Orthotics and Prosthetics Residencies
Gillette Children’s is a non-profit hospital dedicated to providing specialized healthcare to children and adults with complex and rare medical conditions. We’re located in St. Paul, Minnesota and in multiple locations throughout the state. Our clinics provide team-based, specialty care for persons with childhood onset neuromuscular and orthopedic disorders. Our prosthetists and orthotists work closely with physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and others on the healthcare team in both inpatient and outpatient settings to provide exceptional, coordinated patient care. Our pediatric hospital is unique in that we provide life-long care to our patients. This means that residents working with our O&P team have the opportunity to see and treat a wide variety of ages (pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics), diagnoses and complexities that often require creative orthotic/prosthetic solutions.
O&P Residency Philosophy
We view O&P residency as an extension of learning. Therefore we focus on the resident’s clinical learning needs and goals to prepare them for independent practice. During the first few weeks of orientation, residents familiarize themselves with our systems and complete practice projects used to assess current skills and areas for improvement. This helps orient and focus learning objectives for the first quarter. Initially, residents work at one to two metro area sites with specific mentors focused on helping them move from observing to assisting and/or relative autonomy. This will typically be done by taking specific patient projects start through finish and follow-up under mentor/technician supervision. These skills will continue to be built upon during subsequent quarters as the resident develops greater relative autonomy and completes their competencies. Throughout this progress, we focus opportunities for the resident to continue to grow and learn as a clinician. Residents ultimately will rotate between three locations in the metro area (St. Paul Main Campus, St. Paul Phalen Adult, and Burnsville) with specific aims for learning at each site.
Additional learning opportunities may include, but are not limited to:
- Completing specific orthoses/prostheses through all clinical and technical aspects
- Communicating with our in-house central fabrication technicians
- Routine feedback from mentors and expectation of self-assessment after patient interactions
- Participation in multi-disciplinary clinics
- Participation in multi-organizational O&P focused journal club
- Observation of data collection and analysis in the gait laboratory
- Possible observation of amputation, limb, and/or spinal surgeries
- Discussion with our clinical psychologist to learn ways to mitigate challenging patient care situations
- Regular didactic quizzing and use of various practice models to augment learning
Residency Types & Tracks
We are able to accommodate each combination of residency types (12-month orthotics, 12-month prosthetics or 18-month combined O&P) and tracks (clinical and research). We recommend that residents apply for their primary preferred residency type and track. Applicants open to pursuing additional types or tracks may indicate this under the “Additional discipline/residency program options” question on the application. For example they may apply for a 12-month orthotic clinical track and indicate interest in an 18-month combined O&P clinical track residency on the application question.
Residents who complete their first 12-month residency with us or another organization may extend their credential via a second 12-month residency. In these cases the resident may be able to complete up to one day per week at a specific site in their first discipline. Although we feel that it is important to maintain competency in that first discipline, we do not want to do it at the expense of the second one.
Gillette provides a competitive total rewards package and flexible workplace to help you balance your personal and financial needs—now and in the future.
- Medical, Dental, Vision, & Life Insurance
- Health Savings Account & Flexible Spending Account
- Matched Retirement/403(b) Savings Plan & Tuition Reimbursement
- Paid Time Off
- Legal Services, MERSC Discounts, and much more
Although we cannot guarantee employment with us post-residency, we do work hard to create such opportunities. Between 2002 and 2015 we trained 19 residents and retained 90% of them as employees. This continues to be our goal.
Our O&P residency position has been filled through 2022. We next anticipate seeking applications in the fall of 2021 for a summer of 2022 placement. Updates will be posted at this site and on the OPRESCAS portal https://oprescas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.