Five physicians have been selected to participate in the UNM School of Medicine’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program through 2021: Scott Plaster, University of Oklahoma; Jordan Polander, Louisiana State University, Shreveport; Amber Price, Creighton University; Jory Wasserburger, University of Washington; and Matthew Wharton, University of Arizona.

The selections were recently announced through the National Resident Matching Program following UNM’s receipt of more than 500 applications from potential residents.

“UNM orthopedics continues to attract high caliber students as evidenced by this talented group of incoming interns,” says Residency Program Director Gehron Treme, MD, who supervised interviews with 60 finalists earlier this year.

The UNM Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program is a five-year training program fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education. It accepts five residents annually through the National Resident Matching Program, a nonprofit organization and global provider of matching services for health care professionals. The matching program uses a mathematical algorithm that pairs the rank-ordered preferences of applicants and program directors to produce a “best fit” for filling available training positions. More than 85 percent of program residents go on to pursue fellowship training in orthopedic surgery specialty areas.

While UNM’s resident applicants are drawn to Albuquerque for its weather and geography, Treme stresses it’s the variety of clinical knowledge they gain at UNM Hospitals plus vibrant research opportunities in orthopedics that enhance their future careers.

“It’s certainly telling that in the past six years more than 95 percent of UNM orthopedics residents passed Parts I and II of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery’s required certification exams on their first attempt,” says Treme.