PGY-1 Residents Casting
The residency program at the University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery provides a comprehensive educational experience in the management of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system for the physician seeking accreditation as an orthopedic surgeon. The goal of our program is to train ethical, competent orthopedic surgeons as leaders with a commitment to lifelong learning and advancing our profession with service to all people.


Curriculum Overview

  • PGY-1
  • PGY-2 & PGY-3
  • PGY-4
  • PGY-5
  • Core Curriculum & Grand Rounds Calendar
  • PGY-1

    The PGY-1 year includes six months of structured education on non-orthopedic rotations, including surgery, emergency medicine, surgical intensive care, neurological surgery, anesthesiology, and six months of orthopedics.

  • PGY-2 & PGY-3

    Rotations during the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years provide a comprehensive background working with faculty to provide a solid base in general orthopedics, adult reconstruction, pediatric orthopedics, traumatology, and exposure to sports medicine.

  • PGY-4

    During the PGY-4 year, specialty rotations in foot and ankle, hand, joints, musculoskeletal tumor, spine and sports are the focus of the curriculum; residents also revisit pediatrics with an emphasis on trauma. 

  • PGY-5

    The PGY-5 year completes the program and is spent completing chief rotations at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, and Regions Hospital, as well as additional experience in sports medicine and career development.

  • Core Curriculum & Grand Rounds Calendar

Training sites

University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview

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.

Hennepin County Medical Center 

Provides trauma rotations for the residency program. It is a level I trauma center with a faculty of nationally distinguished traumatologists. A wide range of multi-system trauma is treated with over 2,500 operative cases and 17,000 orthopedic visits annually.

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare 

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

Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center 

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

Regions Hospital St. Paul 

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

TRIA Orthopedic Center 

TRIA is a specialty orthopedic hospital. This center includes rotations in sports, hand, and foot and ankle.


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

Stipend information

This webpage provides access to information regarding stipends such as pay dates, current rates, applicable policies, analyses used 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 located here.

GME contact: Carol Sundberg, or 612-626-3317



Simulations provide residents with experience that supplements clinical care. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery uses a number of simulations to effectively train residents, these include:

G1 Skills Week - Each of our main clinical sites sponsors a day of instruction and hands-on practice in foundational orthopedic skills. Highlights include simulated wire navigation, fracture reduction with external fixator placement, and microsuturing skills.
TRIA Anatomy Lab-PGY-2 Residents participate in eight gross anatomy dissection labs at TRIA under chief resident and faculty guidance.
Gillette Simulation Series-PGY-2 Residents acquire essential pediatric surgical skills through the Gillette simulation series. The curriculum includes lectures and simulations in supracondylar fracture management, pelvic osteotomy, and Ponseti casting.
Arthroplasty Skills Lab-PGY-2 through PGY-5 residents participate in knee and shoulder arthroscopy skills labs at TRIA. Residents learn fundamental and advanced shoulder and knee procedures through an adaptive curriculum.
Hand Skills Lab-All residents participate in the annual hand skills lab. PGY-3,4 and 5 residents complete competency testing in carpal tunnel and trigger finger release procedures using cadaveric specimens.

The 2020 James House, MD, Lectureship and Hand Skills Educational Day was virtual for the first time in two decades due to COVID-19 restrictions. The department innovated using 3-D printed hands to complete k-wire navigation training in a simulated environment. 

Watch Virtual Hand Skills Day >>

Arthroscopy Cadaveric Labs-During rotations at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, residents participate in total hip, total knee, and total ankle arthroscopy cadaveric labs.

Anatomy Labs

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

  • Cervical Spine, anterior and posterior
  • Thoracic Spine, anterior and posterior; Lumbrosacral Spine
  • Elbow and Forearm; Hand and Wrist
  • Scapula and Shoulder; Brachial Plexus
  • Hip and Thigh
  • Pelvis and Acetabulum; Lumbrosacral Plexus
  • Thigh and Knee
  • Leg, Foot and Ankle

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 regarding 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 Erik Solberg with questions.