Our fellowship programs are designed to dovetail with our residency training program. Fellows spend one year training in subspecialty interest areas.
We aim to recruit fellows with outstanding academic potential and a strong track record of excellence in orthopedic surgery. We provide state-of-the-art clinical training with mentorship in scholarly work, helping with the professional transition into subspecialization.
We sponsor fellowships in the following subspecialties:
The pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is a one-year, ACGME accredited (2652631046) clinical fellowship that is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery. We have one fellowship position per year, and we participate through the SF Match Program.
Gillette is a specialized children's hospital that has developed a unique niche in the care of children. It was originally founded in 1897 and was the first hospital dedicated to the care of children with disabilities in the country. Over more than a century, the hospital has evolved into the leading provider of pediatric orthopedic care in the region. Gillette boasts 11 full-time pediatric orthopedic surgeons as well as a number of ancillary subspecialists who provide additional expertise in areas such as hand and upper extremity, limb deformity, sports, and complex spine deformity surgery.
The staff pediatric orthopedic surgeons at Gillette practice at two other large children's hospitals in the Twin Cities, providing a wide range of care for a broad spectrum of pediatric orthopedic conditions. For example, Gillette is a world leader in care for cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular conditions. Gillette pioneered a motion analysis laboratory that is recognized nationally and internationally for its work in gait analysis. In addition, Gillette specializes in treatment of a wide range of hip and spine disorders. With the recent expansion of services to include coverage for the two other children's hospitals in the Twin Cities, each of which has a busy emergency department, the fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in pediatric orthopedic trauma care. In addition, Gillette has many ongoing research projects and opportunities for the fellow to be involved in clinical research.
The fellow will rotate with different faculty throughout the year in six two-month rotations. The faculty and staff at Gillette have a very strong commitment to teaching, with a total of five orthopedic surgery residents from two residency training programs. The culture at Gillette is one of outstanding patient care and unparalleled resident and fellow education. We are proud of the fellows who have completed our program, all of whom are now working at institutions nationally and internationally.
Alison Schiffern, MD
REGIONS HOSPITAL / UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA
The Regions Hospital / University of Minnesota Orthopedic Trauma fellowship at Regions hospital is a one-year, non-accredited clinical fellowship that is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery. We have two fellowship positions per year.
The fellowship experience includes exposure to a Level I trauma setting and the University of Minnesota medical system. The program hospital, Regions Hospital in St. Paul, admits over 18,000 patients and performs over 12,000 surgical procedures per year. The volume of high energy or complex trauma, as well as referred tertiary care, extends broadly to four surrounding states.
The fellows work directly with nine full-time orthopedic trauma faculty, covering clinical and research domains including surgery of the pelvis and acetabulum, foot and ankle, upper extremity, spine, post traumatic joint reconstruction, correction of malunion, treatment of bone infection, management of the multiply-injured patient, and specific programs in pediatric and geriatric orthopedic trauma. The fellow will work with the orthopedic residents and staff as an integral part of the trauma service.
Successful completion of the fellowship includes the execution of two publishable manuscripts. To accomplish these goals, the fellow will have access to the University of Minnesota Biomechanics Laboratory and the Regions Hospital Trauma Research Center. These labs feature state-of-the art resources. We also have a dedicated clinical research team based at Regions Hospital who are available to help with the administration and execution of all research.
REGIONS HOSPITAL / UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA GERIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA
The University of Minnesota / Regions Hospital offers an exceptional opportunity for a multi-disciplinary Geriatric Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship under fellowship director Julie Switzer, MD. The fellowship is a one-year training experience in the operative and clinical management of geriatric orthopedic trauma patients.
The fellowship experience emphasizes geriatric orthopedic patient care including peri-prosthetic fracture reconstruction, bone health, and palliative care considerations. The fellowship functions within a large community health system and a very busy Level I trauma hospital. The fellow will work with the orthopedic trauma and adult reconstruction teams, a multidisciplinary team of national leaders in geriatric care, including geriatricians, palliative care specialists, endocrinologists, and other specialties. We also have a dedicated clinical research team based at Regions Hospital available to help with the administration and execution of all research.
This fellowship is the first in the nation to formally establish such a training opportunity, which has been certified by the International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS). Qualified candidates are current PGY-4 orthopedic residents or beyond and must be in or graduated from an accredited US orthopedic residency program and able to obtain a medical license in Minnesota. Interested applicants should send a CV, personal statemen,t and three letters of recommendation (one must be from the residency program director) to Lisa Schroder at email@example.com
Julie Switzer, MD
REGIONS HOSPITAL / UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA COMBINED ADULT RECONSTRUCTION TRAUMA
The University of Minnesota / Regions Hospital offers a Combined Adult Reconstruction Trauma Fellowship under fellowship director Scott Marston, MD.
This fellowship is a one-year training experience that will emphasize all aspects of adult reconstruction surgery including trauma, arthritis, and post traumatic reconstruction. The fellow will participate in a high volume total joint practice including both primary and revisions with the latest technologies in TJA, including direct anterior total hip arthroplasty. Successful completion of the fellowship includes the execution of two publishable manuscripts, one adult reconstruction and one trauma. To accomplish these goals, the fellow will have access to the University of Minnesota Biomechanical Laboratory and the Regions Hospital Trauma Research Center. These labs feature state-of-the art resources. We also have a dedicated clinical research team based at Regions Hospital who are available to help with the administration and execution of all research.
Qualified candidates are current PGY-4 orthopedic residents or beyond and must be in or graduated from an accredited U.S. orthopedic residency program and able to obtain a medical license in Minnesota. Interested applicants should send a CV, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation (one must be from the residency program director) to Michelle Stepka, education program specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Marston, MD
Core program for the following subspecialties:
The Minnesota Hand Surgery Fellowship, sponsored by the HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education at Regions Hospital, is a one-year, ACGME-accredited (2632621037) program. The University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery is a participating site. The program provides fellows with a broad spectrum of hand surgery experience. Fellows will manage complex hand trauma including microvascular work at two Level 1 trauma centers, challenging congenital hand differences at Gillette Children’s hospital, and common elective hand procedures at our outpatient clinic and ambulatory surgery centers. The fellowship provides funding and administrative help for fellows to complete a clinical research or quality improvement project. On-call responsibility is six nights per month. Completion of an approved residency in orthopedic, plastic or general surgery is required for acceptance. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Fellows enter the program through the National Resident match program.
Applications can be submitted through the American Society for Surgery of the Hand portal here.
Christina M. Ward, MD
The Sports Medicine fellowship at TRIA Orthopedic Center is a one-year, ACGME-accredited (2682611090) clinical fellowship that is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery. We have three fellowship positions per year, and participate through the SF Match Program.
For more information, visit TRIA's website