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     Our residency program in orthopaedic surgery at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) offers seven positions each year.  We rotate at five major institutions in the Chicago area and work with a large number of orthopaedic surgeons in all orthopaedic sub-specialties.  Two of these institutions are level one trauma centers, one is the academic hospital here at the University of Illinois, and one is an Orthopedic only community hospital. An additional fifth educational site for our residency program is the Shriner's Children's Hospital where our third and fourth year residents receive some of their specialized pediatric instruction. By working in a variety of different settings residents develop flexibility and the ability to function efficiently in a variety of hospital systems and to care for a diverse patient population.

     To supplement our residents’ vast surgical and clinical experience, we maintain a rich didactic program.  Weekly conferences cover all topics in orthopaedics and include both resident and faculty lectures as well as many guest lecturers.  Focus is placed on basic science, clinical, and current trends in orthopaedics, as well as the knowledge domains covered in the yearly orthopaedic in-training exam.

     In addition to our educational experience, our residents are able to enjoy the great city of Chicago.  Chicago offers everything from classic sporting venues (e.g. Wrigley Field, Soldier Field, and the United Center) to various festivals, street fairs, theatrical performances, culture events and an array of museums.  Most of our residents live within the many neighborhoods throughout the city as well as the surrounding suburbs.



Alfonso Mejia, MD MPH

Program Director

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

University of Illinois at Chicago

News and Updates

What's New on our Instagram

Virtual Q+A Session with Residents
September 14, 2021 - 8 pm CST

Attention all 4th year medical students! We will be hosting a virtual Q+A session with some current residents this upcoming Tuesday, September 14th at 8 pm CST via Zoom. This will be an informal meeting that will allow you to talk to current residents about what things are like here at UIC as well as ask any questions you may have. You will have the option to ask questions anonymously in advance, or during the session if you would like. Attendance or participation will not be used in any way to determine interview invitations, it is simply a way for you all to find out more about our program. We look forward to getting the chance to meet you!

If you are interested, please e-mail our chiefs at from your .edu e-mail address and we will add you to the invite list.

The link to submit questions anonymously is here

Response to COVID for Applicants

Due to the current situation with COVID interfering with medical students' abilities to do away rotations and in-person interviews, the University of Illinois at Chicago Orthopaedic Residency is opening our weekly Wednesday morning didactics (virtually on Zoom from 6:00-10:00 am CST) to any and all interested 4th year medical students applying into Orthopaedic Surgery Residency this cycle.


We want to be clear that this is for informational purposes only so you can gain some insight into our program. Attendance will not be tracked in any way, nor will it be used to determine interview invitations. The attendee list and invitation to the Zoom meeting is controlled by the outgoing chief residents and will not be shared with the interview selection committee. Additionally, once applications are finalized by ERAS in October we will cease sharing the link out of fairness to all applicants.


This is a very informal setup, you can join as many or as few sessions as you wish and there is no scheduled "rotation." Additionally, if you would like to speak with any residents about the program we are happy to facilitate that as well. We will also look to have 2-3 "Open House" sessions with several residents available to answer questions in a group setting.


If you are interested, e-mail from your .edu e-mail address and we will add you to the weekly invitation list.

Additionally, we have added a new section to our page called "A Day in the Life" where residents describe their typical day so you can get to know our program and residents a bit. Check it out here!

Fellowship Match 2021!

Congratulations to the class of 2022 (and one member from the class of 2020) on their fellowship match!

Donald Chuang

Hand Surgery

Mount Sinai

New York, NY


Craig Forsthoefel


Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD


Marshall Haden


University of Texas Houston

Houston, TX


Karina Katchko



Seattle, WA


Saad Malik



Cleveland, OH


Ben Mayo


University of Connecticut

Farmington, CT


Sapan Shah



Los Angeles, CA

Welcome to the Class of 2026!

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