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Graduate medical education in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic

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The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, includes a group of more than 50 surgical, research, and clinical consultants. Our physicians work in an integrated and cooperative group practice that cares for more than 66,000 patients each year.


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Orthopedic Surgery Residency (Minnesota): Program overview


Orthopedic Surgery Residency (Minnesota): Program overview

Unique program highlights include:

  • Rotating in all subspecialty areas throughout your training in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Highly specialized training with expert physicians and surgeons who hold joint appointments in radiology, plastic surgery, infectious diseases, oncology, neurologic surgery, and pathology
  • Gradually assuming increased responsibility for patient care
  • Opportunity to serve as a team physician for one of the local high schools or junior colleges
  • A unique mentorship model that pairs you with a consultant surgeon for each rotation, working one-on-one with him or her for the duration of each rotation (typically 13 weeks)
  • Excellent research opportunities including the Master's Research Program, the Clinician-Investigator Training Program, and Clinical and Translational Research Training.

After completing the program, you'll have the experience to evaluate and treat most orthopedic conditions with confidence.

Orthopedic resident in the classroom at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Your training experience

As a resident at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

More about the curriculum

More about our residents

Jonathan Barlow, M.D.

Director's welcome

Welcome to the Orthopedic Surgery Residency. With more than 100 years of experience, we’ve developed an excellent program where you’ll learn how to be a high-quality, efficient orthopedic surgeon.

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The Orthopedic Surgery Residency fulfills the requirements for training as defined by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Program history

The Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Minnesota began in 1910. Since then, more than 900 physicians have completed our residency.

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