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Department of

Orthopaedic Surgery


Each fellow sees thousands of clinical patients during their year and typically participate in over 600 surgical cases. These large exposures, coupled with the fact that they work with a variety of surgeons, ensure a comprehensive experience. Participating in clinics and surgeries with at least four different teaching faculty members exposes them to a variety of patient populations, from the high school athlete to the weekend warrior. Their hands-on coverage of high school, college and professional athletes also provides them with exposure to the different levels of athletes and their injuries.

Fellows also can choose to observe members of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for a highly focused rotation centered on the shoulder, foot/ankle or the hand/wrist.

Each of the clinical offices has an adjacent physical therapy office which allows for direct, frequent communication with the trainers and physical therapists. This provides the fellows with the opportunity to personally check in on patients while they are in therapy or to get progress reports from the therapists. Fellows prescribe physical therapy under the supervision of teaching faculty.

Within this 12-month curriculum structure, fellows will be exposed to a broad range of learning opportunities meeting the ACGME core curriculum requirements, in addition to the Essential Curriculum (milestones), which when completed will enable the fellow the practice as an independent provider of orthopaedic sports medicine.


The fellow is expected to attend and participate in the following education programs:

  • Weekly Multi-Disciplinary Sports Medicine Conference
  • Weekly Selected Readings Conference
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Conference
  • Journal Club
  • Gross Anatomical Dissections
  • Arthroscopic Skill Laboratory
  • Annual College and High School Sports Medicine Conference
  • Annual National Meetings


Fellows are also be given time off to attend both the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon national conferences.

The Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine has annually offered two weekend conferences devoted to sports medicine and trauma, respectively. The sports medicine conference annually focuses on presenting state-of-the-art preventive, evaluative and management strategies and is geared toward athletic trainers and sports therapists. The trauma conference also focuses on providing annual updates in trauma care and is directed toward physicians and other emergency providers. Fellows will be asked to give one to two presentations during either or both of these conferences.

Scholarly Effort (Research)

Each fellow is required to complete at least one basic science or clinical research project and prepare a publishable manuscript.  The program has a dedicated Clinical Research Manager.  While widespread progress has been made in early diagnosis of concussions, our division, through a cross-disciplinary approach of physicians and researchers, is leading innovative treatment and research to improve concussion management. And, we are exploring the development of an assessment system that can be correlated to the rehabilitation protocol to predict safe return to play and make that assessment based on quantitative data collected in real time in play or therapy.