Specialist training in the Department of Traumatology

The Department of Traumatology covers the whole spectrum of accident surgery knowledge required by specialists in orthopaedics and traumatology of the musculoskeletal system and surgeons specialising in general and accident surgery.

Before qualifying as specialists, doctors in the Department of Traumatology are required to pass through various rotations. In each of these, they acquire knowledge and skills relating to a specific area (upper extremity, lower extremity/polytrauma, acute traumatology, spine/pelvis, sport/hips/knees, geriatric traumatology).

In the operating theatre, they are required to work through an extensive list of surgical procedures. Our junior doctors learn and consolidate their surgical skills under the observation of experienced supervisors.

The Department of Traumatology offers the following rotations:

  • In the operating theatre
  • Outpatient consultations (Health Centre The Circle at USZ Flughafen)
  • Special consultations (Süd2A USZ Campus)
  • Accident surgery wards
  • Surgical ICU
  • Emergency

Clinical practice is complemented by scientific work in the Department of Traumatology’s research unit.

  • Mortality and morbidity conference (M&M)
  • Case presentations
  • Regular early morning professional development sessions
  • Traumatology and geriatric traumatology journal club
  • Shock room simulation training
  • Polytrauma course
  • AIOD trauma course
  • Mini-workshop on AO
  • ATLS / ETC courses
  • DSTC (Definitive Surgical Trauma Care)
  • “Harald Tscherne Lecture” by a special guest

Clinical experience is also shared at scientific congresses and advanced training events in Switzerland and abroad and published in specialist books and journals.

The Department of Traumatology at the University Hospital Zurich offers the following post graduate medical training as recognized by the SIWF / FMH:

  • Surgery; Category A (4 years)
  • General Surgery and Traumatology, Category ACT1 (2 years)
  • Orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal Trauma C1 (1 year orthopedics and 3 years traumatology)

You will find detailed information about advanced training programmes by clicking on the FMH Swiss Medical Association pdfs provided below.

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University Hospital Zurich
Department of Traumatology
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 255 27 55