Orthopaedic Residency Personal Statement

Residency Application Information

The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita is a participant in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Medical students will need to contact their student affairs or designated dean's office. They will provide medical students with manuals and instructions for accessing the Applicant Webstation. ERAS instructions and their token/key to ERAS will be distributed from their dean's office after June 30. 

Since the development of our website, we no longer send out brochures, but the website has all of the information regarding our program. There is one document that is required outside of ERAS.  It is a handwritten personal statement that the applicant must send via U.S. mail. This can be the same personal statement that is submitted through ERAS but must be handwritten. The application will not be considered without this document. It can be sent to the address listed below. 

*Residency application and materials deadline is Nov. 1.  

Application Criteria:

  1. Three reference letters from U.S. physicians, preferably from orthopaedic faculty. We prefer and encourage using the AOA Standardized Letter of Recommendation Form.
  2. Transcript of medical school record, certified by the medical school.
  3. Official Dean's letter
  4. Copy of USMLE Scores Part 1 and Part 2 (if taken)
  5. CV
  6. Handwritten personal statement (please see referenced paragraph above)*
  7. Photo

Additional criteria for those from medical schools outside of the United States

  1. Must have practiced in a clinical practice, internship, or residency after 2006
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  3. Copy of green card/working permit
  4. Copy of clinical assessment examination
  5. Copy of valid ECFMG certificate

Interview Process:
Residents selected for interviews will be notified and invited by email approximately 2-3 weeks after the Nov. 1 deadline. We only interview for two days and they are normally scheduled for the second Friday and Saturday of January.  

For more information: 

Juanita Ridgeway, Residency Program Coordinator 
Orthopaedic Residency Program 
929 N. St. Francis 
Wichita, KS 67214 
Phone: 316-268-5988 
Fax: 316-291-7799 
jridgewa@kumc.edu or Juanita_Ridgeway@via-christi.org

Last modified: Feb 14, 2018

Department of Orthopaedics

Via Christi Health
929 N. St. Francis
Room 4076
Wichita, KS 67214

Phone: 316-268-5988
Fax: 316-291-7799


"I did it! I did it!" she exclaimed as she ran across the exam room. After years of being told that she would only be able to walk with crutches if she wasn't confined to a wheelchair, a 10-year old patient with cerebral palsy ran for the first time in her life. I met her one of my first days in Pediatric Orthopaedic clinic. Less than two months after surgery, this 10-year old girl was given an entirely new life. She looked up at me with a huge smile on her face. Orthopaedics was the specialty I had been looking for.

The first two years of medical school introduced me to countless specialties that I could imagine myself entering into. I had a taste of several specialties through volunteering, work, and research, but I needed more “hands on” experience. During this time, I began working nights and weekends for State Organ/Tissue Procurement as a tissue procurement technician. We would remove from tissue donors everything from long bones, ribs and the iliac crest to lower limb veins, tendons, and even the heart en bloc for valves. It was the perfect job for a medical student. I was able to learn sterile technique, use of surgical instruments, and gain actual surgical experience without the fear of inflicting further injury to the patient. I loved the fast pace and feel of surgery. Then, during my first 3rd year rotation, I tore my ACL playing football and underwent autograft replacement one week before starting my surgical rotation. Standing on a swollen leg all day and icing it all night proved taxing and made me question my love for the OR. I enjoyed clinic during most of my rotations, but it also proved taxing without the variety of procedures.

My first day of 4th year in Pediatric Orthopaedics, I felt this was what I had been looking for. First of all, I could empathize with many of the patients in clinic having broken multiple bones myself: everything from a both bone forearm fracture skiing, to my nose in basketball practice, to a partial achilles tendon tear and then my ACL playing football, not to mention all the hand, finger, and toe fractures. Second, it brought back all of the excitement I felt in my job as a Tissue Procurement Tech with the additional adrenaline rush of working on a dynamic, living person. I was thrilled to see the opposite end of the work I had done in tissue recovery. Witnessing firsthand the results of allograft tendons, bone blocks, and fracture sites packed with bone powder further increased the pride I had in working with donors. Third, I valued being able to have an immediate impact on the patient’s quality of life. I saw an 8-year-old boy in the ER who had been hit by a car and sustained multiple displaced fractures with nerve impingement at his right elbow. The tears of concern and fear in the eyes of his parents were only matched by tears of relief when the cast was removed and full range of motion was reestablished.

Through Orthopaedics I could provide a good life for my family.. Knowing from experience that I would be prepared to take care of them in the event of an accident would also bring peace to my soul. My family is the most important aspect of my life and the highlight of my day is when I can give my wife and 8 week old daughter a hug and a kiss. My time to spend with them is extremely valuable to me. Also, a good physician should be well rounded and I value my occasional free time to pursue interests such as: football, scuba diving, skiing, hiking , hunting, community volunteer work, church activities, and the occasional nap. With good time management I feel I will be able to occasionally enjoy these aspects of my life.

I always hoped that I would be excited to go to work and that I would find people as passionate about their jobs as I was. I have yet to meet an Orthopaedic Surgeon who didn't have a smile while telling me about their job. I could not be more excited about what my future holds.

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