Training Experience:

  • Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Procedures
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Hamstring Repairs
  • Knee Osteotomies
  • Cartilage and Meniscal Transplantation
  • Hip and Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Professional and Collegiate Team Coverage
  • Community Sporting Events

Case Volume:

  • 450+ Cases
  • 750+ Procedures


  • Salary $75,000
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Family Health and Dental Insurance Coverage
  • 20 PTO Days


  • Moonlighting allowed (Program Director approval needed)


1 year: August 1 through July 31

About the Program:

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 89 graduates as of July 2022. 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. 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.

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