The objective of this fellowship is to provide the opportunity for board-eligible orthopaedic surgeons to advance and hone their skills in the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedics, including the management of congenital deformities, growth disturbances, neuromuscular disorders, trauma and spinal deformities. At the completion of the year, fellows should be able to analyze any pediatric orthopaedic problem, formulate a logical treatment strategy, and effectively communicate this to the patient and their family as well as work effectively with multidisciplinary teams. Preoperative planning and surgical proficiency are emphasized. Over the course of the year and with appropriate supervision, fellows gain considerable operative experience. Through preparation of didactic material, teaching conferences, and clinical research, academic development is encouraged.
The fellowship includes experiences at two institutions: Primary Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children. Primary Children’s Hospital is a busy Level-1 Trauma Center, and along with the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital for Children, serves a vast geographic catchment area. With the highest birth rate in the nation, Utah offers innumerable opportunities to identify and treat diverse pediatric orthopaedic pathology. Between the two institutions, fellows are exposed to a myriad of pediatric trauma, common pediatric conditions, as well as rare and complex disorders.
The orthopaedic staff includes eleven fellowship-trained pediatric orthopaedic surgeons working at both institutions and on faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Utah. Additionally, there are specialized faculty trained in pediatric hand, sports, and tumor.
Fellows have the opportunity to participate in multi-disciplinary clinics in neuromuscular disorders, osteogenesis imperfecta, and spina bifida. There is a dedicated Clubfoot Clinic. There is a high-volume fracture clinic for experience in fracture evaluation, management and casting. We have a state-of-the-art gait lab including equipment for measuring oxygen consumption. The gait lab professional staff includes a PhD engineer, a PhD physical therapist, two orthopaedic surgeons, and two physical therapists. We also have access to a state-of-the-art bone laboratory at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center, with two PhD engineers available to help with projects requiring biomechanical testing or modeling. There are ample opportunities to do retrospective and prospective studies. The fellows are required to complete at least one research project during their year.
We expect that our fellows will utilize this experience to improve the quality of pediatric orthopaedic care irrespective of the emphasis and setting of his or her subsequent practice. This fellowship participates in the San Francisco match program.
Fellowship positions: Two per year (ACGME approved)
Duration: One year (August 1–July 31)
Deadline: December 31
Stipend: R6 level, plus benefits
Location: Shriners Hospital, Primary Children’s Hospital
Interview Dates: Friday, February 24, 2017 and Monday, March 6, 2017 for the two 2018 - 2019 Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship positions.
The University of Utah Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship is ACGME accredited.