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Our residency program includes educational and research opportunities that provide a balanced educational experience.

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The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency embraces the metro area of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and provides training at six key institutions, with a faculty of more than 60 regionally and nationally known orthopaedic surgeons.

We are a nationally recognized and highly competitive program, and will provide an education that is an excellent basis for a career as a general orthopaedist, orthopaedic subspecialist, or an academic orthopaedic surgeon. We train competent, ethical and board certifiable orthopaedic surgeons.

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Training sites

Offers specialty service rotations in spine, sports, tumor, foot and ankle, hand, and adult reconstruction. This is the flagship hospital for the residency program and is the site for weekly program-wide grand rounds and core curriculum lectures.

Provides trauma rotations for the residency program. It is a Level 1 trauma center with a faculty of nationally distinguished traumatologists. A wide range of multi-system trauma is treated with over 2500 operative cases and 17,000 orthopaedic visits annually.

Provides pediatric orthopaedic rotations for the residency program with a faculty of ten fellowship trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeons.

The primary location for the adult reconstruction rotations. The Minneapolis VA Medical Center does more total joints than any other VA Medical Center in the country. This provides a well supervised experience for the resident to learn primary and revision total joint arthroplasties.

Provides a unique Level 1 trauma experience in a privately owned hospital with exposure to all areas of orthopaedic trauma.  Additionally residents are exposed to adult reconstruction, shoulder, hand, and foot and ankle surgery.

A specialty orthopaedic hospital. This center includes rotations in sports, hand, and foot and ankle.

Benefits

See a comprehensive listing of health benefits for residents and fellows.

Stipend information

This webpage provides access to information on stipends such as pay dates, current rates; applicable policies; analyses done to make the annual recommendation to increase as well as historical rates.

Pay dates

Trainees will be paid an annual stipend as stated in the Residency/Fellowship Agreement and in your Program Manual. Trainees will receive a paycheck biweekly. Trainees are encouraged to use the direct deposit system, as paychecks have the potential of being lost or delayed in the mail. Paychecks are mailed or credited to bank accounts of those using the direct-deposit system, on the pay dates listed below.

Payroll dates are located at the Office of Human Resources website.

GME contact: Carol Sundberg, sundb001@umn.edu or 612-626-3317

Labs & logs

Anatomy Labs

There are eight gross anatomy dissection sessions. These sessions consist of:

G2 residents are assigned to specific anatomic areas with a chief resident as mentor and faculty members are assigned as proctors. Faculty advise the chief residents with the development of the dissection guides and will attend the actual sessions. 

These sessions will be mandatory for all G2 residents and the mentoring chief resident. All residents are invited to attend the sessions. Please contact Betsy Wehrwein with questions.

Surgical Case Logs

One of the methods used for evaluation of competence in this program is the ACGME web-based operative case log. Please contact Betsy Wehrwein with questions.

ACGME Case Log System:

CPT Code "Cheat Sheets":

If you have questions about codes, please contact the department's surgical coder, (Linda) Toddie Tastad at 612-273-6069.

Curriculum overview

The RL-1 year comprises of structured education in surgery, emergency medicine, medical intensive care, neurological surgery, anesthesiology and six months of orthopaedics including basic skills training.

Rotations during the RL-2 and RL-3 years provide a comprehensive background, working with faculty to provide a solid base in general orthopaedics, adult reconstruction, pediatric orthopaedics and traumatology, along with an introduction to sports medicine.

During the RL-4 year, specialty rotations in adult reconstruction, foot and ankle, hand, musculoskeletal tumor, spine, sports medicine and a return to pediatrics are the focus of the curriculum.

The RL-5 year completes the program and is spent with chief rotations at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hennepin County Medical Center and Regions Hospital, as well as additional experience in sports and spine rotations.