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Four women residents in very first PGY1 for University of Utah Orthopaedics

We are pleased to announce our very first PGY1 in University of Utah Orthopaedics with 4 women residents

RORY BYRNE - Georgetown University 
JULIET FINK - Emory University 
SIERRA LEVENE - University of Washington 

Benchmark years when women matched to the University of Utah Orthopaedic residency program

  • 1985 = 1 woman in PGY1 (4 spots total)
  • 2005 = 2 women in PGY1 (5 spots total)
  • 2020 = 3 women in PGY1 (6 spots total)
  • 2024 = 4 women in PGY1 (6 spots total)

Women in orthopaedics are mobilizing around the globe
Orthopaedic surgery is one of the fastest growing surgical specialties and provides physicians with the opportunity to decrease pain and improve function in patients of all ages. Currently, women make up less than 14 percent of residents in orthopaedic surgery—the lowest ratio of any residency program. Further, among practicing Orthopaedic surgeons, only five percent of are women.

The University of Utah School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics is leading the charge to attract women candidates to orthopaedic surgery. At all levels of training and practice, women orthopaedists improve quality and strengthen patient care. We realize that by missing out on half of the medical student pool, our specialty is losing out on hundreds of extremely qualified and competent surgeons that could lead our field for years to come. Our surgeons should be as diverse as the patients we serve.

Good News - Growing Opportunities for Women in Orthopaedics
The good news is that the number of women entering orthopaedics is on the rise. Our orthopaedic residency program offers an ideal training environment for all medical students entering residency—men and women.

Orthopaedic surgeons provide care for a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions in both adults and children.  By correcting long standing deformities and acute injuries, orthopaedic surgeons are able to enjoy the satisfaction of providing rapid improvements in patients quality of life. 

Women in Orthopaedics | Orthopaedics | U of U School of Medicine (

Also, U of U med students matched into:

- 89 residency programs
- 24 specialities
- 37 primary care specialties

The 2024 class will be spread out into 34 different states to complete their residencies.

Watch a recap of the event on our YouTube channel here