Education & Didactics

Education & Didactics

Overview About the Program Education and Didactics Rotation Schedule Fellowship Faculty
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Current Fellows and Alumni


Education is one of the founding principles of TRIA Orthopaedic Center and our fellowship program is the cornerstone of this. Our education program is designed to provide comprehensive training and exposure to develop well-rounded skilled sports medicine surgeons. For specific benefit of the fellows, there are weekly didactic sessions covering orthopedic surgery and primary care sports medicine topics.  There are also monthly journal clubs, case discussion conferences (including M & M), physical therapy and musculoskeletal radiologist lectures/interactives.  Throughout the year there are professional development interactives that cover topics of practice management.  Fellows also attend local, regional and national meetings.  Additionally there are opportunities for surgical skills and anatomy labs.

Surgical Skills Laboratory

Our on-site Surgical Skills laboratory provides a tremendous opportunity for fellows to gain knowledge in anatomy, procedure development and refinement, and innovative/scholarly work.  At least 7-8 labs are performed during the academic year.  Typical labs performed include: ACL and multi-ligament reconstruction, knee osteotomy, shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, open shoulders procedures, including shoulder instability and arthroplasty.


Our fellows will complete and be part of the entire process of a research project and an editorial article or book chapter as assigned by Faculty.  They will participate in the Institute research meetings (SSG) throughout their fellowship year. The fellow will meet with the research team upon arrival in August, submit their new project idea at the first SSG meeting, and present the research idea at the Fall Institute Board meeting.  By November the IRB should be submitted, and work on the project can begin as soon as approved.  The fellow will take December to May to work on the project, providing updates to the Institute Manager and to the SSG at the meetings.  The expectation is to have each fellow present their work in July,  at the Big10 Meeting at the AOSSM Annual Conference.  The Manager of Research, along with our Research Scientists and Medical Director, serve to facilitate research by the staff and others affiliated with TRIA.  All are available to the Fellows for consultation and/or guidance on study design, data management, statistical analysis, discussion, presentation, and publication of research.

Physical/Occupational Therapy Conference

This is an educational opportunity for the fellows to gain knowledge and experience in the science of musculoskeletal rehabilitation.  This series of interactive lectures focuses on the rehabilitative science of the orthopaedic patient.  Fellows gain experience in the basic science behind rehabilitation modalities, how to appropriately order/refer to a therapy specialist, typical rehabilitation protocols, and how to effectively communicate with a physical/occupational therapy specialists to best care for the patient.  Licensed therapists will introduce and lead the conference, followed by an open discussion.

Musculoskeletal Radiology Conferences

This conference is an educational opportunity for the fellows to gain knowledge and experience in musculoskeletal imaging, including fundamental knowledge of MRI basic science, referrals (ordering imaging studies), and MRI interpretation.  The fellows and the radiologists will identify/bring interesting and/or complex cases for group discussion and interpretation.

Professional Development

Our Program offers an annual educational stipend for our fellows to attend local and national meetings.

  • Annual AOSSM (July) – mandatory
  • Annual AAOS (March) or AANA (April)
  • AOSSM Fellows Course (July) – mandatory (Fellowship primer)
  • International Sports Medicine Fellows Conference in Carlsbad, California (January)
  • TRIA Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Conference (February)
  • Local meetings: Minnesota Orthopaedic Society or Mayo Clinic Rochester Shoulder Course (Spring)
  • Fischbone Society Alumni/Faculty Retreat Meeting (July/August)
  • International Experience (Health Volunteers Overseas-HVO)