The primary strength of the Harbor-UCLA Orthopaedic Residency Training Program lies in its balance of early hands-on surgical exposure, faculty supervision, didactic teaching, and wealth of Orthopaedic pathology. This balance fosters the early development of high level clinical decision making skills and a high level oconfidence that naturally arises from a rich training environment.
The Harbor-UCLA Orthopaedic Residency Training Program accepts 5 physicians each year into the PGY1 level for a total of 5 years of training. During their training, residents are exposed to all facets of Orthopedic surgery. At Harbor, the delivery of Orthopaedic care is structured around 4 services—Trauma/General, Hand/Spine, Joint replacement/Arthroplasty, Foot & Ankle/Sports/Pediatrics/Amputee.
Faculty supervision is a key component strength of the program, not only in the high quality of the teaching staff, but in the faculty execution of Department philosophy regarding the faculty role. In the operating room, members of the academic staff truly serve in the capacity of supervising the resident—not to dictate care or to perform the procedure.
Residents have a longitudinal Community Medicine curriculum designed to facilitate the development of knowledge, attitude, skills and behavior to place their patients’ needs in the context of their community, in order to become more effective, socially conscious family physicians.