How to Apply

Our residency program has eight positions available, each offered through the Match at the RL-1 level. 

The University of Minnesota has developed a RL-1 through -5 year residency training program, with all years under the direction of the Orthopaedic Surgery Program Director, Ann Van Heest, MD. The first year consists of rotations in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Regions Hospital, along with structured education offered across the Twin Cities in multisystem trauma, plastic surgery, surgical intensive care, emergency medicine, neurological surgery and anesthesiology.

Four years of clinical orthopaedic surgery follow, designed to meet the requirements established by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Residents are trained at six medical centers across the Twin Cities, and are exposed to the best training experience in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area.

Application process

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You will need to submit your application electronically, if you are a foreign medical graduate, via the ECFMG. More information about applying electronically is available through the ERAS website.

Suggestions for a competitive application can be found online through the Medical School website.  You can also access important information about our program through FREIDA Online.

We require three letters of recommendation, and USMLE Step 1 transcript uploaded through ERAS. WE ALSO REQUIRE BOTH USMLE STEP 2 RESULTS (both CK and CS) UPLOADED THROUGH ERAS BY FEBRUARY 1, 2019 in order to be ranked by our program

Visa Sponsorship: The J-1 alien physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all UMN graduate medical education programs; therefore, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program sponsors only J-1 visas. We do not sponsor H-1B visas. More information on the J-1 visa can be found on the UMN-GME webpage.

You can continue to complete or update your application to us through October 15, 2018. After this date no further updates or new applications will be accepted. You will know the status of your application around November 16, 2018. After a review of all applicants, a limited number of candidates will be invited to interview on January 17th and 18th, 2019. 

Applicant matched and unmatched information will be posted to the NRMP website at a date and time to be determined.

If you have any questions about our interview process, please do not hesitate to contact the education team via email ( or by calling (612.273.1313).

Key Dates

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

Application Status Available: November 16, 2018

2019-2020 Residency Interview Dates: January 17th and 18th, 2019 




If you have any questions about our interview process, please do not hesitate to contact our education team via email ( or by calling (612.273.1313).