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Foot & Ankle Fellowship


The goal of the Foot & Ankle Fellowship at Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) is to train a board eligible orthopaedic surgeon in the basic science, research, clinical, surgical, and rehabilitative techniques as it pertains to the field of foot and ankle surgery. The foot & ankle fellow will be educated, able to handle the difficult and complicated cases, both operatively and nonoperatively.

At the end of the fellowship year, the foot & ankle fellow should be competent in orthopaedic knowledge as it relates to foot & ankle conditions and patient care including diagnosis, surgical and nonsurgical treatment, and rehabilitation of this subspecialty. The foot & ankle fellow should also be competent in oral and written communication, clinical and basic science research skills, and interpersonal relationships with patients as well as associates and other health care professionals. The fellow will demonstrate sufficient competency to enter practice without direct supervision.

In addition to gaining a comprehensive training experience in foot and ankle conditions, as an additional part of the fellowship year, the foot & ankle fellow will have access to a sports and foot & ankle fellowship trained physician who is the team physician for the Los Angeles Chargers. The goal of this assignment of the fellowship is for the foot & ankle fellow to become competent in the unique aspects of treating the athlete.


The fellows surgical experience will exceed 700 cases and will be quite broad. The surgical experience is hands-on with graduated independence based on the fellow’s development over the year. Fellows will be exposed to an array of surgical procedures in accordance with the recommended Foot & Ankle Curriculum set forth by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. These include procedures in trauma, ankle/hindfoot, midfoot, forefoot, and general foot and ankle surgeries. The foot and ankle faculty surgeons are well trained and experienced in these conditions and have different backgrounds in training as well as preferred surgical techniques which will provide the fellow with a multitude of different approaches and surgical treatment techniques for foot and ankle conditions. In addition to having a depth of exposure to ‘bread and butter’ foot and ankle procedures, the fellows will be exposed to complex procedures including but not limited to foot and ankle deformity / reconstruction, total ankle arthroplasty, master techniques in minimally invasive surgery of the foot and ankle, and advanced techniques in foot and ankle arthroscopy and joint preservation.


The fellow rotation schedule is broken into six 8-week blocks. During each block, the fellow will be paired with two attendings and will spend their time either in clinic or in surgery with these attendings. This rotation schedule allows for concentrated clinical and surgical experience with each faculty. The fellow will spend approximately two days in the clinic and up to three days in the operating room. Every surgical case is performed one-on-one with the teaching faculty. The fellow takes no call. Currently, the faculty to fellow ratio is 4:1.


The fellowship requires a minimum of one project. Fellows are expected to submit abstracts of their
projects to the major foot & ankle meetings. A completed manuscript ready for submission for
publication is expected by the end of the fellowship year. The fellows have access to three clinical
research coordinators, one clinical research assistant, one clinical data coordinator, and a statistician to
assist them with their research needs. Fellows will present their research at a symposium held by Hoag
Orthopedics at the end of the year.


  • Preop/Postop Conference – Weekly
  • Didactic Conference – Quarterly
  • Research Conference – Monthly
  • Grand Rounds – 2nd Friday of every month
  • Journal Club – Quarterly
  • Cadaver Labs – Quarterly


Fellows are paid at the PGY-6 level including benefits and receive two weeks of paid vacation. In addition, travel accommodations and reimbursements are granted for the fellow to attend either the AAOS or AOFAS annual meetings


There is one (1) positions available for the 2020-2021 fellowship year.


1 year (August 1st – July 31st)


Hoag Orthopedic Institute’s Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program participates in the San Francisco Match. Applicants must complete a residency in orthopedic surgery at an ACGME accredited program. The deadline for completing the application process for our program is TBA via SF Match. Invitations to interview will be sent out to selected applicants upon review of all applications. Applicants must be eligible to obtain an unrestricted California Medical License prior to the start of fellowship for credentialing purposes.

In alliance with the match guidelines, we will not be in contact with you after your interview. Your consideration of the Hoag Orthopedic Institute’s Foot & Ankle Fellowship is appreciated and we welcome your questions regarding the program.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Hoag Orthopedics
16300 Sand Canyon Avenue
Suite 511
Irvine, California 92618

Vanessa Glotzbach
Program Manager
Tel: 949-679-8546