Fellowships

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:

About

The Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical Center is a one-year, ACGME-accredited (2612621025) clinical fellowship 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. The fellowship provides a broad training experience in the diagnosis, management, and surgical treatment of adult reconstructive disorders. Fellows are exposed to clinical problems spanning the breadth of complexity - from minimally invasive procedures, such as hip arthroscopy, to multiply revised joint replacements with substantial structural bone loss. In addition, problems ranging from osteoarthritis to complex revision joint replacements are encountered routinely. The University of Minnesota provides an ideal setting for the fellowship training program.

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Faculty

Program director:

Edward Y. Cheng, MD

Program coordinator:

Carol Skaja-Jacobsen
cskajaja@umn.edu 
Phone: 612-273-7951 
Fax: 612-273-7959

Fellowship Program Core Faculty:

Joan Bechtold, PhD
Edward Y. Cheng, MD
Mark T. Dahl, MD
Paul Hoogervorst, MD
Patrick K. Horst, MD
Patrick M. Morgan, MD

About

This fellowship is a collaboration between the Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery. Our twelve-month fellowship takes place at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC). The fellowship program strives to develop innovative surgeons that have strong surgical, academic, and leadership skills necessary for their career. During the year, the fellow will spend time in the outpatient clinic and operating room devoted to patient care responsibilities. Fellows are given clinical and surgical responsibilities commensurate with their capabilities and experience. There is minimal inpatient work since this is assigned to residents and nurse practitioners. Fellows are welcome to scrub in on any and all surgical cases. The primary responsibility of the fellow is planning surgical cases and providing both surgical and outpatient assistance. Secondary responsibilities include teaching residents, and giving educational presentations. One of the requirements for graduation from the program is completion of a research project.

Fellows are exposed to the management of pediatric and adult cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and pelvic cases, treating degenerative, deformity, extradural tumor, tumor infection, and fracture disorders. This variety provides the fellow with the opportunity to tailor their education to their area(s) of interest in all spinal regions. Fellows also have the opportunity to utilize state-of-the art intraoperative technology including the O-ARM®, robotic guidance technology, intraoperative neuro-monitoring technology and surgical navigation, and more. 

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People

Program director: 

David W. Polly Jr., MD

Program coordinator: 

Erik Solberg
esolberg@umn.edu
612-273-1313

Fellowship program core faculty:

David W. Polly Jr., MD
Kristen Jones, MD, FAANS

Christopher Martin, MD
Jonathan Sembrano, MD

 

REGIONS HOSPITAL / UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA

About

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.

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People

Program director: 

Peter A. Cole, MD
Peter.A.Cole@HealthPartners.com

Program coordinator: 

Tricia Corbo
Tricia.L.Corbo@Healthpartners.com
Phone: 651-254-3247 
Fax: 651-254-1519

REGIONS HOSPITAL / UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA GERIATRIC ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA

About

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 lisa.k.schroder@healthpartners.com

People

Director:

Julie Switzer, MD

Program Coordinator:

Lisa Schroder
lisa.k.schroder@healthpartners.com

REGIONS HOSPITAL / UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA COMBINED ADULT RECONSTRUCTION TRAUMA

About

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 michelle.m.stepka@healthpartners.com

People

Director:

Scott Marston, MD

Program Coordinator:

Tricia Corbo
Tricia.L.Corbo@Healthpartners.com
Phone: 651-254-3247 
Fax: 651-254-1519

 

Core program for the following subspecialties:

HAND SURGERY

About

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.

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Applications can be submitted through the American Society for Surgery of the Hand portal here.

People

Director: 

Christina M. Ward, MD

Christina.M.Ward@healthpartners.com

Program coordinator: 

Khue Yang

Khue.X.Yang@healthpartners.com

 

Sports Medicine

About

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