Orthopedic surgeons have successfully completed a minimum of 13 years of formal education:
- Undergraduate: Four years of study in a college or university
- Medical School: Four years of study in a school of medicine
- Orthopedic Residency: Five years of study at a major medical institution
Additionally, orthopedic surgeons can complete advanced training and certification:
- Fellowship Training: One year of specialized education in an accredited fellowship program
- Board Certification: Meeting a board’s training specifications and passing additional exams
All orthopedic surgeons continue their medical education yearly to stay current in orthopedic knowledge and skills.