How to Apply

Our residency program has eight positions available, each offered through the Match at the RL-1 level. 

The University of Minnesota has developed a RL-1 through -5 year residency training program, with all years under the direction of the Orthopaedic Surgery Program Director, Ann Van Heest, MD. The first year consists of rotations in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Regions Hospital, along with structured education offered across the Twin Cities in multisystem trauma, plastic surgery, surgical intensive care, emergency medicine, neurological surgery and anesthesiology.

Four years of clinical orthopaedic surgery follow, designed to meet the requirements established by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Residents are trained at six medical centers across the Twin Cities, and are exposed to the best training experience in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area.

Application Process

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The program interviews individuals who graduate from LCME accredited medical schools. More information about applying electronically is available through the ERAS websiteThe Department of Orthopedic Surgery will be using a software application, ScutMonkey, to gather data from ERAS applications in order to easily sort through applications and build our interview lists. Please click here for what this means for you.

Suggestions for a competitive application can be found online through the Medical School website.  You can also access important information about our program through FREIDA Online.

Application Materials

We require three letters of recommendation, and USMLE Step 1 transcript uploaded through ERAS. We require USMLE STEP 2 CS and CK Results uploaded through ERAS in order to be ranked by our program - requirement on hold for 2021 due to Covid-19.

Visa Sponsorship

The J-1 alien physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all UMN graduate medical education programs; therefore, the Department of Orthopedic Surgery Residency program sponsors only J-1 visas. We do not sponsor H-1B visas. More information on the J-1 visa can be found on the UMN-GME webpage.

Dates & Deadlines

You can continue to complete or update your application to us through November 1, 2020. After this date no further updates or new applications will be accepted. You will know the status of your application on November 23. After a review of all applicants, a limited number of candidates will virtually interview with our program director on January 25 or 27, 2021, or February 1, 2021. Virtual faculty panel interviews will take place between January 25 - February 5, 2021. Candidates will be required to interview for two hours on one date during that two week span. 

Applicant matched and unmatched information will be posted to the NRMP website at a date and time to be determined.