Our residency program includes educational and research opportunities that provide a balanced educational experience.
The Orthopedic Surgery Residency embraces the metro area of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and provides training at six key institutions, with a faculty of more than 60 regionally and nationally known orthopedic surgeons. We are a nationally recognized and highly competitive program and will provide an education that is an excellent basis for a career as a general orthopedist, orthopedic subspecialist, or academic orthopedic surgeon. We train competent, ethical, and board certifiable orthopedic surgeons.
Professor and Vice Chair of Education, Ann Van Heest, MD, is dedicated to educating future orthopedic surgeons, treating children with hand and upper extremity conditions, and research. As a graduate of both the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, Dr. Van Heest shares what she loves about her career in academic orthopedics.
- PGY-2 & PGY-3
- Core Curriculum & Grand Rounds Calendar
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Provides pediatric orthopedic rotations for the residency program with a faculty of ten fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons.
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.
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 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.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-626-3317
Links & Forms
- 2020/2021 Orthopedic Surgery Resident Policy & Procedure Manual
- Residency Google Site (requires x.500)
- Residency Program Academic Calendar
- Workers Compensation, Needle Sticks, and Blood Borne Pathogen Exposure (BBPE) Management First Report of Injury
Rules, Procedures & FAQs
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.
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.
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.
Surgical Case Logs
One of the methods used for evaluation of competence in this program is the ACGME web-based operative case log. Please contact Erik Solberg with questions.
ACGME Case Log System: