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Residency Program

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.

Campbell Clinic is a mecca in the field of orthopaedics. - Dr. Matt Mayfield

Nov 10, 2023