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Orthopaedic Surgery

Sharon Walton, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (preferred method of contact)

Sharon Walton, M.D.

About the Specialty

Orthopaedic Surgery is concerned with the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. The specialty is dynamic in that there are 10 areas in which to choose in this specialty or you may do a little of it all. You would normally complete a fellowship after the residency.

Answers to Common Questions

  • Attributes of a Competitive Student

    What factors typically make a student competitive for this specialty?

    Step 1 scores, grades on selectives, sub-I experience, letters from people we know, team player

  • Research

    How important is research experience in your specialty? If important, does it need to be in the specialty itself?

    Yes it’s critical and yes it should be in Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Shadowing

    How can students identify opportunities for shadowing?

    Students may contact me or the Associate Program Director, Drew Sanders, M.D.

  • Electives

    What electives would you recommend to a student who is interested in pursuing your specialty?

    I would recommend sub I and the Ortho Selective.

    Based on your experience, what tips do you have for students to shine on your electives?

    I encourage them to be themselves; be honest and open.

  • Away Rotations

    Does your specialty recommend doing away rotations?


    If your specialty recommends doing away rotations, how many “aways” do you recommend?


    If away rotations are necessary, when should they apply and when should they be completed?

    April 1 of the year before you graduate.

  • Interview Timing

    Which month do you recommend taking off to interview?

    December or January for Orthopaedic Surgery.

  • Letters of Recommendation

    How many letters of recommendation are needed to apply to your specialty?


    Does your specialty recommend that all letters of recommendation be written by members of your specialty?


    If letters can come from other disciplines, do you have a recommendation as to which disciplines are more highly valued?

    General Surgery.

    Does the academic rank of the letter writer matter?

    Yes, the more known, the better.

    Does your specialty require a letter from the chairman?



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