Goals and Characteristics
This is a one-year fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), the Level 1 Trauma Center of the Hennepin Healthcare system. This position offers a broad exposure to orthopedic trauma with a specific focus on pelvic and acetabular fractures. HCMC annually admits more than 1,900 orthopedic patients and performs more 2,500 surgical procedures. We treat over 15,000 orthopedic outpatients each year.
The primary faculty includes OTA members Drs. Kyle,Templeman, Schmidt, Mirick Mueller, and Wagstrom. In addition to this fellowship, we also have a second fellowship which focuses on geriatric trauma and arthroplasty. The pelvic and acetabular fellow has exposure to arthroplasty but to a lesser extent than the trauma arthroplasty fellow. Other orthopedic faculty include Dr. Nancy Luger (sports), Dr. Thomas Varecka (upper extremity), Dr. George Hanson (arthroplasty) and Dr. Jessica Downes (foot and ankle). All of our faculty are fellowship trained.
All trauma work at HCMC is staff-driven with a daily assigned trauma staff and x-ray rounds. There is a trauma room available daily and excellent OR availability on nights and weekends. HCMC trauma fellows actively participate in teaching University of Minnesota orthopedic residents who rotate at HCMC in their third and fifth years. Each trauma fellow takes home call at the chief resident level one night per week and one weekend per month. The call schedule includes a PGY3 resident from the University of Minnesota, a chief/fellow, and one of our faculty as listed. Orthopedics does not cover spine or hand replantation at HCMC.
Conferences include a weekly citywide orthopedic and musculoskeletal trauma conference, fracture conference, and journal club each staffed by faculty. Additionally, fellows participate in the monthly Twin Cities Trauma Collaboration meeting which combines fellows, staff, and research teams from Regions Hospital. Fellows will attend the OTA Fellows Course in the spring and have opportunities to attend the OTA and AAOS annual meetings as well as other courses throughout the year.
Research opportunities and funding are available. A fully staffed biomechanics lab and bio skills center exist on site, as well as support staff for clinical research run by our department. One day a week is reserved for research activities and one day a week is spent in clinic.
The candidate must be eligible for a Minnesota medical license which requires graduation from an accredited residency program in the U.S.
This fellowship is accredited by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and participates in the OTA/SF match program. Completion of this program provides the Fellow with the credentials to serve as an Orthopedic Trauma Director at an ACS Level I or II trauma center and chief of a joint replacement department.
Graduates of the Hennepin Trauma Fellowship have pursued both academic and private practice careers. Our academic alumni are currently represented at HCMC (Wagstrom), Ohio State University, Mayo Clinic, Campbell Clinic, Vanderbilt, U of Iowa, U of Florida, Medical College of Wisconsin, U of Massachusetts and Good Samaritan Hospital, New York.