Education & Training

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The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery believes that leadership, scholarship, and education drive clinical excellence.

This core belief guides our mission to achieve top outcomes and top patient experiences. Our vision is to be No. 1 in orthopaedic treatment outcomes and patient experience.

ortho clerkship


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers a variety of electives for both internal and external medical students interested in orthopaedics. The overall goal for the rotation is to have an opportunity to evaluate and treat common orthopaedic conditions.

ortho residents


Our residency program includes educational and research opportunities that provide a balanced educational experience.

ortho fellows


Designed to dovetail with our residency training program, fellowships provide one year of training in subspecialty areas.

Hands-on Education

Our medical student programs include orthopaedic surgery rotations for both orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic-bound medical students. We also provide excellent and innovative graduate medical education for both residents and fellows. Our residency program emphasizes a core curriculum of knowledge, with the goal of producing competent, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons. 

We promote balance between work and personal life, and we value a diverse, exciting, and supportive educational environment.

Altogether, our programs lead the country on simulation teaching for orthopaedic surgery skills as well as innovative competency testing. We promote lifelong orthopaedic learning and we sponsor a robust Grand Rounds program with visiting professors and local scholars.

Diverse Expertise

Our department offers exceptional education programs to medical students, residents, fellows, and orthopaedic surgeons interested in lifelong learning. The faculty members in this department represent experts in every subspecialty area. They excel in their ability to teach cutting-edge orthopaedic surgical concepts and techniques.

Our leadership in the medical school curriculum, under the supervision of Alicia Harrison, MD, and the graduate medical education curriculum, under the leadership of Ann Van Heest, MD, drive an excellent adult learning program in musculoskeletal education.


Residency: Kathleen Javor

MD students: Alyssa Boos

Grand Rounds and other questions:

Contact Education Team

Training Verifications

Send residency and fellowship verification requests for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to Kathleen Javor at:

University of Minnesota
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
2450 Riverside Ave. S., STE R200
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Fax: 612-273-8099
Phone: 612-273-8043