Orthopaedic surgeons are highly trained medical specialists who are involved in all aspects of health-care related to the musculoskeletal system. Their scope of practice includes medical, physical, rehabilitative and surgical methods. Orthopaedic surgery may be required to restore loss of function or mobility due to illness or injury.

Orthopaedic Residency Training

There are 17 orthopaedic residency training programs in Canada.

The objectives of residency training in orthopaedics are best defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

After the final year of residency training, orthopaedic residents are required to complete written and oral examinations conducted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Resident Membership in the COA

Orthopaedic residents are not automatically members of the COA. Residents must apply for Associate membership by completing and submitting a membership application form which will be reviewed and processed by the Membership Department.

Resident members of the COA members are not required to pay annual membership dues or pay Annual Meeting registration fees during the early-bird registration period. Your Associate membership will be renewed automatically each year on your behalf throughout your residency and subspecialty (fellowship) training.

Learn more about Associate membership within the COA.

Canadian Orthopaedic Residents’ Association (CORA)

CORA is the national association for Canadian orthopaedic resident doctors. CORA fosters resident research and education, stages the CORA Annual Meeting, represents the interests and concerns of orthopaedic residents to the COA, and promotes improvements in the residency training programs.

All orthopaedic resident doctors in Canada are automatically granted membership to CORA.