Washington University Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

A Note from the Program Directors

Thank you for your interest in the Washington University Orthopaedic Surgery residency program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Our program is consistently regarded as a top training program in the nation by US News & World Report and Doximity, and we pride ourselves on developing an education program that prioritizes resident training.
Throughout their five years here, our residents develop skills that allow them to provide highly-proficient, compassionate care for all patients. The Washington University Medical Campus provides a unique blend of both basic and complex patient referrals, and is a major Level I trauma center in a busy urban environment.
We are committed to leading the field of orthopaedic surgery with regards to patient care, education, research (currently #3 in NIH funding!) and development of future leaders.
We welcome you to learn more about our program and our Washington University community!

Alexander Aleem, MD 
Program Director

Martin Boyer, MD
Associate Director

Zachary Meyer, MD
Associate Director

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Why Washington University?

  • Train at one of the top residency programs in the United States.
  • Learn from experts in all subspecialties of clinical orthopaedics and cutting-edge musculoskeletal researchers.
  • Participate in high volume and diverse clinical experiences at one of the largest academically linked health systems in the country. 
  • Experience the culture, nature and low-cost living in St. Louis.

Diverse Learning Environment

Deeply committed to diversity, our program benefits from the culturally rich learning environment fostered by both faculty members and residents. We will continue to enhance the educational environment through recruitment of a diverse orthopedic resident team. Washington University School of Medicine provides diversity, equity and inclusion assistance and resources to all faculty, staff, trainees and students of the School of Medicine. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The Washington University Difference

Through the basic science, clinical and translational research efforts of our faculty, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine ranks among the top orthopedic departments in the nation in terms of current NIH funding.


Participants in our residency training program benefit from:

  • A faculty-driven CORE Curriculum, designed for a new generation of orthopedic surgeons. It features a two year cycle of subspecialty lectures highlighting the basics of orthopedics, and dedicated supplemental reading lists for all subspecialties.
  • Didactics are complemented with case-based, interactive learning experiences that include weekly educational lectures, grand rounds and interactive conferences, subspecialty conferences, monthly journal clubs, psychomotor skills and cadaveric anatomy sessions. Find out more about our curriculum structure.
  • full-time faculty of attending physicians and researchers representing all ten subspecialties of orthopaedics is committed to and actively involved in resident education.
  • Videoconferencing of all educational conferences allows the department to simultaneously broadcast weekly conferences and lectures to all clinical locations.
  • A robust Residency Research Program has been developed to provide enhanced opportunities for residents. The project includes semi-annual lectures, a thesis project to be completed by graduation and the option of an additional resident research year.
  • Through our sports team affiliations, our sports medicine specialists are active in the medical care of Washington University athletes as well as professional athletes and teams, including the St. Louis Blues.
  • A graduated learning philosophy that emphasizes individualized advancement, progressive mastery of surgical skills, full understanding and development of the six general competencies and independent thinking.
  • A broad scope of patient-care settings provides high-volume and broad variety of clinical experience including trauma, reconstructive surgeries, and complex and unusual clinical challenges.
  • Training in St. Louis, Missouri — a hub for international research and a destination for patients seeking exceptional care. St. Louis is the ideal place to train and excel in health, medicine and research. Learn more.

Patient Care Centers

Washington University School of Medicine is affiliated with BJC HealthCare, the largest academically-linked health system in the country. Throughout the five years of training, residents rotate through multiple clinical care facilities:


The following benefits are provided to house staff members by Barnes-Jewish Hospital:

  • iPhone for professional use
  • Lab coats
  • Life and disability insurance
  • Medical licensure and medical malpractice insurance
  • On-call rooms and meals
  • Paid time off
  • Parking
  • Wellness resources from the Graduate Medical Education Office
  • Library learning resources through the private orthopaedic Key Library and full access to all resources from Washington University School of Medicine’s Becker Library
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