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Orthopaedic Residency

Thank you for your interest in our program. We welcome you and greatly encourage medical students interested in the UM Health-West Orthopaedic Residency Program to participate in a fourth year orthopaedic rotation.

Welcome Letter

Before learning more about the Orthopaedic Residency, please read this welcome message from Dr. Thomas M. Matelic, MD, Orthopaedic Residency Program Director.

Welcome Letter

Dear Prospective Resident,

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the UM Health-West Orthopaedic Department, we want to thank you for your interest in our residency training program.

The Orthopaedic Residency Training Program at UM Health-West is a five-year program with two resident’s per year. Our residency program challenges each resident to reach their full potential as clinicians, surgeons, and healthcare leaders. This is accomplished through a foundation in education and early/often/diverse surgical experiences. The training program focuses on a graduated philosophy to attain a complete skill set required for orthopaedic surgeons.


Our program has clear expectations that senior level residents have a clinical and surgical mastery of orthopaedic pathology and treatment. The program is led by thirty orthopaedic surgeons who provide a broad perspective of each subspecialty. Residents who join our team understand this is a rigorous program that strives for excellence in patient care and didactics. Given our high volume of cases, junior and senior level residents are expected to be involved in the clinical and operative decision-making process. Our didactic curriculum enhances the clinical learning environment with resident participation in weekly faculty-provided education conferences, resident didactic presentations, monthly skill labs and subspecialty journal clubs. Residents who graduate from our program are of the highest quality and continue to be selected for competitive fellowships. Residency is an exciting but challenging experience. Our goal is to develop outstanding orthopaedic surgeons who exemplify the work-life balance and are leaders in their communities.

We look forward to receiving your application and appreciate your interest in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at UM Health-West Hospital.

Thomas M. Matelic, MD
Residency Program Director
UM Health-West-University of Michigan Health
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Application Process and Requirements

Application Process and Requirements

Welcome Orthopaedic Surgery Applicants!
We are so excited and honored that you are interested in pursuing your residency at University of
Michigan Health – West. We welcome you and greatly encourage medical students interested in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program to participate in a fourth year Orthopaedic Surgery rotation.
We hope this information below answers some questions you have regarding the application &
interview process. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at:
[email protected]

Residency Application Requirements:
All applications must come through ERAS.
Letters of Recommendation: Three letters with a minimum of 1+ letter from an Orthopaedic Physician. COMLEX Score 600 or above or USMLE Score 230 or above and have passed on the first attempt (we do not require both).
All applications must be submitted at the latest by November 1st to be considered for an interview.

Interview Information:
Interviews will be held on a Saturday in early January – please contact our Residency Program
Coordinator for details. You will have an opportunity to meet all of the residents and interview with
several faculty. A virtual meet & greet will be held prior to your interview date. This will be with the
residents, Program Director, and Residency Program Coordinator and gives you an opportunity to get to know them before the interview day. This event is optional, but highly encouraged.

VISA Candidates:
University of Michigan Health – West does not generally sponsor Visas for medical residents, subject to the limited instance where the Hospital determines that U.S. citizens or permanent residents of equal training, experience and competence are otherwise unavailable for the residency program at issue.

Meet the Orthopaedic Surgery Residents

PGY 1 Residents

Sonja Hedblom, D.O.
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University

Taylor Keller, D.O.
Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

PGY 2 Residents

Matthew Klassen, D.O.
Medical School: ATSU COM – Kirksville

Winston Yen, D.O.
Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine- New York

PGY 3 Residents

Alexander Nail, D.O.
Medical School: Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jarrett Warden, M.D.
Medical School: University of Wisconsin Medical School

PGY 4 Residents

Sean Beyer, D.O.
Medical School: Michigan State COM

Matthew Gibbs, D.O.
Medical School: Des Moines University COM

PGY 5 Residents

Daniel Gerow, D.O.       
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

For More Information

Program Director – Dr. Thomas M. Matelic

Contact Chelsea Andrews, Residency Program Coordinator