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Message from our Director
On behalf of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, thank you for the interest in our program. It is the mission of this program to provide residents with the highest-quality educational experience, promote outstanding patient care and support the pursuit of new scientific knowledge. The program is sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and is managed by the orthopedic physicians of Sanford Health.
Sanford Health is one of the largest regional healthcare systems in the country and will serve as the training sites for the residency. As Sanford has grown, it has built a wealth of knowledge in the field of orthopedics. This unique partnership provides the benefit of training in two metropolitan areas (Fargo, N.D., and Sioux Falls, S.D.). It also allows exposure to the rural communities in the upper Midwest who are serviced by Sanford Health. Being a new program, it is our goal to develop a residency program that is state of the art, with the ability to analyze and implement new educational opportunities.
The Orthopedic Residency Program is 60 months in length, with 54 months spent in orthopedic rotations. The residents rotate through Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, and the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. The PGY-3 year is located in Sioux Falls, with housing provided during that year. The program provides residents with both apprenticeship and service-based rotations in order to maximize exposure to a variety of patients. The residents and faculty participate in daily required educational activities. In addition, residents will have an opportunity to develop leadership roles within the community, through integration with local high school or community sports programs. The residents will also be required to participate in both basic science and clinical research. All of the necessary resources are available through the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and Sanford Health.
It is our commitment that upon completion of residency training, residents will be eligible to sit for and pass both parts of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Certification Examination. Just as important, we expect residents to be ready for the challenges of starting either a community-based or academic orthopedic surgery practice. All residents will be given graduated levels of responsibility to prepare them for this goal.
We are very excited about the opportunity to be involved in your education. Please take the time to review our website. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have about the program.