Institute for Foot and Ankle Advancement Inc.'s Fellowship Program
At OFAC, fellows learn from our experts. Through clinical and research excellence, the Institute's program provides the foundation for our fellow to be at the forefront of the subspecialty.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Match for our 2017-2018 AOFAS-approved fellowship position.
About the Program
OFAC will provide a unique opportunity for a motivated fellow, located in a high-volume, private orthopaedic foot and ankle practice. The fellow will be exposed to a wide range of foot and ankle surgery, including total ankle replacement, post-traumatic reconstruction, arthroscopy, as well as hindfoot and forefoot reconstruction. The fellow will also gain experience in running a successful private practice during his/her fellowship year at OFAC.
The fellow will be assigned to separate 6-week rotations on each attending’s service throughout the academic year. This will consist of coverage of surgical cases as well as office hours.
Weekly x-ray conference to discuss the week’s upcoming surgical cases; grand rounds; resident’s conference; quarterly research meetings.
Journal Club will occur every quarter to discuss and critically evaluate recent articles in the orthopaedic foot and ankle literature.
A minimum of 1 research paper is required to be prepared for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and for presentation at the annual AOFAS summer meeting, prior to completion of the fellowship. All projects are developed under the supervision of an attending physician and should be approved by the fellowship director.
On call 1 in 4 weeks for OFAC private patients.
All fellow assigned to attending’s will be responsible for all aspects of patient care including post-operative orders, prescriptions, discharge summaries, as well as all other necessary paperwork and rounding responsibilities.
The Business of Medicine
Fellows will learn coding and billing, chart auditing, prayer contracts, and financial aspects of managing performance.
The fellow will have the opportunity to gain experience in running an effective clinic and offering both preoperative and postoperative care.
Performance feedback is ongoing throughout the year and will provide fellows with real-time performance feedback in conjunction with all aspects of training. Fellows will be encouraged to participate in the formal and informal feedback process and in written evaluations, which will be provided quarterly.
The fellow will rotate with OFAC’s wound care specialist to gain exposure the fundamentals of caring for simple and complex wounds that will be encountered in practice.
Orthotics & Bracing
The fellow will rotate with OFAC’s certified pedorthist to gain exposure to and experience in the fundamentals of DME, orthotics, and bracing for the orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon.
Additional opportunities available include: Rotation through our non-operative podiatry clinic & training with our in-house physical therapy team
Please click HERE for information regarding application requirements and submissions. Please note that the fellowship program will not accept paper applications. Once the application is received, our staff reviews the material and determines which applicants will be offered an interview.
Benefits & Stipends
Each fellow is allocated two weeks of vacation during his or her one-year training. Vacation may be taken in conjunction with specialty meetings and national foot and ankle courses. Prior approval must be arranged with the Program Director to ensure adequate OR and call coverage. Stipend information is provided within the www.sfmatch.org application.