Program Overview/Philosophy

Our primary job is orthopaedic education of residents, interns, and medical students. We recognize that a strong service ethic and patient centered care is the mainstay of Graduate Medical Education.

We have attempted to establish an orthopaedic curriculum that inculcates those qualities and characteristics that we feel are necessary in creating competent and compassionate orthopaedic surgeons. We believe traits are intelligence, personal integrity, a fundamental knowledge base, inter-personal skills, a solid work ethic, and the ability to communicate. In general, our intern and resident selections are made on the basis of such qualities.

The general structure of our program provides a balanced experience and all orthopaedic sub-specialties should be represented. We seek to assure that both our staff and our curriculum reflect equality amongst the orthopaedic sub-specialties. No sub-specialty is given priority over any other in terms of research funds, educational time, operating or clinic time. Balance among the major aspects of residents education (clinical, surgical, didactic, and research) is paramount to training quality orthopaedists. We recognize the value of orthopaedic research in providing our residents a more realistic perspective of orthopaedics and particularly, the rapid development and expansion of orthopaedic knowledge.

Welcome Letter from Current Program Director

To: HPSP and USUHS Medical Students,

On behalf of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), I would like to congratulate all of you on beginning your fourth and final year of medical school. I can say that we are all very excited for the upcoming academic year and wish you all luck as you finalize your specialty choice and complete your medical school training. For those of you considering Orthopaedic Surgery, we would like to extend you all an invitation to rotate with us in the great Pacific Northwest! It is our goal to provide all rotators with a productive learning experience as well as an opportunity to learn about the residency program here at Madigan Army Medical Center.
We are located in the South Puget Sound Area, about 1 hour south of Seattle and 45 minutes south of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Madigan Army Medical Center is the tertiary military treatment facility for the Puget Sound Market, and provides care for all service members in the Pacific North West and Alaska, serving nearly 300,000 active duty service members, their families, and retirees. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is home to I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing with both conventional active duty units as well as elements of the Special Operations communities. Washington is also a major force projection platform for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet at Bremerton, Bangor, Kitsap, Everett and Whidbey Island. Madigan is one of only two designated Level II trauma centers in Army Medicine and one of four in the state of Washington. We participate in a unique partnership called the “Tacoma Trauma Trust,” which was created to provide care to non-beneficiary trauma victims.
The program is unique in that we provide the benefits of a larger academic program that represents all subspecialties, but with more individualized mentorship and focused learning environment. In addition to our outstanding primary site rotations at Madigan, we are privileged to work and learn at the other premier regional facilities that are nationally and internationally acclaimed, including Harborview Medical Center (Seattle), Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane.
Our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program has consistently scored in the top 10% for all programs, military and civilian, across the country on the in-training exam for over the past decade. For the past 15-years, 100% of our graduating residents have passed Part 1 and Part 2 of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) certification examination. Additionally, MAMC Orthopaedic residents are in the 85-90th percentile annually for case numbers (over 1600 cases by graduation). Our residents graduate with a diverse, well-balanced education and are well prepared for a career as an Army Orthopaedic Surgeon.
We look forward to meeting you!
Madigan Orthopaedics
Current Program Director
LTC Daniel Kang, MD - [email protected]

Current Program Administrator with Contact information
Araceli Trinidad – [email protected]

Visiting Student Info
Medical Student Liaison - Michael Patt, PGY3