Resident Lifestyle

Residents receive many lifestyle and educational benefits from the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the University of Kansas Medical Center. A competitive stipend and health and disability insurance are provided, along with 15 days of vacation and up to 10 days of sick leave per year.


Incoming residents receive the AAOS Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review and Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care. Through membership to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, residents also receive a free subscription to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Also provided are while coats, KUMC parking, pagers, medical licenses, DEA registration and a yearly $300 book allowance. Residents are also provided at least one educational conference off site each year.

While the residents work very hard, they also take time out to relax and enjoy their families. The Department hosts a picnic each fall for residents, faculty and their families. Food and drink and games for the kids are provided. A football or softball game almost always ends the day's activities. In addition we also have a holiday dinner in December and the residents' graduation dinner in June of each year for the entire department, alumni, and co-workers. As part of the graduation festivities a golf tournament is held each year, on Friday before the Peltier Lecture and the resident graduation dinner.

The Program encourages extra-curricular activities. The residents participate in a spring and fall intermural basketball league each year. The department is a Silver Partner of the Trolley Run each spring and several of our residents and faculty participate in a bike club. Residents have participated in a local Ironman contest and several have run the Chicago marathon.

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Last modified: Sep 24, 2014