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Residency Program

Welcome to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UCSD! We are excited that you have chosen Orthopaedics as your specialty and hope you will find the field as exciting and gratifying as we do.

Orthopaedic surgery has developed into many areas of specialization and we strive to provide a training program that is broad, diverse, and flexible enough to prepare our residents for both general and specialized orthopaedics.

In order to achieve this goal, we have created a training program that provides residents with effective hands-on development in all subspecialties, while maintaining comprehensive training in general orthopaedics. We have outstanding faculty in every subspecialty and work closely with colleagues in the community to provide a balanced experience. Our program is also geared toward individuals interested in academic orthopaedics. The program includes an optional year of clinical or basic science research, led by world renowned faculty.

We are extremely proud of the training program we have created here at UCSD. Our Department continues to be acknowledged as a top program by US News and World Report every year. We pride ourselves on strong work ethic, excellent patient care, and advancing orthopaedic knowledge with outstanding research. Our residents are highly respected by all Departments within our institution. We continue to grow in size and strength, and have state of the art technology and world-class buildings to complement our program. To us, our program feels like family.

Reid Allen Abrams, MD practices Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in La Jolla and San Diego

Reid Allen Abrams, M.D.

Interim Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

Chief, Hand Service

Alexandra K. Schwartz, MD

Alexandra K. Schwartz, M.D.

Clinical Professor 

Residency Director

Chief, Trauma Service


Please direct all questions regarding the Residency Program to