Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan’s Fellowship programs are comprehensive post-graduate educational experiences that provide specialized training for orthopaedic surgeons. Currently, there are two specialties available: Foot & Ankle as well as Adult Reconstruction & Total Joint.
How do the Fellowships work?
Established in 2006, Foot & Ankle Fellows rotate with three different attending physicians, each 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.
We are excited to announce that our first Adult Reconstruction & Total Joint Fellowship will start in August of 2022. These fellows rotate with an attending physician for the whole twelve-month period, with additional mentorship time with other fellowship faculty as it becomes available. Rotations are comprised of two days in outpatient clinics, three days of surgical procedures and elective/research days as needed.
In the outpatient clinic, fellows of both specialties perform new patient evaluations and provide follow up care on post-operative patients; additionally the fellows build experience in pre-operative indications, conservative management, and rehabilitation.
Surgical experiences at our practice includes procedures performed on an out-patient basis as well as more extensive reconstructive and trauma procedures performed at an inpatient facility. Fellows will also gain practical understanding of professional practice management as well as academic involvement.
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.
Learn more in this video about the Adult Reconstruction & Total Joint Fellowship.
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 for each program. We participate in the Orthopaedic Fellowship Program Match (SF Match), which is sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) and American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons (AAHKS). Candidates are interviewed December 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 Research and Education Institute
- Basic research and lab support through the Van Andel Institute
- Regulatory resources through local community partnerships
All of our physician fellowship mentors are recognized as outstanding in their field, both by their peers with various honors and awards and by their patients with average satisfaction ratings of 4.6 (out of 5) or greater. Additionally, all engage in clinical research conducted through our Research & Education Institute and are active educators in the orthopaedic residency program in Grand Rapids.
Foot & Ankle Fellowship Mentors:
Adult Reconstruction & Total Joint Reconstruction Fellowship Mentors:
Living in Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids (GR) is a vibrant city with many amazing places to explore and exciting activities to offer. Here are some of the great things happening here:
- For the sports fan: well-attended minor league Griffins (hockey) and Whitecaps (baseball) games,
- For the museum goer: GR Art Museum, GR Public Museum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, Urban Institute For Contemporary Arts, and Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives,
- For families: John Ball Zoo, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and GR Children’s Museum,
- For the performance lover: international acts at Van Andel Arena, Broadway shows and GR Symphony at DeVos Performance Hall, GR Ballet, Opera GR, local theater productions, and comedy groups,
- For the outdoor enthusiast: abundant parks to hike, bike trails to ride, rivers and inland lakes to fish and swim, resorts to ski and golf, and an easy 45 minute drive to sandy beaches on Lake Michigan’s shoreline,
- For the foodie: numerous local restaurateurs preparing various fresh cuisines and just as numerous local craft beverage makers – coffees, breweries, and wineries in the West Michigan area.
To discover more about GR, check out Experience GR and Pure Michigan.
For fellowship questions/verifications please contact REI@oamichigan.com.