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The pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is a one-year clinical fellowship that is affiliated with the University of Minnesota’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Mayo Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Suergery. This fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Gillette has one fellowship position per year and participates through the San Francisco (SF) Match system.

At Gillette, we provide a wide range of care for a variety of congenital and acquired musculoskeletal problems in typically developing children as well as those who have neuromuscular and genetic conditions. For example, Gillette is a world leader in providing care for children who have cerebral palsy and spina bifida. The James R. Gage Center for Gait and Motion Analysis is recognized nationally and internationally for its clinical work and research. Learn more about the wide range of conditions we treat at Gillette.

Comprehensive Training

The Gillette fellow will work with the diverse group of Gillette orthopedic faculty for 9 months of this year. Our pediatric orthopedic staff is one of the largest in the five-state region. We have a number of orthopedic surgeons who have additional expertise in subspecialty areas such as hand and upper extremity surgery, limb deformity surgery and complex spine deformity surgery. They will spend 3 months working with the orthopedic staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

In addition to being immersed in pediatric orthopedics, our fellow gains experience with our interdisciplinary model of care. A hallmark of Gillette, this model of care allows fellows to collaborate with professionals in a variety of other disciplines including medical, rehabilitative, nursing and orthotics. Together the team uses its collective expertise to develop unique treatment strategies for each patient and family. This model enhances communication among providers and aligns treatment goals. Gillette also offers orthotics, prosthetics and seating services, where experts design custom orthoses, wheelchair seating systems, prostheses and more.

See the fellowship curriculum to learn more.

Extended Learning Opportunities

The pediatric orthopedic staff surgeons at Gillette provide acute orthopedic trauma care at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minneapolis (a pediatric Level I Trauma Center) and St. Paul. Each has a busy emergency department, offering the fellow the opportunity to participate in pediatric orthopedic trauma care. We also have a vibrant research department (no fellow is expected to be involved in clinical research). The fellow will also go through a program to become a certified gait analysis interpreter. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to attend and participate in numerous conferences.

Commitment to Teaching

The faculty and staff at Gillette have a very strong commitment to teaching, and the culture at Gillette is one of outstanding patient care and unparalleled resident and fellow education and training. We are proud of the fellows who have completed our program, all of whom are now working at national or international institutions.

Contact Information

Deadline for application is: December 31. Dates for interviews are yet to be determined.

Program Director: Alison Schiffern, MD
651-578-5061 /

Associate Program Director: Jennifer Laine, MD
651-578-5061 /

Program Coordinator: Deb Berny
651-229-3948 /

Learn more about our orthopedics team at Gillette.

Application Process

Our fellowship program selects a candidate from among eligible applicants, based on educational history and performance, relevant board and licensing exam scores, interpersonal skills, and personal attributes, such as integrity and motivation. Personal attributes are evaluated on the basis of applicant references and overall interviews.

University of Minnesota Graduate Medical Education contact:
Carol Sundberg, 612-626-3317

To apply for the fellowship, visit SF Match Residency and Fellowship Services.