Orthopaedic Fellowships

HCMC offers two simultaneous and complementary fellowship pathways; one focused solely on trauma and one on trauma with arthroplasty.

Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship

One-year fellowship program with a focus on the acute management of orthopaedic trauma patients.

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About Our Program

Since its foundation in 1983 by Dr. Ramon Gustillo, the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center delivers advanced clinical training in a diverse, multi-cultural patient environment. The fellowship includes dedicated time with Drs. David Templeman and Andrew Schmidt, as well as time with other trauma faculty. We match one fellow per year in this pathway.

Our one-year program is ideal for those planning to practice orthopaedic trauma as their primary specialty.

Twin Cities Trauma & Arthroplasty Fellowship

One-year fellowship program with a shared focus on orthopaedic trauma and joint reconstruction

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About Our Program

The Twin Cities arthroplasty and trauma fellowship is ideal for the candidate who wishes to practice in trauma with additional skills in complex athroplasty or an arthroplasty-minded surgeon who wishes to have better trauma skills. The arthroplasty fellow works together with the trauma fellow, though on a different schedule. We match one fellow into this pathway.

What sets us apart

  • Diverse clinical experience. Most time is spent at Hennepin County Medical Center, a pubic safety net hospital serving the local population, the Minneapolis suburbs and much of North and South Dakota. Time is also spent at North Memorial Medical Center, a private level 1 trauma center in North Minneapolis, for additional experience in pelvis and acetabular surgery.
  • Collegial, academic environment. Our faculty are practicing physicians with a commitment to education. Fellows work daily with specialists, residents, and colleagues across disciplines—a mix that encourages constant discussion, analysis, and a scholarly approach to patient problems. As an academic system, we maintain a long tradition of cooperative teamwork that leads to great patient care.
  • Clinical research opportunities. Fellows in our one-year program actively pursue a clinical research project of their choice. Each fellow develops a project for presentation at a national or regional scientific meeting or for publication.
  • Advanced technology. Across our sites, fellows work with the latest technology. HCMC operates a completely paperless environment, with Level 7 implementation of the Epic electronic medical records system.

About Our Facility

Hennepin County Medical Center
The Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Fellowships are based within the main HCMC campus, which spans five city blocks in downtown Minneapolis and houses in-patient and ambulatory services, our Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, the region’s highest volume Emergency Department, and numerous specialty clinics—all within a single facility.

We handle cases at all levels of severity, including day-to-day emergencies and disaster response. We also provide the entire spectrum of care for injured patients, from pre-hospital care and transport through rehabilitation.s

In addition to training at HCMC, fellows may operate at an additional hospital site in Minneapolis and have opportunities to do research:

  • North Memorial Medical Center
  • Clinical Research: J.R. Westberg is the director of clinical research at HCMC and coordinates all local and national studies. HCMC is an active participant in the METRC consortium as well as several other international and industry trials.
  • Excelen Institute is the basic science research wing of the Orthopaedic Surgery department. It is led by Joan Bechtold, PhD, who specializes in basic science research related to bone biology and biomechanics. Dr Bechtold is a professor at the University of Minnesota and has been working at HCMC for over 30 years. She is active in the OTA, ORS, and other orthopaedic research groups. Excelen’s facilities include the Excelen cadaver lab and the biomechanics lab. It is located in an adjacent building to the main HCMC facility.

Contact us

Claudia Miller

Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-4220
Email: claudia.miller@hcmed.org
Hennepin County Medical Center
701 Park Avenue, G2.140
Minneapolis MN 55415