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Fellowship Program Name: University of Alabama at Birmingham
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Fellowship Director: Clay Spitler, MD
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Program Address: UAB Orthopaedic Surgery
FOT 901
510 20th St S
Birmingham, AL 35233-2028
Program Phone: (205) 934-6413
Fellowship Coordinator: Elizabeth Wallace
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Fellowship Coordinator Phone Number: 205-934-6413
Fellowship Description: The Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology in the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is seeking highly qualified physicians who have completed an orthopaedic residency and want to continue their surgical training as an orthopaedic trauma fellow. UAB is one of the highest volume trauma centers in the country and the only ACS Level 1 trauma center in Alabama. With over 4,900 trauma admissions annually, UAB allows the fellow to see a wide variety of blunt and penetrating trauma as well as exposure to post-traumatic reconstruction, including nonunion, fracture-related infection, and deformity correction. The program focus is on providing multi-disciplinary care to poly-traumatized patients, and producing graduates who possess the skills necessary to practice at a busy Level 1 trauma center. The fellowship program follows an apprenticeship model, with the fellow an integral part of the team on inpatient service and in the OR. The schedule typically includes four OR days and one clinic day per week, with 3 hours average for Grand Rounds and weekly Fracture Conferences. Our clinical team includes three faculty members, three NPs, four RNFAs, and five or six residents.Clinic rotations are divided evenly among the three program faculty. Faculty will tailor training to the fellow's skill level, but expect operative autonomy to increase as the year progresses. Additionally, each fellow must complete a research project to graduate, and are encouraged to collaborate with the department's research fellows and coordinators.
# of Trauma Fellows: 1
Fellowship Period: Aug. 1, 2023-July 31, 2024
Accrediting Agency: OTA
# of Full-Time Faculty 3
# of Full Time Faculty - OTA Members 2
Trauma Center Level: Level 1 ACS Trauma Center
# of Yearly Orthopaedic Trauma Procedures 2297
# of Yearly Trauma Admissions (ISS>17) 1170
# of Pilon Fractures (27826-27828): 47
# of Femoral Shaft Fractures (27506): 214