Congrats  to our 2021  Graduates! 

Welcome to the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. For more than forty years, we have a proud tradition of training outstanding orthopedic clinicians and leaders. Our founding chair, Dr. Arthur Pappas, admitted the first patient to the new University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1974. UMASS-Memorial Health Care is the dominant health care system in Central Massachusetts, and our institution includes a Level I trauma center, a children’s medical center, three main campuses and an ambulatory surgery center.

Under the guidance of our current chair, Dr. David Ayers, the training program and the orthopedic department have seen tremendous growth, with large increases in patients seen, surgical volume and research funding and productivity.

Our program is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. We have five residents per year, with four accepted into traditional five-year positions and one accepted into a six-year position which includes a year of research following internship. There are two separate National Residency Match Program numbers.

Our intern year includes six months of orthopedics along with one month of general surgery, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, one surgical intensive care month and a month on the medical co-management service. Our four years of orthopedic training are comprehensive with exposure to all orthopedic subspecialties. All training is completed at our home institution.

All residents are expected to complete a comprehensive publication-quality research project as a requirement for graduation. A faculty committee guides this process starting in the PGY-2 year. Residents are encouraged to present their research and are given the necessary time-off and financial support.

Our educational program consists of a two-year rotating didactic schedule with protected time on Friday mornings as well as daily trauma conferences, journal clubs, indication conferences, grand rounds and morbidity and mortality conferences. Junior residents attend the AO Basic Course and the Boston Pathology Course. Senior residents attend the Academy meeting and Board review courses.

We encourage you take a few minutes to look at our website and learn more about our program. Please contact us if we can answer any questions or provide any additional information. Our residency coordinator is Michelle Auger, 774-442-4262 or



David C. Ayers MD

The Arthur Pappas Professor and Chair

Dept. of Orthopedics and Physical Rehabilitation

University of Massachusetts Medical School


UMass Memorial Medical Center

Nicola A. DeAngelis

Director, Orthopedic Residency Program

Associate Professor,

University of Massachusetts Medical School

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