Shadowing & Observation

Shadowing & Observation

Graduate Student and Post-Professional

If you are a medical professional or a graduate student required to complete observation hours as part of your course work, contact our observation program at or 952-806-5603 to speak with one of our education coordinators.


At this time, TRIA does not offer any multiple day/week/month internship opportunities.

A Day in the Life of an Orthopaedic Specialist

2020 Program Important Notice

Due to the pandemic, our Day in the Life program has been placed on hold until further notice. We will continue monitoring the situation and post updates here when information becomes available. Thank you for your understanding.  

Program Summary

This classroom lecture style course is a prerequisite to scheduling an observation at TRIA.  It will provide you with information about all the specialties listed below. We will also touch on other topics, including schooling/program requirements, getting into practice/the work force, and what a typical day is like for an orthopedic specialist. During the TRIA experience, you will hear about our philosophy on patient centered care, learn about a few of our unique programs, and view a previously recorded ACL reconstruction. Our education coordinator will work with you to schedule ONE four hour observation to occur within 60 days of the program.

Program Objectives

  • Gain a general introduction to TRIA and the orthopedic profession.
  • Become acquainted with the specific roles of different orthopedic specialists, allowing for future opportunities to directly observe a specialist in a clinical or ambulatory environment.
  • Obtain a clear understanding of the requirements and education needed to pursue a career in various orthopedic careers.
  • Introduction to available resources and how to utilize them.

Primary areas of focus include

  • Physical Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Orthopedic Physician
  • Medical School, Residency, Fellowship
  • Athletic Training
  • Surgical Observation

Additionally, we may touch on the following topics

  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Radiology Technologists
  • Surgical Technician

*Topics are subject to change

Observation After the Program

After attending this course, you will be allowed ONE four hour observation in an orthopedic specialty of your choice. An evaluation request will be emailed to you and must be completed within one week. Our Education Coordinator will contact you to either confirm an observation or work with you to find an available date/time.


There is no charge to attend this course.

Please note our registration process requires obtaining parent/guardian approval prior to signing up for the program. Entering your parent/guardian contact number confirms you have received their approval to attend the course.


  • You must be 16 or older. 
  • You must attend this program before you can observe at TRIA.
  • If you intend to schedule an observation; TRIA requires a copy of your immunization record; including MMR and Hepatitis B. (copy to be retained by TRIA)