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The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery believes that leadership, scholarship, and education drive clinical excellence.

This core belief guides our mission to achieve top outcomes and top patient experiences. Our vision is to be No. 1 in orthopedic treatment outcomes and patient experience.

ortho clerkship


The Department of Orthopedic Surgery offers a variety of electives for both internal and external medical students interested in orthopedics. The overall goal for the rotation is to have an opportunity to evaluate and treat common orthopedic conditions.



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

ortho fellows


Designed to dovetail with our residency training program, fellowships provide one year of training in subspecialty areas.

Hands-on Education

Our medical student programs include orthopedic surgery rotations for both orthopedic and non-orthopedic-bound medical students. We also provide excellent and innovative graduate medical education for both residents and fellows. Our residency program emphasizes a core curriculum of knowledge, with the goal of producing competent, board-certified orthopedic surgeons. 

We promote balance between work and personal life, and we value a diverse, exciting, and supportive educational environment.

Altogether, our programs lead the country on simulation teaching for orthopedic surgery skills as well as innovative competency testing. We promote lifelong orthopedic learning and we sponsor a robust Grand Rounds program with visiting professors and local scholars.

Diverse Expertise

Our department offers exceptional education programs to medical students, residents, fellows, and orthopedic surgeons interested in lifelong learning. The faculty members in this department represent experts in every subspecialty area. They excel in their ability to teach cutting-edge orthopedic surgical concepts and techniques. Our leadership in the medical school curriculum and the graduate medical education curriculum drives an excellent adult learning program in musculoskeletal education.

Dr. Van Heest was recently featured on the "She Can Fix It" podcast to discuss topics including female representation in orthopedic surgery, her role as an educator, and the future of the profession.

Listen to the Podcast


Residency: Anna Landherr

Grand Rounds and other questions:

Contact Education Team

Residency Program Academic Calendar

Training Verifications

Send residency and fellowship verification requests for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery to Anna Landherr at:

University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
2450 Riverside Ave. S., STE R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Fax: 612-273-8099
Phone: 612-273-8043