UCSF/SFGH Orthopaedic Trauma Institute 2550 23rd St , Bldg 9, 2nd Floor 2550 23rd St San Francisco, CA 94110-3504
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The goal of the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship is to produce well-rounded leaders in musculoskeletal injury care. The combination of highly skilled faculty and state-of-the-art facilities provide a solid framework to balance surgical skills, clinical training, and research experience for our trauma fellows. The program is housed at the only Level I Trauma Center in a major metropolitan city, which also serves as the safety net hospital for over 1.5 million people.
The faculty include 11 orthopaedic trauma (over half of which have done a trauma and one other subspecialty fellowship), 2 hand, and 3 physical medicine and rehabilitation faculty. Other clinical resources include 2 podiatry faculty, and a robust orthotics and prosthetics program. The facilities include 4 research laboratories (molecular biology, biomechanics, clinical research, and a cadaver facility for tissue based research), which are directed by faculty that include 4 full-time PhD scientists. The fellows also have the unique opportunity to engage an international orthopaedic outreach organization that is based at the institution.
There are 2 clinical trauma fellowship positions. The fellows perform cases with the full-time, faculty at several different institutions and hospital systems, which include the city public hospital, university hospital, and a private Level 2 hospital south of the City. These opportunities not only provide a wide array of emergent, urgent, and elective trauma, but also an exposure to a diversity of faculty, patients, practices, implants, and hospital systems.
The educational program is robust, with daily conferences that include the review of all trauma case pre-and post-operatively, didactics, cadaver-based surgical dissections, and extramural conferences. The fellowship has produced a diverse group of practitioners, with just over half entering academics and the rest entering community or military practices.
The fellows are able to attend a variety of national and regional courses to supplement their fellowship curriculum. They are required to attend the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting, the OTA Fellows Course, and an International Trauma Course. The AO supported fellow is required to attend an AO Course. They also have the option of choosing between two other course choices, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, AO Courses, or other specialty courses. Over the past several years, both fellows have chosen to attend an AO Course. Regional courses that the fellow attends includes the annual alumni meeting and visiting professor grand rounds (related to trauma topics).