Fellowship and Residency Programs

Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan’s Foot & Ankle Fellowship program is a comprehensive post-graduate educational program that provides specialized training for orthopaedic 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 four-month period. Mentorships are comprised of two days in outpatient clinics, three days of surgical procedures and elective/research days as needed. 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 orthopaedic residency education. Annually, 35-50 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.

Fellowship Resources

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 Partners
  • Basic research and lab support through the Van Andel Institute
  • Regulatory resources through Spectrum Research and Metro Health

Residency Resources

Our Physicians are all active in the Spectrum Health Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program as well as the MetroHealth University of Michigan Health Hospital Orthopaedic Residency Program. Please contact REI@oamichigan.com  if you have any questions about the fellowship program or residency rotations.