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
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.
CASE VARIETY & VOLUME
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.
SCHEDULE, CALL, COVERAGE
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.
EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
- Preop/Postop Conference – Weekly
- Didactic Conference – Quarterly
- Research Conference – Monthly
- Grand Rounds – 2nd Friday of every month
- Journal Club – Quarterly
- Cadaver Labs – Quarterly
SALARY, VACATION, AND TRAVEL
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.
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