technical skills and instilling professional attitudes in order to be a well-rounded physician. The residency includes education in the basic sciences, technical skills, and clinical knowledge.


Physicians who complete the program are expected to be proficient in managing orthopaedic care in a non-surgical and surgical fashion to include preoperative, operative and postoperative management. Residents who matriculate and graduate through the program are expected to provide exceptional patient care, respect family members and staff, and make appropriate clinical decisions. Additionally, they will advance their ability to think critically and show dedication to continued self-improvement with self-directed, lifelong learning. Residents are also expected to be part of a team and respect others. 


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    The Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) is an ACGME pre-accredited training program that prepares residents to practice orthopaedic surgery through education, research, and surgical skills. Under the instruction of our skilled faculty, residents receive extensive hands-on instruction in general orthopaedics such as:

    • Trauma
    • Adult Reconstruction
    • Sports Medicine
    • Spine surgery
    • Hand and Upper Extremity surgery
    • Foot and Ankle surgery
    • Pediatric orthopaedics

    There are eleven residency programs and nine fellowship programs at the Oklahoma State University Medical Center (OSUMC), which train more than 150 residents annually. Together, OSU Center for Health Sciences and the medical center have trained more than 2,000 physicians of which many are actively practicing in Oklahoma.


    The inner urban location of the hospital with proximity to rural Oklahoma offers ample opportunity to care for a wide variety of patients. The OSUMC serves as a level 3 trauma center and is home to Oklahoma’s top-ranked wound care and hyperbaric clinic. Residents also gain experience at nearby Tulsa hospitals, including:

    • St Francis Hospital
    • St John Hospital
    • Center for Orthopedic Reconstruction and Excellence
    • Oklahoma Surgical Hospital

Clinical Sites

OSU Medical Center


744 West 9th Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74127-9020


The country's largest single site osteopathic hospital, OSU Medical Center, is located just blocks from the OSU Center for Health Sciences. What began as Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital by a group of pioneering osteopathic physicians in 1944 has grown to become one of the nation's largest osteopathic health care centers. OSU Medical Center is a flagship hospital in eastern Oklahoma. Licensed for 426 beds, with premier emergency and outpatient programs, it is poised for great outreach and growth in the 21st century. OSU Medical Center is committed to quality patient care. Because the medical center sees a wide variety of high acuity cases, the postgraduate training programs are seen as a critical priority by the medical center staff and administration.


Annually, OSU Medical Center:

  • Admits over 13,000 patients
  • Experiences over 30,000 emergency room visits
  • Experiences over 25,000 outpatient visits
  • Performs nearly 4,000 surgi-center
  • Performs nearly 3,500 inpatient procedures

Staff physicians have trained at some of the nation's most prestigious medical institutions and have a high regard for their personal role in postgraduate education. Internships and residency positions in many different disciplines are available. OSU Medical Center is significantly involved in clinical training for medical students, nurses, therapists and technicians from several area schools and colleges.


St. John Health System


2100 S Wheeling Ave 
Tulsa, OK 74104


St. John Medical Center is nationally recognized for it’s cardiovascular, orthopedic, palliative, and stroke care. St. John is a regional leader in neurosurgery, oncology, surgical services, bariatrics, radiology, fitness/wellness, urology and women's health.

St. John Medical Center is the only Magnet® designated facility in northeastern Oklahoma, recognized for nursing excellence by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. 


St. Francis Hospital


6161 S. Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74136 


Saint Francis Hospital was founded by Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren, Sr. in 1955 and opened its doors in 1960. The hospital originally consisted of a six-story building with 275 acute-care beds and 40 newborn beds.


Saint Francis Hospital, a 1,112-bed tertiary center, includes the region's only children's hospital and level IV neonatal intensive care unit, a 168-bed heart hospital and Tulsa's leading trauma and emergency center.


Rotation Schedule

Ortho Trauma 3 months
Adult Reconstruction 1 month
Foot & Ankle 1 month
Ortho Pediatrics 1 month
General Surgery 1 month
Internal Medicine 1 month
Emergency Medicine 1 month
General Surgery Trauma 1 month
Plastic Surgery 1 month
Musculoskeletal Radiology 1 month
Research 1 month
Spine 2.5 months
Sports Medicine 2.5 months
Ortho Trauma 3 months
Hand/Upper Ext. 3 months
Ortho Trauma 3 months
Ortho Peds 3 months
Adult Reconstruction 1.5 months
Foot and Ankle 1.5 months
Sports Medicine 3 months
Ortho Peds 3 months
Spine  2 months
Research 1 month
Hand/Upper Ext. 3 months
Ortho Trauma 3 months
Ortho Trauma 3 months
Adult Reconstruction 3 months
Foot and Ankle 2 months
Sports Medicine 2 months
Elective 2 months

Didactics & Conferences

OSUMC Grand Rounds
Every Tuesday, 7:00AM – 8:00AM
Includes both national and in-house presenters, and rotates through topics centered on practice development, morbidity/mortality, and clinical updates. 


Ortho Department Conference
Every Wednesday, 6:00AM – 9:00AM, St Francis Hospital

  • Ortho Grand Rounds
  • Ortho Service Hour Lecture
  • Preop/Postop Indications Conference
  • Journal Club
  • M&M

Ortho Trauma Department
Every Friday, 6:00AM – 8:00AM, St Francis Hospital

  • Orthopedic Fracture Conference
  • Trauma Grand Rounds
  • Trauma M&M
  • Trauma Journal Club

Monthly MSK Conference with Diagnostic Radiology Department
OITE Review
Orthobullets Review


Medical Student Clerkship

This clerkship is conducted under the supervision of the Chairperson of the Department of Surgery and the Associate Dean for Clinical Education. The Chairperson, or his/her designee, will assign the immediate supervisor(s) for each student or group of students. Student activities will be coordinated to combine didactic and practical instruction to optimize educational opportunities.


The goals for this clerkship are to: (1) introduce the osteopathic medical student to the field of surgery, (2) enable the osteopathic medical student to recognize common surgical disease processes and corresponding treatments, (3) incorporate a multidisciplinary approach to caring for a surgical patient, and (4) prepare the osteopathic student for a holistic approach to patient care, regardless of the specialty said student chooses to pursue.


The curriculum will emphasize the work-up, evaluation, and treatment and disposition of surgical patients. Students will obtain this knowledge through the completion of selected readings, online lectures, presentations, and exams. Students will incorporate this knowledge through their experiences in the clinic, hospital and operating room. Should there be questions regarding the conduct, objectives or content of the clerkship, please contact the Surgery Student Coordinator.


For more information, please visit the Office of Clinical Education.

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