Education Program Director, Orthopaedics
University of Minnesota and Regions Hospital
Can you describe your role? How long have you been a part of this program?
“I have been a part of the Orthopaedic Department for 9 years and in my current role as Education Program Director for 5.
I would describe my role as a jack-of-all-trades. I manage all aspects of education within the orthopaedic department. I oversee our medical students, residents, fellows, PA/NP students, observers and visiting international guest surgeons. This includes on-boarding, interviews, schedules, call and conflict management and resolution, just to name a few.”
How many students rotate through your programs in a year?
What do you enjoy the most about the work you do within the Orthopaedic Program?
“I enjoy the variety and challenge that my position offers as well as the people I work with. There is something very satisfying about watching a resident come through as a PGY2 and then again as a PGY5 and seeing how much they have grown knowing you were a small part of that.”
What has been successful in the Orthopaedic Program that you think would be helpful for others to know?
“I would say organization and tracking are key.
With the amount of individuals that come through our department, I created an access database to track everyone. This database classifies each individual, such as a resident, student, what type of student, international visitor, what program they are from, and dates. The nice thing about this is that it is in one location and we are able to pull data in a variety of ways.
How does your work positively impact patient care?
I believe when you have well prepared trainees and an institution that has a strong belief in supporting education, there is no doubt it will have a positive impact on the care the patients receive, whether it is surgical or in the clinic.”