Residency Details

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The information below will answer many of your questions about the Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation residency program. Expand the sections to learn about how to apply to the program and what to expect during the interview process. See the curricula and learn specifics about rotation, the call schedule and more. There is even a list of fellowship programs of past residents.

How to apply

How to apply

OHSU participates in the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) . Applications must be submitted electronically through the ERAS system by November 1 to be considered. Please contact your dean's office for your student workstation software and information on the electronic application process.

A complete application is standard and includes the following items:

  • ERAS application (CV) with photograph
  • Medical school dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (Three is the minimum and we will accept up to four letters. We will accept either a traditional letter or the AOA Standardized Letter of Recommendation.)
  • USMLE board scores (We do not have a minimum cutoff score.)
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Your personal statement (Please include a few sentences in your personal statement to let us know why you are interested in OHSU/Oregon.)

After the application review process is complete, you will be notified via email of your interview status. Please note that our review process lasts well into November and we generally send out interview invitations the week of Thanksgiving.

If you have had postgraduate training, send letters of recommendation from the program director(s) of your first postgraduate year and any subsequent residency training.

OHSU accepts international medical graduates, but they must have an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate before they will be appointed. All applicants must be legally able to work in the United States or eligible to obtain work authorization.

Interviewing: what to expect

Residency interview dates for the 2018-2019 academic year are:

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • Friday, January 4, 2019
  • Thursday, January 10, 2019

On the night before the interviews, we will be having a small gathering for the applicants. This is a good opportunity to mingle with our residents and gain insight and perspective into our program in a casual setting.

The interview day will begin at 6:30 am and continue until approximately 2 p.m. The day begins with presentations from Dr. Jung Yoo, Chairman of the Orthopaedics Department, Dr. Darin Friess, Program Director of the Orthopaedics Residency Program, and one of our chief residents.

Interviews will follow from 7:30 a.m. and each candidate will interview with several faculty members and residents. Each interview will last 20 minutes. In addition, all applicants will meet separately with Dr. Darin Friess for 15 minutes. Time will be allocated between interviews for a casual question and answer session with Dr. Yoo.


For more information, please contact Robin Sasaoka, Resident and Fellowship Program Coordinator, at 503 494-5842 or e-mail . See the AMA's fellowship and residency electronic interactive database for more details (FREIDA). Upon acceptance and hiring, drug testing and criminal record checks will be done as part of the hiring process for OHSU.

Residency program details Policies Curricula Recent fellowships

2018 Fellowships

  • Hand and Upper Extremity – University of Chicago
  • Hand and Upper Extremity – University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Hand and Upper Extremity – Cleveland Clinic
  • Hand and Upper Extremity – University of Cincinnati
  • Adult Reconstruction – Tahoe-Reno Arthroplasty

2017 Fellowships

  • Adult Reconstruction – Scripps Health, San Diego, CA
  • Adult Reconstruction – University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Adult Reconstruction – Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, Melbourne, Australia
  • Sports Medicine – Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Denver, CO

2016 Fellowships

  • Adult Reconstruction – Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Adult Reconstruction – Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
  • Trauma & Adult Reconstruction – Dr. Paul Duwelius, Orthopaedic & Fracture Specialists, Portland, OR and Sydney Arthroplasty and Trauma, Sydney, Australia
  • Shoulder & Elbow Surgery – Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Spine Surgery – Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

2015 Fellowships

  • Adult Reconstruction – Tahoe Reno Arthroplasty, Reno, NV
  • Adult Reconstruction – University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
  • Hand & Upper Extremity – University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Foot & Ankle – Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, Melbourne, Australia and Summit Orthopaedics, Portland, OR

2014 Fellowships

  • Sports Medicine – University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Foot and Ankle – University of California-Davis, Davis, CA
  • Spine – Spine Institute of Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Orthopaedic Traumatology – R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center/University of Maryland
  • Shoulder and Elbow – Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

2013 Fellowships

  • Foot and Ankle – Campbell Clinic, Memphis, TN
  • Trauma – UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • Adult Reconstruction – Dr. Paul Duwelius, Portland, OR
  • Sports Medicine – Hospital for Special Surgery, New York City, NW
  • Foot and Ankle – Melbourne Orthopaedic, Australia

2012 Fellowships

  • Trauma – OrthoIndy, Indianapolis, IN
  • Shoulder and Elbow – Dr. Frederick Matsen and Dr. Winston Warme at University of Seattle, WA
  • Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Reconstructive Surgery – Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI), Van Nuys, CA
  • Foot and Ankle – Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan

2011 Fellowships

  • Foot and Ankle fellowships – Oakland bone and joint Specialists/Middlemore Hospital, Auckland NZ
  • Spine – University of Utah Health Care
  • Total Joint Arthroplasty – Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.

2010 Fellowships

  • Shoulder and Upper Extremity – Dr. Stephen S. Burkhart, San Antonio, Texas
  • Spine – San Francisco Spine Institute
  • Hand Surgery – C.V. Starr/St. Luke’s/Roosevelt, New York, N.Y.
  • Hand Surgery – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Mass.

2009 Fellowships

  • Foot and Ankle – Duke University
  • Sports Medicine – Southern California Center for Sports Medicine
  • Sports Medicine – Santa Monica

2008 Fellowships

  • Spine – San Francisco Spine Institute
  • Hand – University of New Mexico

2007 Fellowships

  • Spine – San Francisco Spine Institute
  • Spine – St. John’s/Santa Monica
  • Sports Medicine – TRIA (Twin Cities)

2006 Fellowships

  • Trauma – Vanderbilt University
  • Trauma – Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington

2005 Fellowships

  • Trauma – OrthoIndy Methodist
  • Sports Medicine – Pasadena Sports Medicine,

2004 Fellowships

  • Trauma – Hennepin County
  • Hand – Green’s San Antonio

2000-2003 Fellowships

  • Spine – University of Washington
  • Sports Medicine – Taos Sports Medicine Institute
  • Sports Medicine – Pasadena Sports Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Oncology – Massachusetts General Hospital

For additional information about the residency program please contact:

Robin Sasaoka
Residency and fellowship program coordinator
Phone: 503 494-5842