About the Program

About the Program

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Learn About the Fellowship Program Tour TRIA Bloomington

The fellowship program was founded in 1987. The founder and first director was David A. Fischer, MD. The program grew to two fellows in 1990, and then to three fellows in 1997. There are 86 graduates as of July 2021. While the brick and mortar have changed over the years, the faculty’s commitment to education and surgical training has not. The faculty are proud of our history and committed to continue providing a high level of fellowship training. 

Our Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of clinical, surgical and research opportunities, as well as exposure to sports team coverage and training room experiences. Our fellowship faculty maintain active clinical practices focusing on the care of the elite and recreational athlete. Our faculty are team physicians for the Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota Wild (NHL), Minnesota Whitecaps (NWHL), University of Minnesota Gopher Athletics, and Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Minnesota Magicians junior hockey team. We are also highly involved in local and regional amateur and professional events. Research is also an important pillar of the program. Our faculty are conducting research projects and scholarly work, as we believe they are fundamental pieces in training of the next generation orthopedic surgeons.

Graduating fellows represent the full spectrum of orthopedic practice, from full-time academicians to private practice clinicians. A number serve as team physicians for high school, collegiate, and professional sports teams. Finally, many of our former fellows have leadership roles in our professional societies and serve as Residency and Fellowship program directors.

Welcome Message from our Program Director Gary B. Fetzer, MD:


Welcome to the TRIA Orthopaedic Center Fellowship Program website.  On behalf of the faculty, I want to thank you for your interest in our program. Education is one of the cornerstones of the mission here at TRIA. The goal of our one year ACGME-accredited orthopedic surgery sports medicine and shoulder fellowship is to equip graduating fellows with the clinical, professional, and personal skills necessary to become leaders in orthopedics and the community. You will find that our accomplished faculty and staff are dedicated to your education and professional development. We have over 30 years of history and experience of training orthopedic sports medicine fellows and have a strong alumni base. We are very proud of our program opportunities and our future growth. Please contact us with interest or questions.