To make an appointment, call 952.831.TRIA (8742)
Monday - Friday 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

A Day in the Life of an Orthopaedic Specialist

Program Summary

This three hour course will provide you with information about all the specialties listed listed below. We will also touch on other topics, including schooling/program requirements, getting into practice/the work force, and what a typical day is like. During the TRIA experience, you will hear about our philosophy on patient centered care, and a few of our unique programs, including a previously recorded ACL reconstruction. Our education coordinator will work with you to schedule a four hour observation to occur within 60 days of completion of this program.

Program Objectives

  • Gain a general introduction to TRIA Orthopaedic Center and the orthopaedic profession.
  • Become acquainted with the specific roles of different orthopaedic specialists, allowing for future opportunities to directly observe a specialist in a clinical or ambulatory environment.
  • Obtain a clear understanding of the requirements and education needed to pursue a career in various orthopaedic roles.
  • Introduction to available resources and how to utilize them.

Primary areas of focus include:

Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Medical School, Residency, Fellowship
Surgical Observation

Additionally, we will touch on the following topics:

Athletic Training
Occupational Therapy
Radiation Technician
Surgical Technician
*Please note, topics are subject to change

Observation After the Program

After attending this course, you will be allowed one 4 hour observation in an orthopaedic specialty of your choice. The observation must be completed within 60 days after the program date you attended. On the day of the program you attend, you will be required to provide two dates on which you are available to observe. An education coordinator from TRIA will confirm one of your chosen dates with you within two weeks of the program's completion.


There is no charge to attend this course.


  • 2015 dates will be posted soon.


  • You must be 16 or older.
  • You must attend this program before you can observe at TRIA.


  • Please complete the registration form below. You will receive a confirmation prior to the program date once you are registered.
  • Send in a signed copy of the Guidelines and Confidentiality Agreement form. This document must be received prior to the scheduled program date.

    Fax: 952-806-5469

    Mailing Address:
    TRIA Orthopaedic Center
    Research Institute
    8100 Northland Drive
    Bloomington, MN 55431

On the day of the course...

Please bring the following things with you:
  • Two dates you are available to observe.
  • The area in which you would like to observe.
  • A record of your immunizations.

If you are a medical professional or a graduate student required to complete observation hours as part of your course work, please contact our observation program at or (952) 806-5603 to speak with one of our education coordinators.
To make an appointment, call 952.831.TRIA (8742)
Monday - Friday 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.