Course Catalog

Orthopaedic Surgery

Courses       6 Clerkships

William Maloney, MD

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Courses offered by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are listed under the subject code ORTHO on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery does not offer degrees; however, it does offer classes that are open to undergraduates, medical students, and other graduate students. The department accepts graduate students as advisees for study and research. Undergraduate students may arrange individual research projects under the supervision of department faculty.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a national and international presence in orthopaedic research that is based on a broad representation of the varied subspecialties within this surgical field for treatment of problems in infants, adolescents, middle-aged and older individuals. The goal of the Orthopaedic Research Program is to develop fundamental knowledge to advance the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. Our faculty members are dedicated to advancing the field with a focus on “bench to bedside” innovations through sponsored research.


Preclinical instruction is carried out in hand surgery, adult orthopaedic surgery, spine surgery, pediatric orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, and physiatry. Most of the courses offered are intended to provide students with a basic overview of these specialties, with emphasis on common disorders, examination of patients, clinical testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Research studies are in progress in all surgical divisions. Preclinical or clinical students interested in surgical research opportunities should contact the various divisional offices.

Clinical instruction is designed to provide students with a broad background in clinical surgery or physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Emphasis in all clerkships is on the application of preclinical knowledge to commonly encountered clinical problems. Instruction includes current developments in patient management as well as research in the specialty. The clerkships also enable students to become better acquainted with opportunities in surgical research.


Residency Programs offer training in orthopaedics and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). To broaden the scope of experience, Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at Santa Clara, and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center are incorporated into Stanford University Medical Center programs. Each hospital adds a unique element to the total surgical experience for the Stanford University Medical Center trainee. Each program is supervised by full-time surgical faculty members and administered by the department.

The Orthopaedic Residency is a five-year accredited program and integrated program in the management of adults and children with orthopaedic problems. A wide range and diversity of teaching material is available at affiliated hospitals.

The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency is a three-year program. Residents are admitted to the program after completing an internship elsewhere. The program leads to eligibility to become certified in PM&R.


Postdoctoral Training opportunities are available. For information, refer to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs home page at or the departmental home page.


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