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

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. Since its inception, the fellowship has graduated 77 fellows. Fellows work one on one with board-certified, fellowship-trained faculty with extensive knowledge and experience with adult reconstruction surgery. Fellows rotate every 3 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 the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (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

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 the 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 for 2020-21. Pay is $58,000 for 2021-22. 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
  • 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 Sherri Leverett at 813-558-6834 or Sherri Leverett, email: sleverett@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 an interview will be notified by email or phone.

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.

Clinical Spine Fellowship

Clinical Spine Fellowship

This spine fellowship provides focused, comprehensive experience in both surgical and conservative treatment of spinal disorders including adult spinal deformity, cervical spine, thoracic and lumbar pathologies, degenerative disorders, and adolescent deformities. Training in minimally invasive surgical technique along with navigation systems is also provided. Surgical methods include a full spectrum of anterior and posterior procedures. The emphasis is on patient care, education, surgery, and research.

The fellowship is affiliated with Florida Orthopaedic Institute which provides the teaching faculty for the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine Orthopaedic Department (USFMCOM) and the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE). This collaboration provides the Spine Fellow’s comprehensive experience in an academic private practice including clinical and basic science research experience. Fellows participate in USFMCOM residency training and lectures. Participation in a weekly 2-hour ACCME-certified educational conference with the attending physicians, neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, chiropractors, and members of the clinical research team. The fellow will be asked to present on a chosen topic monthly. Journal Club is held monthly where current and historic orthopedic and neurosurgical literature is presented to attending physicians, research team members, and allied health professionals from orthopedic spine, neurosurgery, pain management, and chiropractic subspecialties in order to review and critically analyze current literature.

In addition to a well-supported academic program, the fellow receives extensive one-on-one training and mentorship from four board-certified and fellowship-trained spine surgeons. Fellows learn established and contemporary surgical and clinical techniques as they pertain to the treatment of the spectrum of spinal pathologies.

Research is a requirement and considered an important aspect of our training program. Fellows have the opportunity to work with clinical research professionals (RN’s, CCRP’s, CRAs) and biomedical engineers (PhD, MS) and a PhD bio-statistician at the Foundation for Orthopeadic Research and Education (FORE). FORE has a fully functional orthopaedic biomechanics laboratory and surgical skills lab available for cadaver studies. The dedicated and experienced support staff assists the fellow with all research tasks.

Our Fellows can participate in Grand Rounds with 8-9 orthopedic residents/medical students. In addition, to foster a collaborative learning environment, the fellow can work with advanced pre-med students. Theses students regularly shadow the fellows in clinic and surgery and often assist the fellow with his/her project.

Further, each fellow presents a project at the ACCME-accredited annual “Fellows Day” conference sponsored by FORE. Fellows are also encouraged and given the opportunity to present at two other ACCME-accredited conference, hosted by the fellowship director and department chair for CME credit. Castellvi Spine Meeting (formerly known as Current Solutions in Spine Surgery) is an annual national meeting and the fellow is asked to present his project at this meeting in the spring. This is a great opportunity for feedback with many of the leaders in the field of Spine surgery.

Objectives to be completed during the Fellowship year:

Clinic

  • Learn to obtain an accurate history and perform a thorough physical examination with the formulation of a differential diagnosis
  • Understand patient management plans
  • Evaluate and treat post-operative orthopaedic patients
  • Gain knowledge and understanding of common specialty-related injuries
  • Demonstrate competency in diagnosing all of the common conditions and have a comprehensive differential diagnosis plan for investigation of less common conditions, including failed previous surgeries.

Surgery

  • 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
  • Demonstrate competence in open and minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Develop skills in medical and surgical treatment of diseases, deformities, and injuries of the spine
  • Become competent in the complete care of the surgical patient including, but not limited to: surgical planning, preoperative evaluations and identification of pertinent comorbidities, surgical procedure and perioperative care, and postoperative management.

Research

  • Identify research topic and study design
  • Gather peer-reviewed articles related to research topic
  • Database management, data compilation, and statistical analysis
  • Manuscript preparation and submission
  • Biomechanical lab experience including cadaveric tissue testing and device evaluation.

Other

  • Participate in a weekly CME conference where cases are reviewed and evaluated to determine diagnosis and treatment plan, research projects are discussed and analyzed, basic science, current concepts and biomechanics of spinal anatomy, disorders, and surgery are reviewed through models, discussion, and didactic lectures.
  • Participate in monthly Journal Club meetings where current and historic orthopaedic literature is presented to attending physicians, research team members, and allied health professionals from orthopaedic spine, neurosurgery, pain management, and chiropractic subspecialties in order to review and critically analyze current literature.
  • Complete required research project and present data at annual Fellow’s Day conference.

Fellowship Instructors:

Duration: 1 Year (August 1 to July 31)

Number Of Fellows: 1 per year

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 two weeks of vacation per year. Travel and accommodation expenses are paid for one meeting per year, The Castellvi Spine Course.

Application Requirements:

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

All applicants are submitted through the SF Match website. Our Program ID is 5156.
We are accepting applications for 2020-2021 at the present time.

Deadline for Submissions

Target Deadline is September 2, 2020
Interview period is December 7, 2020 – April 2, 2021
Match Deadline for rank list is April 13, 2021
Match Results Date is April 20, 2021

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.

Foot & Ankle Fellowship

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 an emphasis on adult degenerative and posttraumatic reconstruction, trauma and ankle arthritis. The Florida Orthopaedic Institute is the highest volume total ankle arthroplasty center in the state of Florida and is a referral center for complex foot and ankle cases throughout west and central Florida. Fellows will spend time with three different faculty members each with unique educational backgrounds and experiences and will be prepared to be successful pursuing careers in private practice or academic medicine (Fellowship Alumni List). With over 1700 foot and ankle cases performed in 2019 alone, the FOI Foot and Ankle service provides a high volume of surgical cases throughout the breadth of lower extremity musculoskeletal care.

Fellows will be exposed to:

  • Post-traumatic reconstruction
  • Ankle arthritis – joint preservation, arthroplasty and fusion
    • Experience with Wright Medical Infinity, Inbone 2 and Invision arthroplasty systems.
  • Acute trauma to the foot and ankle
  • Sports medicine – ankle arthroscopy, tendon and ligament repair/reconstruction
  • Flat foot and cavus foot reconstruction
  • Forefoot – hallux rigidus/valgus (MIS and open), lesser toe deformities
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • The diabetic foot
  • Fusions and osteotomies

Academic Program Facilitators

Duration: 1 Year (August 1 to July 31)

Number Of Fellows: 1 Fellow per year

Rotations: Fellow will spend time in the office and OR with each faculty member on two 2-month rotations each.

Requirements and Expectations

  • Attend weekly indications/M&M conferences and lectures
  • 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 $63,000 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 applications must be submitted through the SF Match website as we follow their guidelines and recommendations.

Deadline

11/2/2020

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.

Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship

Hand and Upper Extremity 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 microvascular reconstruction including nerve reconstruction, free tissue transfers, replantation, and posttraumatic reconstruction. All aspects of the shoulder and elbow are covered which includes pediatric, sports, trauma, and adult reconstruction.

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 the University of South Florida residents on rotation. The broad clinical experience is facilitated by close relationships with four 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, Florida Orthopaedic Institute Surgery Center a state of the art facility housed on Florida Orthopaedic Institute’s main campus exclusively serving outpatients and surgeons, and Brandon Regional Hospital. Additional resources and institutions include: Florida Hospital Carrollwood, Florida Orthopaedic Institute Surgery Center at Citrus Park, and the Foundation for Orthopeadic Research and Education (FORE), which is housed on Florida Orthopaedic Institutes’ main campus. Florida InnoVation and Education (FIVE) Labs is another great resource during fellowship which is located on West Spruce Street close to Tampa International airport. 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

Duration: 1 Year (August 1 to July 31)

Number Of Fellows: 3 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 PGY6 level. 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 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.

We will be participating in the online application process on the American Society for Surgery of the Hand website, please visit www.assh.org to apply.

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:

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 in 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 interviews on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, and performance during residency training, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

Florida Orthopaedic Institute (FOI) is the largest orthopaedic group in the state of Florida offering experts in every orthopaedic subspecialty.  FOI provides exposure to a high volume tertiary referral practice exclusive to shoulder and elbow reconstruction and fracture management.The Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE) was founded by the surgeons at FOI in 1999 as part of their commitment to providing world-class orthopaedic care to their patients. The foundation was established as a way to improve the care of patients with musculoskeletal disorders through research and education. FORE is comprised of 4 departments: clinical research, translational research, surgical skills training, and continuing medical education.  Each department is staffed by specialty-trained research and educational coordinators, biomechanical engineers, statisticians, faculty supervisors, and departmental assistants.  The FORE campus houses a biomechanical research laboratory for testing orthopaedic devices and materials, as well as a surgical skills laboratory for training fellows and other surgeons on the latest surgical techniques and devices on cadaveric specimens.

The shoulder and elbow fellowship at FOI is a high-volume tertiary referral practice exclusive to shoulder and elbow reconstruction and fracture management. With over 2700 new patient visits and 13,000 clinic visits, the fellows are given ample exposure to the entire spectrum of shoulder and elbow disorders, including shoulder arthroplasty, arthroscopy, open reconstruction, fracture management, elbow arthroplasty, arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, and fracture management. The Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship provides an opportunity to actively participate in over 1,200 cases per year split evenly between arthroscopic and open surgery. The Fellow evaluates patients in three weekly clinics and participates in shoulder and elbow operative cases with the attending surgeons on the Florida Orthopaedic Institute Shoulder Service.

In addition to clinic and surgery, fellows take part in a weekly 2 ½ hour educational conference with their attending physicians, members of the clinical research team, engineers from the biomechanics department, and a statistician. During the conference, clinical cases are reviewed. Fellows are challenged to identify disease pathology and various treatment options. Clinical research projects are designed and updated, assuring ample progress is being made. Basic science projects are discussed, often with presentations of various anatomical computer simulations of shoulder anatomy and kinematics. This fellowship has a strong academic focus in that the program requires participation in regular journal club meetings and requires that the fellow complete a research project as a first author, with a manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal at the end of the year. While one project is required, fellows often work on multiple projects during their time at FOI/FORE.  Research projects can be either clinical or basic science. Fellows are given full access to the biomechanics lab onsite. Each fellow presents a project at the ACCME accredited annual Orthopaedic Research Day conference sponsored by the Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE). Fellows are also required to attend one other ACCME accredited conference (usually the course hosted by the fellowship director) for CME credit. These requirements provide a tremendous learning experience in terms of evaluating medical literature and research, as well as designing an experiment around a research question and hypothesis.

Academic Program Facilitators

  • Fellowship Director: Mark A. Frankle, M.D.
  • Co-Director: Mark A. Mighell, M.D.
  • Coordinator: Kaitlyn N. Christmas, BS, CCRC; email: kchristmas@foreonline.org

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 $55,000 per year. Additionally, health care coverage and malpractice insurance are included.
  • Each fellow is awarded four weeks of vacation per year.
  • Each fellow is able to attend Dr. Frankle’s course, Tampa Shoulder.

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

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

Follow the instructions from ASES on how to submit your application through SF-Match.

Any questions regarding your application may be addressed to Kaitlyn Christmas at 813-978-9700 ext. 6822 or kchristmas@foreonline.org

Deadline

November 1, 2020

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. Interviews will not begin until after the first of the year.

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. Rank list submission deadline is April 13, 2021. Match Day is approximately a week later.

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. An ideal fellow for this program is one who is a self-starter and able to work collaboratively in a team setting both in clinic and on research projects.

Trauma Fellowship Program

Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Program

The Orthopaedic Trauma Service (OTS) is a division of Florida Orthopaedic Institute and affiliated with the Orthopaedic Residency Program at the University of South Florida.

The Orthopaedic Trauma Service consists of seven fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma surgeons and provides all orthopaedic trauma coverage at Tampa General Hospital, the only American College of Surgeons designated Level 1 trauma center in West Central Florida, as well as at several other state designated level 2 trauma centers.

The Orthopaedic Trauma Service provides expert care for patients with severe musculoskeletal injuries, specializing in the care of fractures and fracture-related problems, including non-unions, malunions, post-traumatic arthritis, deformity correction, infections, pelvis/hip reconstruction and foot/ankle reconstruction.

The Orthopaedic Trauma Service has consistently offered one of the nation’s premiere fellowships in orthopedic trauma for more than thirty years. Areas of emphasis include clinical management, technical excellence, education, research and continuous quality improvement.

To find out more about the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Program and the application process, please visit the Orthopaedic Trauma Service website.

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