Wound Medicine

Wound Medicine Fellowship

It’s been estimated that more than 6.5 million people are affected by chronic wounds, costing more than $40 billion annually. Fellowship training in Wound Medicine plays an important role in quality patient care, as well as in ensuring positive outcomes for patients. Join us on a journey to be an early contributor to the emerging subspecialty of Wound Medicine for a truly multidisciplinary fellowship experience. 

Physician cleaning a wound

The Department of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Wound Medicine Fellowship is a 12-month multidisciplinary experience, newly approved in September 2021. One fellow will be accepted on an annual basis. Find the application requirements and materials in the How to Apply tab below.

Fellowship Overview

Wound medicine is a complex field that spans nearly every facet of healthcare. As the field emerges as a subspecialty, this unaccredited 12-month fellowship will provide a structured approach to wound medicine education, with an emphasis on increasing positive patient outcomes and decreasing risks of recurrence. Fellows will receive clinical and didactic education in acute wound management, chronic wound management, atypical wound care management, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, appropriate use and evaluation of wound dressings,  bioengineered skin substitutes, wound matrix, tissue regeneration programs, and appropriate patient education on wound care.

Fellows can expect to train across a diverse spectrum of specialties including, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Plastic Surgery, Dermatology, Infectious Disease, Hyperbaric Medicine, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Vascular Medicine and Podiatry. Other electives will be available in specialties such as Endocrinology,  Rheumatology, Hematology and Oncology, Nutrition, and Orthotics and Prosthetics. 

Program Manual

Program Aims

  • Support opportunities to individualize the fellowship program to match the objectives of the trainee
  • Maintain a diverse faculty and patient group to create a balanced and varied educational experience
  • Educate and train fellows in superior patient care
  • Foster an environment for personal learning and research in the field of wound medicine
  • Facilitate learning activities that will prepare the fellow to meet requirements for subspecialty certification in wound medicine.

Sites and Rotations

Fellows will train across the M Health Fairview landscape to expose trainees to the entire spectrum of wound medicine, from acute care to management of chronic wounds, across a wide variety of medical specialties. Additionally, fellows will work within the Hennepin Healthcare system to gain experience with unique hyperbaric oxygen therapies and at Regions Hospital for acute wounds, including burns. Fellows will also have opportunities to hold their own clinics to maintain and hone their skills in their primary specialty throughout the fellowship year.

How to Apply

Application Process
The number of postgraduate fellows in wound medicine is limited to one fellow for the 2023-2024 academic year. Eligible applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in General Surgery, Internal Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, OB/Gyn, Family Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Orthopedic Surgery, General Surgery, Neuromuscular Medicine (AOA), Preventive Medicine (AOA), Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Plastic Surgery, or Vascular Surgery and be board-eligible or board-certified in their specialty. The number of postgraduate fellows in wound medicine is limited to one fellow per academic year at this time, though the program is approved for five, if needed. This ensures that the fellow will have the greatest accessibility to all the resources of the department. All fellowships are one year in duration.
Application Materials

  • Application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (LoR)
    One faculty LoR from applicant’s residency director
    Two additional LoRs.

Additional Eligibility and Interview Information/Requirements

  • We are not able to accept candidates on J1 or H1-B visas
  • Exceptionally qualified candidates that do not meet initial eligibility criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis.