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Orthopedic Residency Program Established by Sanford and UND

Jun 26, 2017 10:39AM ● By Digital Media Director

Sanford Health and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences have collaborated to launch an Orthopedic Residency Program set to begin next summer.

The program is funded by Sanford Health and sponsored by the UND SMHS. This first-of-its-kind program in North and South Dakota creates three residency positions per year that will study in both Fargo and Sioux Falls, eventually resulting in 15 residents training at a time during the five-year program.

Residents will see a wide range of orthopedic disorders for adults and pediatric patients that include adult reconstruction, orthopedic trauma, spine, hand, foot, ankle, amputations, athletic injuries and orthopedic oncology. They will also focus on research.

“Given the exceedingly high demand for physicians nationwide, it’s imperative that Sanford get involved with educating the next generation of orthopedic surgeons,” says Bruce Piatt, MD, Sanford orthopedic physician and UND SMHS Orthopedic Residency Program director. “As a teaching hospital, Sanford is drawn to the importance of education and teaching tomorrow’s physicians to prepare for the future needs of our community. We know that a majority of physicians stay and practice where they are trained.”

Residents will spend time in Fargo and Sioux Falls working with surgeons and providers in each region. Sanford Fargo and Sioux Falls currently have residency education for internal medicine, family medicine, general surgery and psychiatry.