Foot & Ankle Fellowship
Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan’s Foot & Ankle Fellowship program is a comprehensive post-graduate educational program that provides specialized training for orthopedic surgeons in all types of foot and ankle conditions.
How does the Foot & Ankle Fellowship work?
Typically fellows rotate with an attending physician for a six-month period. Mentorships are comprised of two days in outpatient clinics, two days of surgical procedures, and one elective/research day. In the outpatient clinic, fellows perform new patient evaluations and provide follow up care on post-operative patients, build experience in pre-operative indications, conservative management, and rehabilitation. Surgical experience includes procedures performed on an out-patient basis as well as more extensive reconstructive and trauma procedures performed at an inpatient facility.
What are the benefits?
Our fast-paced high volume clinic allows fellows to have first-hand experience with a private practice model. Fellows are able learn the clinical and well as administrative aspects of this model. Additionally, our fellowship offers similar academic and research resources as those offered in university-based fellowships. With our 360° approach to fellowship evaluation, the candidate is afforded the opportunity to assess and be assessed by all participants in their fellowship experience.
How does the selection process work?
This is a post-graduate fellowship, open to candidates who have finished their orthopedic residency education. Annually, 30-40 applications are received. We participate in the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program Match (SF Match), which is sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS). Candidates are interviewed January to March of the year preceding the fellowship, and decision letters are sent in the spring. This provides ample time to complete the credentialing process, as well as prepare and welcome the fellow. Typically, the fellowship consists of a 12 month program, beginning on August 1.
Fellows in our program have the use of a wide range of resources available through West Michigan’s exceptional medical research community, including:
- Clinical research support through OAM’s Foot & Ankle Research division and the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center
- Basic research and lab support through the Van Andel Institute
- Regulatory resources through Spectrum Research and Spectrum Health Institutional Review Board
OAM’s Foot & Ankle Center is the region’s leading provider of orthopedic foot and ankle care. The center provides a comprehensive range of services using the latest technologies and treatments to advance the science of foot and ankle care. Fellows in our program will find:
- One of the most comprehensive orthopedic centers in the state with specialized practices in foot and ankle, hand and upper extremity, spine, total joint, physical medicine, sports medicine, and trauma
- A complete range of surgical and non-surgical services including orthotic fabrication, prosthesis manufacture, orthopedic appliance services, foot and ankle sub-specialty rehabilitation, and complete reconstruction
- A dedicated foot & ankle research division that is fostering innovation in patient care
- A dynamic team that includes highly trained nurses, physical therapists, orthotists, and prosthetists
- A commitment to leadership in foot and ankle care maintained by an continuing interest in academic appointments, educational roles, fellowship programs, and professional association leadership
In conjunction with the Grand Rapids Medical Education and Research Center, OAM also offers a fellowship for applicants who would like to complete a research-based fellowship. The fellowship term is one-year with a possible six-month extension. The research fellowship offers all the same resources as the clinical fellowship, in a non-clinical context.
Research fellows are able to pursue their own projects, as well as contribute to ongoing endeavors. Fellows may devise and submit manuscripts for publication, as well as present at national and international conferences. This unique position gives international candidates the opportunity to work in their chosen areas of specialty, in preparation for future clinical work.
For more information, please contact our Clinical Research/Fellowship Coordinator Michelle Padley by phone at 616-459-7101 or by email at email@example.com.
Dr. Anderson has been with OAM since 1995. He is nationally recognized as a leader in orthopaedic surgery. A University of Michigan Medical School graduate, he completed his surgical residency at Northwest University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Anderson also served as the acting instructor during his fellowship at University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He is a clinical associate professor in the surgery department at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, and a clinical assistant professor at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Anderson specializes in comprehensive treatment of foot and ankle disorders, including conservative and surgical care. He has been conducting clinical research for over ten years, and has been actively involved in clinical studies since 1994. read full bio
Dr. Bohay has been with OAM since 1994, and has been the director of the Foot & Ankle Fellowship program since its inception in 2006. He serves as an associate editor for Foot and Ankle International, as well as The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. He received his medical degree at McGill University, completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at University of California at San Francisco, and his foot and ankle fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Bohay specializes in foot and ankle reconstruction, sports injuries, trauma, and deformity including bunions, hammertoes, painful flat feet, arthritis, diabetic foot. He has been conducting clinical research for over ten years, and has been actively involved in studies since 1995. read full bio
Fellowship Program Staff
Michelle A. Padley, BS, CRC Clinical Research/Fellowship Coordinator
To find out more about our Foot & Ankle Fellowship program, contact our Clinical Research/Fellowship Coordinator Michelle Padley by phone at 616-459-7101 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.