Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Benefits


View stipends and benefit information on the Baylor College of Medicine’s graduate medical education website. Stipend levels are at the national average, but Houston's cost of living ranks among the lowest of metropolitan areas in the United States.

Maintaining your physical and emotional wellness is a prerequisite to professional success. Our residents have access to a number of programs to support their well-being. View wellness resources.

Information about vacation and leave of absences is available on the graduate medical education website.


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This program has a number of educational honors awarded and recognized at the annual commencement ceremony, all of which include monetary awards:

Bronze Hammer Award

The Bronze Hammer Award is funded through the generosity of Joseph Barnhart, M.D., and is awarded to a fourth-year resident. However, it is not necessarily given each year. The receiver of this award is an honest individual with respect for people, gentle in manner, selfless in judgment, honest in application of skills, inventive in skills. Benefits consist of a certificate, an engraved bronze hammer and $10,000 for travel expenses in orthopedic studies. The study may be done as an elective during a rotation in the final year of training.

Hugh S. Tullos Research Award 

The Hugh S. Tullos Award was established to promote research and to encourage excellence in papers prepared by residents. The paper must be considered publishable and achieve a high level of excellence as judged by the award committee. A certificate and a monetary award of $1,000 are presented to the winner at the annual graduation ceremony. All residents at all levels are encouraged to participate in submitting research papers for consideration.

Orthopedic In-Training Exam Award

The Orthopedic In-Training Exam Award was established to recognize an outstanding resident on behalf of the Residency Review Committee. The recipient is given a monetary award of $1,000. Furthermore, the recipient also receives a certificate in recognition for being the graduating resident with the highest mean score on the OITE exam during the last four years of the residency program.

Michael J. Epstein “Wooden Pager” Award 

Established by the graduating class of 2009, The Michael J. Epstein Award was established to recognize an outstanding junior resident on behalf of the members of the graduating chief class. The recipient is given a monetary award of $500. He or she also receives a plaque of recognition for being the junior resident who has demonstrated principles of professionalism, work ethic, humanism and a sincere dedicated commitment to orthopedic medicine.