About the Department of Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program
Why choose Minnesota?
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.
Residency Program Brochure (Digital Book)
Virtual Tours of Our Rotation Sites
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.