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Ortho Residents

The best reputations are built upon a continuous commitment to the delivery of excellence. In the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), we have earned and maintained that reputation through our strong foundation of exceptional patient care, cutting-edge research, and state-of-the-art education. This exciting clinical and scholarly environment enables us to attract and retain nationally and internationally recognized fellowship-trained faculty in each of the orthopaedic subspecialty areas, who are dedicated to carrying that standard of excellence forward—passing along their shared experience, knowledge, and passion for musculoskeletal medicine to the next generation of orthopaedic leaders.

Program Overview

UAMS is home to one of the most comprehensive and widely respected orthopaedic training programs in the country.  The five-year program, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, offers the opportunity to learn from top orthopaedic surgeons and benefit from a diverse learning experience with extensive clinical training in an environment that is both broad in scope and deep in volume and experience.

As an orthopaedic resident at UAMS, you have access to tremendous clinical, educational, and research resources throughout your training. Resident education is supported by specialized clinical training and a strong didactic program that includes a comprehensive core curriculum, monthly grand rounds, a monthly journal club, evidence-based conferences, and weekly subspecialty conferences.  Core curriculum lectures are provided by the orthopaedic faculty or other faculty members within the medical school and combine both the pathophysiology and basic science of musculoskeletal disease and its clinical application.

Over the course of five years, our residents train in all orthopaedic subspecialties with exposure to world-class clinical care at several facilities, including Arkansas’ only academic health center and state-of-the-art level 1 trauma center (UAMS), a top-ranked children’s hospital for orthopaedics (Arkansas Children’s Hospital), and the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital (Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System) located in Little Rock.  These diverse environments will introduce you to the principles of sound orthopaedic science and provide you with a broad range clinical experiences—in the operating room, emergency department, and many different outpatient settings. Learn more about the top-ranked hospitals in which we practice.

Our Mission

Our residency training program’s mission is to provide qualified resident physicians with a high-quality graduate training program that will enable them to practice the specialty of orthopaedic surgery, enter into training in an orthopaedic subspecialty, and/or enter into an academic career in the specialty of orthopaedic surgery.  Our educational programs are closely aligned both with our top-ranked clinical practice, in which we provide exemplary orthopaedic care, treating all patients with uncompromising dedication and skill, as well as our biomedical research activities, giving residents the opportunity to pursue new knowledge and follow how research is translated to improve patient care.

We work closely with many disciplines across campus and with leading academic institutions to build and maintain clinical and research collaborations that expand these learning opportunities for our residents, faculty, and staff. By extending our talents outside the walls of our hospitals and clinics, we promote the health and well-being of communities— locally, nationally, and internationally.

Commitment to Diversity

The UAMS Department of Orthopedic Surgery is committed to supporting the goals of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in fostering diversity in orthopaedics, including understanding and responding to the diversity of the patient population, enhancing the delivery of culturally competent care, and supporting efforts to diversify the profession and orthopedic workforce. Our department’s educational program is dedicated to training and inspiring qualified women and members of minority groups who are interested in orthopedic surgery.

Program Leadership

R. Dale Blasier
R. Dale Blasier, M.D.
Pediatric Orthopaedics
Residency Program Director

Corey Montgomery
Corey Montgomery, M.D.
Associate Professor
Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Oncology
Associate Program Director

We invite you to learn more about our unwavering commitment to excellence in education by exploring the UAMS orthopaedic residency program in more depth.