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Residency Program

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A Balance Between Learning & Experience

The University of Tennessee-Campbell Foundation orthopaedic residency program offers a careful balance between academic and theoretical learning and practical experience.

Residents in the program participate in rotations in general orthopaedics, pediatric orthopaedics, trauma, sports medicine, hand, foot and ankle, spine, adult reconstructive surgery, anatomy and pathology, orthopaedic oncology, and total joint.

During each rotation, residents spend approximately 50 percent of their time in clinical activities and 50 percent in surgical duties, a practice that allows residents to experience the continuity of patient care from initial exam and evaluation, through surgical or non-surgical treatment and post-operative rehabilitation.

Residents are instructed and mentored by faculty members from the Campbell Clinic staff who have interest and training in the rotation subspecialty. Other hallmarks of the Campbell Foundation-University of Tennessee orthopaedic residency program include:

  • Residents experience a graduated exposure to surgical techniques through rotations in the various orthopaedic services.
  • Residents are expected to master the cognitive and technical aspects of each rotation to allow progressive assumption of responsibility for more challenging diagnostic and treatment decisions, as well as more complex operative procedures.
  • Each rotation features clearly-defined objectives and timely evaluations.
  • In each rotation, residents are exposed to a busy clinical practice and frequent specialty-based journal clubs from which they gain scientific knowledge applicable to clinical and surgical situations.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills and professionalism are enforced by one-on-one interaction with faculty members who instruct, serve as role models, and evaluate each resident's professional behavior and ability to communicate with patients of all ages and circumstances.
  • Supervision and instruction of junior residents by senior residents also helps develop communication and administrative skills.

For international medical students who graduate from residency programs outside the United States, Campbell Clinic offers its observership program. That provides valuable opportunities for participants to observe and further study their areas of orthopaedic interest.


The educational goals of our program focus on the logical progression of knowledge, experience, and responsibility for each resident. Each rotation at each institution is designed to provide opportunities for increasing clinical and surgical responsibilities for the resident depending on the level of training and progression of his or her clinical and surgical skills as demonstrated by evaluation by faculty members, oral examinations, and the annual OITE.

Historic Residency Program is Among Nation's Best

Dr. Willis C. Campbell Dr. Willis C. Campbell

Dr. Willis C. Campbell opened his practice in Memphis in 1909 and went on to achieve national and international recognition as a pioneer in many areas of the young field of orthopaedics.

One of Dr. Campbell's greatest accomplishments was the establishment of the nation's first orthopaedic residency program. The Campbell Clinic program, established in conjunction with the University of Tennessee medical school in Memphis, began in 1924 with four residents. The program enabled a select group of young physicians to continue their education and training in this emerging specialty.

Today, the University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program which is supported by The Campbell Foundation, ranks in the top eight percent of orthopaedic residency programs in the nation. The curriculum offers a careful balance between academic and theoretical learning and practical experience, with focus on patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and system-based practice.

Residents are instructed and mentored by faculty members from the Campbell Clinic staff in each of the rotation subspecialties: general orthopaedics, pediatric orthopaedics, trauma, sports medicine, hand, foot and ankle, spine, total joint surgery, and orthopaedic oncology.

Beginning as a three-year program, the residency program now encompasses five years of study and training in the development of surgical skills, research, and compassionate patient care.

A total of 40 full-time residents participate in the program, with eight residents enrolled in each year's class. More than 400 top medical graduates apply annually for the eight open positions. Campbell's residency program has trained more than 450 physicians practicing throughout the United States and South America.

Campbell Clinic is a mecca in the field of orthopaedics.

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Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering

1211 Union Ave. Suite 520
Memphis, TN 38104
Becky Adams
Phone: 901-448-5880
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Email: badams@uthsc.edu

Campbell Foundation Education Office
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Memphis, TN 38104

Resident Program

Susan Coffill
Education Coordinator
Phone: 901-759-3275
Email: scoffill@uthsc.edu

Fellowship Program

Rosemary Graham
Education Coordinator
Phone: 901-759-3274
Email: rgraham5@uthsc.edu