Orthopaedic Surgery
Residency Program


For over sixty years, UAMS has trained the minds, hearts, and hands of some of the finest orthopaedic surgeons in the United States and beyond. By choosing to advance your education and career through our residency program, you will leave with the knowledge and skill to carry that tradition of excellence forward on a path that helps shape the future of orthopaedic medicine.

The UAMS Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is a fully-accredited, five-year program in which residents work alongside leading experts who strive to create a learning experience that embraces diversity, fosters innovation, infuses camaraderie, promotes critical thinking, and sustains our tradition of excellence.  Our goal is not only to provide the best education to the orthopaedic surgeons of tomorrow but also to cultivate the next generation of orthopaedic leaders, creating a training environment that becomes the first step of a career characterized by expertise and opportunity, both nationally at the highest academic levels and locally in the many outstanding community practices throughout the country.

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), one of the largest pediatric hospitals in the United States (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.

Virtual Residency Interviews 

In the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, we understand the uncertainty applicants face during the upcoming residency selection process and the effects resulting from COVID-19 will have on the Class of 2021.  As we adapt to the new normal of virtual interactions, we also recognize that replacing the benefits that both applicants and programs derive from in-person interviews will require adjustments, and while not all benefits can be replicated in a online environment, we are firmly committed to providing an optimal virtual experience that will allow candidates to maximize their remote interactions with our faculty and residents through video conferencing.

Virtual Interview Dates
December 15, 2020
6:00am – 9:00am
January 6, 2021
7:30am – 2:30pm
January 12, 2021
7:30am – 2:30pm
January 21, 2021
7:30am – 2:30pm

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Applying to our Program

The UAMS Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program participates in the National Residency Match Program.

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Why Train at UAMS?

UAMS is home to one of the most comprehensive and widely respected orthopaedic training programs in the country.
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Residents gain clinical experience in diverse settings at three major affiliated teaching hospitals.

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Life in Little Rock

Offering something for everyone, residents in our program have the opportunity to take advantage of a diverse and vibrant community in Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Our Residents

UAMS is home to one of the most comprehensive and widely respected orthopaedic training programs in the country.
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Our Faculty

Our fellowship-trained faculty members are dedicated to providing the very best education to the orthopaedic surgeons of tomorrow.
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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.

Residency Program Leadership

The excellence of our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency training program reflects the dedication of our academic faculty members who nurture the scholarly activity of the Department. Led by R. Dale Blasier, M.D., Residency Program Director, as well as Corey Montgomery, M.D. and Steven Cherney, M.D., Associate Program Directors, our training program benefits from a faculty that is committed to sharing their accrued knowledge and expertise to the next generation of eminently qualified orthopaedic surgeons.

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

Corey Montgomery, M.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Program Director

Steven Cherney, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director

Commitment to Diversity

white coatsThe UAMS Department of Orthopedic Surgery is committed to 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 underrepresented minority groups who are interested in orthopedic surgery.

What our Residents Say: 

Kasa Cooper-Small

“I chose UAMS because I knew I would experience excellent training in an environment that would push me to be my best. My training thus far has been just as challenging, rewarding, and engaging as I could have hoped.  I’ve also made great friends in this program that I will keep for the rest of my career and life.”

Kasa Cooper, M.D.

Class of 2022


“The training I received from UAMS is among the best in the country. All of the faculty are dedicated to the residents and provide the highest level of education. In addition, all the residents are a family. The combination of the great training, culture, and facilities drove me to select UAMS for my residency.”

Asa Schnaekel, M.D.

Class of 2021


“UAMS was my top choice for residency for two main reasons. First, I wanted to come to a place that does it all. We have attendings in every single orthopedic subspecialty, and never have to drive more than 25-30 away for clinic or the OR. Second, I wanted to come to a program that felt like a family. I have absolutely found that to be the the case at UAMS.”

Meg Cornaghie, M.D.

Class of 2024