Resident Life

What is great about this program? 

Our program as a lot to offer and we are always responding to feedback. The population in the DC area includes retirees in addition to active-duty soldiers. That means we have a strong arthroplasty practice in addition to arthroscopy practice. We also have been the primary stateside referral site for all injuries sustained in the Middle East. Our rotations include a wide variety of practices that are team physicians for the United States Naval Academy and professional sports teams. Finally, we supplement with rotations with the nation’s top hospitals. 

Why military orthopaedics? 

The orthopaedic community is small, the military orthopaedic community is even smaller. If your personal life allows, pursuing a military residency will allow you to make connections with medical students, residents and attendings. 

What is good about this city? 

It’s the national’s capital! Within Bethesda there are a lot of restaurants and bars, frequently we visit a dive bar for post academic Friday’s just to relax and unwind from the week. There are so many things to do, just outside of Washington D.C. you can find anything you’re looking for. 

Thanks to the international nature of politics, Washington, D.C., boasts one of the most diverse populations in the nation, which for locals, translates to an unrivaled slate of international festivals and a veritable smorgasbord of dining options.

Washington, D.C. offers numerous opportunities to get outdoors, even within city limits. Lots of neighborhoods offer open space to enjoy year-round, like Rock Creek Park and Logan Square. Outdoorsy types like to paddleboard or kayak on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. Take a walk, jog, and bike at Potomac Park, which stretches north and south of the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin. In the spring, the blossoming cherry trees are a delight to behold. Golfers will also enjoy playing the links at East Potomac Park Golf Course.

Chevy Chase and Bethesda offer excellent dining and shopping over the state line. Stop by Silver Spring for a taste of downtown life in the suburbs, where you can catch an indie or classic film at the AFI Silver Theater, a famous restored deco movie palace. Check out Rockville for live music at the Strathmore.

Take an hour's drive to Baltimore to enjoy the maritime vibe on the downtown waterfront and check out the National Aquarium. While you're in Maryland, be sure to indulge in some tasty seafood, especially the local crab cakes made with the state's famous blue crabs. Head to Frederick, Maryland, to check out the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, close to the historic battlefields at Antietam and Monocacy.

What to do while visiting our city? 

In addition to historic monuments, outdoor activities, a diverse assortment of restaurants there is no shortage of things to do. Here are some other annual events: 

  • The Giant National Capital BBQ Battle is the city' premier festival. For 26 years, the festival of food and music has taken over Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues for a barbecue cook-off of massive proportions. Teams come from all over to try to be crowned national champions. Put the competitors to your own taste test, and sample barbecue chicken, beef brisket, pork ribs, and pulled pork. Don't forget to sample tasty traditional sides like mac and cheese, corn on the cob, and potato salad. While you dine, you can enjoy live music from three stages. Kids will love hanging out at the DC Sports Zone and the children's activity area.
  • The D.C. JazzFest takes place each June. For the past 15 years, an incredible lineup of Jazz heavyweights and jazz-inspired artists have converged on the capital to offer world-class performances, carrying on the legacy of the jazz legends who rocked "Black Broadway" so many years ago.
  • Once you've settled into your new home in Washington, D.C., you can also check out the beloved National Cherry Blossom Festival in March and April. Washington is at its most beautiful in the spring, when the city erupts in a blaze of pink cherry blossoms. As a local, you won't have to fight the tourists for hotels.
  • Passport DC is a month-long festival in May that pays tribute to Washington, DC's thriving international culture. As part of the festival, the first two Saturdays in May are devoted to embassy open houses. Where you can step inside a foreign embassy with the Around the World Embassy Tour and the EU Open House.
  • Every year, the Library of Congress hosts the National Book Festival, a free celebration of all things books, from authors to readings to hardcovers. Join fellow lovers of the written word at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center!