Fellowship Programs

In addition to its role as a leader in the field of orthopedic care, Florida Orthopaedic Institute offers leadership in orthopedic education by offering fellowship training in a variety of orthopedic subspecialties.

Adult Orthopaedic Reconstruction & Arthritis Surgery Fellowship

The Fellowship program is a joint effort between the Florida Orthopaedic Institute and the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education. The integration of clinical practice and research was the vision of FOI founder Philip Spiegel. In honor of Dr. Spiegel’s vision the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at FOI is academically focused and research driven.

This adult reconstruction fellowship training covers a wide spectrum of complex reconstructive problems and techniques that can only be experienced in a highly specialized, high volume referral center. This fellowship has been in existence for 28 years and has graduated 53 fellows since its inception. Fellows work one on one with board certified, fellowship trained faculty with extensive knowledge and experience with adult reconstruction surgery. Fellows rotate every 2 months with one of the four attending physicians.  Fellows participate in pre-operative planning, act as an assistant for surgical procedures, and evaluate and treat post-operative patients. This fellowship program has a high academic focus with an on-site orthopaedic research foundation (FORE) that provides complete support for clinical and biomechanical research. Together, the clinical and biomechanical research departments have produced nearly 150 manuscripts and presented research at national and international meetings. FORE’s ACCME accredited CME department provides single and multi-day courses and symposia, hands-on workshops and e-learning activities for physicians, fellows and other medical professionals. Additionally there is an on-site Surgical Training Center where fellows can improve their knowledge of anatomy and learn the latest surgical techniques to improve their surgical skills.

Fellows attend a weekly conference with the attending physicians, research staff and physician assistants. After the hour long didactic provided by one of the attending physicians, Fellows participate in a case review. This gives the fellows the opportunity to demonstrate their clinical problem solving skills and development of treatment plans to manage patients with a variety of lower extremity disorders. They are required to develop a differential diagnosis and subsequently define how they would manage and treat the patient based on the patient’s presentation to the clinic.

Fellows are required to complete at least one research project during their training as well as attend monthly journal club meetings to review current topics in adult reconstruction.  These requirements provide a tremendous learning experience in terms of evaluating medical literature and research. Fellows design an experiment around a research question and hypothesis. They work with the attending physicians and FORE scientists to design the protocol for their research project.  FORE provides the consultation, hardware, software and facilities where the research is to take place.  The fellows work closely with the research staff throughout the length of the project.  The fellows are expected to produce a manuscript that is ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal by the end of the fellowship year. Each fellow presents his project at the Orthopaedic Research Day conference, which is CME accredited by FORE.  Each year a guest lecturer is asked to moderate the Fellow’s Day conference as well as provide feedback on each of the projects.  Fellows also submit abstracts for their projects to the AAOS and AAHKS annual meetings. If their project is selected for either podium or poster presentation, they are encouraged to attend and present their research. Fellows are also asked to assist with Grand Rounds lectures for the residents at the University of South Florida with case presentations and lectures

Academic Program Facilitators

  • Instructor: Kenneth Gustke, M.D.
  • Instructor: Thomas Bernasek, M.D.
  • Instructor: Steven Lyons, M.D.
  • Coordinator: Page Lane, email: page.lane@foreonline.org

Duration: 1 Year (August 1 to July 31)

Number Of Fellows: 4 Fellows per year

Requirements and Expectations

Fellows are evaluated after each rotation based on the following criteria: patient care through direct observation, medical knowledge including biomedical and clinical knowledge, practice-based learning through an improvement in clinical care and surgical technique, communication skills through direct observation with staff and patients, professionalism through direct observation, and systems based practice through direct observation.

Clinic Objectives

  • Learn to obtain an accurate history and perform a thorough physical examination with formulation of a differential diagnosis and treatment plan for patients with hip and knee arthritis and failed joint replacements of the hips and knee
  • Develop and execute patient management plans
  • Demonstrate proficiency in performing office procedures such as intra-articular and bursal injection of the hip and knee
  • Evaluate and treat post-operative orthopaedic patients
  • Develop proficiency in imaging interpretation (plain and fluoroscopically guided x-rays, nuclear medicine scans, MRI, CT scans) and laboratory analysis of patients with arthritis and failed total joint replacements.
  • Demonstrate competence in diagnosing common conditions in the arthritic and failed total joint patient and have a comprehensive differential diagnosis plan for investigation of less common conditions, including failed previous surgeries
  • Become knowledgeable in the indications for surgical intervention

Surgery Objectives

  • Become knowledgeable in preparing patients for surgery
  • Become familiar with the orthopaedic operating room procedures
  • Participate as an assistant in orthopaedic procedures and perform certain aspects of procedures with the goal of proficiency performing simple and complex joint reconstruction procedures.
  • Demonstrate competence in open and arthroscopic surgery
  • Develop skills in medical and surgical treatment of diseases and injuries including knowledge and proficiency (when appropriate) in contemporary concepts and technique including computer navigation, small incision and muscle sparing joint replacement

Research Objectives

  • Choose an appropriate research topic
  • Appropriate literature search
  • Draft study protocol with specific aims
  • Data collection and data analysis
  • Draft manuscript for presentation at national meeting such as the AAOS annual meeting and for publication in a peer reviewed journal
  • Presentation of research project at the annual Fellow’s day conference

Stipends, Vacations and Benefits

  • Each fellow is paid at the relevant PGY 6level, which is approximately $56,000 per year. Additionally, health care coverage and malpractice insurance is included.
  • Each fellow is awarded four weeks of vacation per year.

Application Requirements:

All applicants must be board eligible and must have completed an accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in the United States. 

The following application materials must be submitted:

  • Adult Hip & Knee / Tumor Fellowship application found on the SF Match Website
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE / COMLEX
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Picture

All applications must be submitted through the SF Match website.

Any questions regarding your application may be addressed to Page Lane at 813-558-6834 or page.lane@foreonline.org

Deadline

Applications are accepted continuously, but it is recommended to have your application submitted by October 15th. Completed applications will be reviewed and applicants selected for interview will be notified by email or phone. Interviews for the 2016 - 2017 positions will be held October 2014 - March 2015.

We participate in the SF Match Program. Rank list submission deadline is the second week of April. To apply, visit the SF Match Website.  Our Program ID is 3903.

Criteria for Selection of Fellows  

Fellows are selected for interview on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, and performance during residency training, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

About Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Area is a vital hub to Florida and the U.S. The region is the second most populous metropolitan area and is the second largest economy in the state. As of 2010, employment is estimated at 1.6 million workers within the region, which is lower than years past due to the effects of the national recession. The region commanded $118 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010, roughly 17% of Florida’s total GDP and 1% of the entire national GDP. The United States Central Command and the United States Special Operations Command are located at MacDill Air Force Base in Hillsborough County.

Where to Stay

We recommend visiting: Visit Tampa Bay

 

Clinical Spine Fellowship

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s fellowship will provide the fellow with a comprehensive experience in both surgical and conservative treatment of spinal disorders including adult spinal deformity, cervical spine, thoracic and lumbar pathologies, degenerative disorders and pediatric deformities’.

The fellow will be exposed to 500-600 surgical cases in the year, including fractures, deformities and degenerative conditions of the vertebral column. Participation in Clinical IDE’s allows the fellow to become acquainted with novel techniques and procedures including facet arthroplasty, total disc replacements.  

Additionally, our fellowship provides extensive training in minimally invasive surgical techniques, robotic-assisted procedures, percutaneous instrumentation and open techniques.

Fellowship Instructors:

  • Program Director: James Billys, M.D.
  • Co-Director: John Small, M.D.
  • Co-Director: Marc Weinstein, M.D.
  • Coordinator: Dawne Philip, email: dphilip@floridaortho.com

Duration: 1 Year (August 1 to July 31)

Number Of Fellows: 2 per year

Requirements and Expectations

  • Complete at least one clinical and one biomechanical research project
  • Weekly 2 hour ACCME- certified educational conference
  • Quarterly M/M conference
  • Monthly journal clubs
  • By end of year, complete at least one publishable research project to be presented at Fellows Day and submitted to a peer review journal.

Stipends, Vacations and Benefits

  • Each fellow is paid at the relevant PGY 6level, which is approximately $50,000 per year. Additionally, health care coverage and malpractice insurance is included.
  • Each fellow is awarded two weeks of vacation per year. Travel and accommodation expenses are paid for one meetings per year, The Castellvi Spine Course.

Application Requirements:

All applicants must be board eligible and must have completed an accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. 

The following application materials must be submitted:

  • Universal Spine Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Proof of Citizenship (or Visa)
  • Personal Statement
  • Picture

Submit application to:

James Billys, M.D.
Attention: Dawne Philip
Florida Orthopaedic Institute
13020 North Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL 33637

For any questions regarding your application may be addressed to Dawne Philip at 813-253-2068 or dphilip@floridaortho.com

Deadline

September 29, 2014

Fellow applicants are selected for interview as listed under our criteria for selection of fellows. Completed applications will be reviewed and applicants selected for interview will be notified by email or phone. Interviews for the 2015 positions will be held early in Early September and continue to November 17, 2014.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Rank list submission deadline is generally the first Wednesday in May. Match Day is generally the third Wednesday in May. To register, contact the NRMP at (866) 617-5834 or visit their website NRMP.  Our Program number is 10230654.

Criteria for Selection of Fellows  

Fellows are selected for interview on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, and performance during residency training, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

About Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Area is a vital hub to Florida and the U.S. The region is the second most populous metropolitan area and is the second largest economy in the state. As of 2010, employment is estimated at 1.6 million workers within the region, which is lower than years past due to the effects of the national recession. The region commanded $118 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010, roughly 17% of Florida’s total GDP and 1% of the entire national GDP. The United States Central Command and the United States Special Operations Command are located at MacDill Air Force Base in Hillsborough County.

Where to Stay

We recommend visiting: Visit Tampa Bay

 

Foot & Ankle Fellowship

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s fellowship offers a comprehensive approach to foot and ankle surgery. The program covers all foot and ankle disorders, with emphasis on adult reconstruction, trauma and posttraumatic complications.

Fellows will be exposed to:

  • Acute trauma to the foot and ankle
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • The diabetic foot
  • Fusions and osteotomies

In addition, fellows will participate in both the DePuy Agility and STAR total ankle arthroplasties.

Academic Program Facilitators

  • Fellowship Director: Arthur K. Walling, M.D.
  • Faculty: Roy W. Sanders, M.D.
  • Faculty: Michael Clare, M.D.
  • Coordinator: Dawne Philip, email: dphilip@floridaortho.com

Duration: 1 Year (August 1 to July 31)

Number Of Fellows: 2 Fellows per year

Rotations: 6 months with each physician

Requirements and Expectations

  • Attend weekly conferences and lectures: Attending, fellows, residents
  • Monthly journal clubs
  • Participate in anatomy dissection
  • By end of year, complete at least one publishable research project

Stipends, Vacations and Benefits

  • Each fellow is paid at the relevant PGY 6level, which is approximately $55,000 per year. Additionally, health care coverage and malpractice insurance is included.
  • Each fellow is awarded four weeks of vacation per year. Travel and accommodation expenses are paid for two meetings per year, one of which is the AOFAS annual meeting.

Application Requirements:

All applicants must be board eligible and must have completed an accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. 

The following application materials must be submitted:

  • Foot and ankle application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Picture

Submit application to:

Arthur K. Walling, M.D.
Attention: Dawne Philip
Florida Orthopaedic Institute
13020 North Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL 33637

For any questions regarding your application may be addressed to Dawne Philip at 813-253-2068 or dphilip@floridaortho.com

Deadline

March  9, 2015

Fellow applicants are selected for interview as listed under our criteria for selection of fellows. Completed applications will be reviewed and applicants selected for interview will be notified by email or phone. Interviews for the 2016 positions will be held early in 2015.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Rank list submission deadline is generally the first Wednesday in May. Match Day is generally the third Wednesday in May. To register, contact the NRMP at (866) 617-5834 or visit their website NRMP.  Our Program number is 10230654.

Criteria for Selection of Fellows  

Fellows are selected for interview on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, and performance during residency training, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

About Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Area is a vital hub to Florida and the U.S. The region is the second most populous metropolitan area and is the second largest economy in the state. As of 2010, employment is estimated at 1.6 million workers within the region, which is lower than years past due to the effects of the national recession. The region commanded $118 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010, roughly 17% of Florida’s total GDP and 1% of the entire national GDP. The United States Central Command and the United States Special Operations Command are located at MacDill Air Force Base in Hillsborough County.

Where to Stay

We recommend visiting: Visit Tampa Bay

 

Hand Fellowship

Florida Orthopaedic Institute offers upper extremity surgery education and training to board eligible orthopedic surgeons. Training is provided in all aspects of hand and upper extremity surgery including:

  • Trauma
  • Congenital
  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic reconstructions

Additionally, fellows gain experience in micro vascular reconstruction including free tissue transfers and replantations, brachial plexus surgery and all aspects of the shoulder and elbow.

Our fellowship program is a one-on-one apprenticeship with close supervision and interaction with fellowship trained attending staff. Fellows are the primary assistants to the attending staff during surgery and assist in supervising University of South Florida residents on rotation. The broad clinical experience is facilitated by close relationships with three primary institutions: Tampa General Hospital a level 1 trauma center which services Florida’s west coast, Shriners Hospitals for Children of Tampa servicing inpatients under the age of 18 and Florida Orthopaedic Institute Surgery Center a state of the art facility housed on Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s main campus exclusively serving outpatients and surgeons. Also housed on the campus is the Foundation for Orthopeadic Research and Education. Fellows will benefit from access to a biomechanical research laboratory for testing of materials, a surgical skills laboratory for training on the latest surgical techniques using cadaveric specimens and a fully staffed team of research coordinators.

This fellowship is Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited for two positions and participates in the National Resident Matching Program.

Academic Program Facilitators

  • Program Director: Alfred Hess, M.D.
  • Designated Institutional Official: Roy W. Sanders, M.D.
  • Faculty: Jeffrey Stone, M.D.
  • Faculty: Michael Garcia, M.D.
  • Coordinator: Nikki Rives, email: nrives@floridaortho.com

Duration: 1 Year (August 1 to July 31)

Number Of Fellows: 2 Fellows per year

Requirements and Expectations

  • Attend weekly conferences and lectures: Attending, fellows, residents
  • Monthly journal clubs
  • Two research projects during the year on a subject related to the hand and/or upper extremity suitable for publication in a major journal

Stipends, Vacations and Benefits

  • Each fellow is paid at the relevant PGY 6level, which is approximately $50,000 per year. Additionally, health care coverage and malpractice insurance is included.
  • Each fellow is awarded four weeks of vacation per year. Travel and accommodation expenses are paid for two meetings per year, one of which is the ASSH annual meeting.

Application Requirements:

Prerequisite education must be completed in a general surgery, orthopedic surgery or plastic surgery program that should be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Osteopathic Association or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The following application materials must be submitted:

  • Universal Hand Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of Licensure(s)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Proof of Citizenship (or Visa)
  • Personal Statement
  • Picture

Submit application to:

Alfred Hess, M.D.
Attention: Nikki Rives
Florida Orthopaedic Institute
13020 North Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL 33637

For any questions regarding your application may be addressed to Nikki Rives at 813-978-9700 extension 7287 or nrives@floridaortho.com.

Deadline

December 31

Fellow applicants are selected for interview as listed under our criteria for selection of fellows. Completed applications will be reviewed and applicants selected for interview will be notified by email or phone. Interviews are usually scheduled February or March.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Rank list submission deadline is generally the first Wednesday in May. Match Day is generally the third Wednesday in May. To register, contact the NRMP at (866) 617-5834 or visit their website NRMP.  Our Program number is 10230654.

Criteria for Selection of Fellows  

Fellows are selected for interview on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, and performance during residency training, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

About Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Area is a vital hub to Florida and the U.S. The region is the second most populous metropolitan area and is the second largest economy in the state. As of 2010, employment is estimated at 1.6 million workers within the region, which is lower than years past due to the effects of the national recession. The region commanded $118 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010, roughly 17% of Florida’s total GDP and 1% of the entire national GDP. The United States Central Command and the United States Special Operations Command are located at MacDill Air Force Base in Hillsborough County.

Where to Stay

We recommend visiting: Visit Tampa Bay

 

Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s fellowship provides exposure in areas of reconstructive shoulder and elbow problems, such as rotator cuff arthritis, fractures and neuromuscular diseases. Additionally, our fellowship provides extensive training in arthroscopic procedures and balanced experiences in open and arthroscopic surgeries. Fellows gain experience in operative and non-operative treatment of the shoulder and elbow.

Academic Program Facilitators

  • Fellowship Director: Mark A. Frankle, M.D.
  • Co-Director: Mark A. Mighell, M.D.
  • Coordinator: Dawne Philip, email: dphilip@floridaortho.com

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)

Number Of Fellows: 3 fellows per year

Requirements and Expectations

  • Complete at least one clinical and one biomechanical research project
  • Biweekly lectures and conferences
  • Weekly MRI conferences
  • Monthly journal clubs
  • Required to take general orthopaedic call at a community hospital 3 to 4 days per month

Stipends, Vacations and Benefits

  • Each fellow is paid at the relevant PGY 6level, which is approximately $50,000 per year. Additionally, health care coverage and malpractice insurance is included.
  • Each fellow is awarded four weeks of vacation per year.
  • Each fellow is able to attend Dr. Frankle's course, Current Solutions in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. This course is held in Tampa, Florida.

Application Requirements:

All applicants must be board eligible and must have completed an accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program.

The following application materials must be submitted

  • Univeral Shoulder application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Proof of Citzenship (or Visa)
  • Personal Statement
  • Picture

Submit application to:

Mark Frankle, M.D.
Attention: Dawne Philip
Florida Orthopaedic Institute
13020 North Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL 33637

For any questions regarding your application may be addressed to Dawne Philip at 813-253-2068 or dphilip@floridaortho.com

Deadline

September 29, 2014

Fellow applicants are selected for interview as listed under our criteria for selection of fellows. Completed applications will be reviewed and applicants selected for interview will be notified by email or phone. Interviews for the 2016 positions will be held early in September and continue to November 17, 2014.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Rank list submission deadline is November 25, 2014. Match Day is December 2, 2014.

Criteria for Selection of Fellows  

Fellows are selected for interview on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, and performance during residency training, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

About Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Area is a vital hub to Florida and the U.S. The region is the second most populous metropolitan area and is the second largest economy in the state. As of 2010, employment is estimated at 1.6 million workers within the region, which is lower than years past due to the effects of the national recession. The region commanded $118 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010, roughly 17% of Florida’s total GDP and 1% of the entire national GDP. The United States Central Command and the United States Special Operations Command are located at MacDill Air Force Base in Hillsborough County.

Where to Stay

We recommend visiting: Visit Tampa Bay

 

Trauma Fellowship Program

Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s fellowship program, in conjunctions with Tampa General Hospital's Trauma fellowship program, offers clinical and research material for the development of a career in academic orthopaedic traumatology. The program focuses on the multidisciplinary care of the polytraumatized patient and offers the successful applicant exposure to both adult and pediatric acute and reconstructive trauma training. The foundation of the fellowship focuses on:

  • Pelvic/acetabular
  • Complex periarticular
  • Malunion
  • Nonunion cases stressing the importance of soft-tissue reconstruction and total patient care

Trauma fellows play an integral role in the daily function of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service. They work in concert with the faculty and residents to develop the confidence to independently manage perioperative issues related to the orthopaedic trauma patient.

Academic Program Facilitators

  • Fellowship Director: Claude Sagi, M.D.
  • Faculty: Anthony Infante, M.D.
  • Faculty: David Watson, M.D.
  • Faculty: Anjan Shah, M.D.
  • Faculty: Roy Sanders, M.D.
  • Coordinator: Dawne Philip, email: dphilip@floridaortho.com

Duration: 2016 / 2017

Number Of Fellows: 3 Fellows per year

Requirements and Expectations

  • Attend weekly conferences and lectures: Attending, fellows, residents
  • Monthly journal clubs
  • Monthly M/M rounds
  • Research meetings
  • By end of year, complete at least one publishable research project to be presented at the OTA Annual Meeting

Stipends, Vacations and Benefits

  • Each fellow is paid at the relevant PGY 6level, which is approximately $60,000 per year. Additionally, health care coverage and malpractice insurance is included.
  • Each fellow is awarded four weeks of vacation per year. Travel and accommodation expenses are paid for two meetings per year, one of which is the OTA annual meeting.

Application Requirements:

All applicants must be board eligible and must have completed an accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. 

The following application materials must be submitted:

  • Trauma application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Picture

Submit application to:

H. Claude Sagi, M.D.
Attention: Dawne Philip
Florida Orthopaedic Institute
13020 North Telecom Parkway
Temple Terrace, FL 33637

For any questions regarding your application may be addressed to Dawne Philip at 813-253-2068 or dphilip@floridaortho.com

Deadline

October 31, 2014

Fellow applicants are selected for interview as listed under our criteria for selection of fellows. Completed applications will be reviewed and applicants selected for interview will be notified by email or phone. Interviews for the 2016 positions will begin December 2014 and continue through early February 2015.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Rank list submission deadline is generally the first Wednesday in May. Match Day is generally the third Wednesday in May. To register, contact the NRMP at (866) 617-5834 or visit their website NRMP.  Our Program number is 10230654.

Criteria for Selection of Fellows  

Fellows are selected for interview on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, and performance during residency training, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

About Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Area is a vital hub to Florida and the U.S. The region is the second most populous metropolitan area and is the second largest economy in the state. As of 2010, employment is estimated at 1.6 million workers within the region, which is lower than years past due to the effects of the national recession. The region commanded $118 million in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010, roughly 17% of Florida’s total GDP and 1% of the entire national GDP. The United States Central Command and the United States Special Operations Command are located at MacDill Air Force Base in Hillsborough County.

Where to Stay

We recommend visiting: Visit Tampa Bay