Fellowship

The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery offers fellowship training programs in five orthopaedic subspecialty areas:

These fellowships have appointment of 12-24 months.  All interested in pursuing a fellowship at the University of Alberta should provide a current CV, three letters of reference and a letter of interest, specifying which fellowship you are pursuing and your motivations.  

Please forward information (unless specified otherwise) to:

The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Alberta
Room 400 Community Services Centre
Royal Alexandra Hospital
10240 Kingsway, Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3V9
Attention: Holly Millin, Administrative Assistant
or email: holly.millin@albertahealthservices.ca

Arthroplasty Knee/Hip

Director: Dr. Edward Masson

Supervisors

  • Dr. Gordon Arnett
  • Dr. D’Arcy Durand
  • Dr. Catherine Hui
  • Dr. Guy Lavoie
  • Dr. Greg O’Connor
  • Dr. Carlo Panaro
  • Dr. Paulose Paul
Please note- the 2015 Arthroplasty Fellowship is now closed.

Description
There are over 3500 hip and knee replacements performed in Edmonton yearly. This provides an excellent exposure to primary and revision surgery. The Fellow will gain experience in patient assessment, preoperative planning and arthroplasty surgery of the hip and knee. Opportunities are available for exposure to joint preservation surgery in the young hip patient- athroscopy, osteotomies, surgical dislocation. One day a week will be dedicated to research and study and one to clinic or office. The Fellow is expected to be involved in research and to complete a paper suitable for publication at the end of the year. The Fellow will be involved in monthly rounds presentations and resident teaching. The Fellow will not be required to take call.

Length of Fellowship
12 months

Salary
For Canadian Fellows: a salary commensurate with a PGY6 level of training will be funded by the Edmonton Orthopaedic Fellowship Fund. This fund is supported by the Fellows Surgical Assist Billings.

For Foreign Fellows: external funding would need to be arranged and credential verification by the Physician Credentials Registry of Canada (PCRC) is required before training.

Timeline/Process

Applications for fellowship will generally open on July 1 two years preceding the fellowship year and close by February 1 of the preceding year. Incomplete applications, or applications sent too early will be returned.
 
Once the selection of the fellows has been done, fellowship applications must also be done through the post-graduate medical education office at the University of Alberta. 
 
Applications should include:
-curriculum vitae
-a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the program at the University of Alberta, career aspirations, and any other professional or personal items that may add to the application
-three letters of reference

Arthroscopy/Sports Medicine

Director: Dr Dave Otto

Supervisors

  • Dr Rob Balyk
  • Dr Marty Bouliane
  • Dr Jeff Bury
  • Dr Rob Glasgow
  • Dr Catherine Hui
  • Dr Paul Leung

Description
The Fellow will be involved in the care of patients with injuries and disorders of the knee and shoulder. There is an emphasis on sports related injury. The Fellow will learn clinical skills to properly evaluate and treat these patients. The Fellow will develop expertise in advanced arthroscopic techniques and will see a surgical caseload of 500 procedures in 12 months. One day a week will be dedicated to research and study. The Fellow is expected to be involved with ongoing research projects and to complete a paper for presentation (at the COA or similar meeting) and submission for publication. The Fellow will also be involved in monthly rounds presentations and resident teaching. The Fellow will not be required to take call.

Responsibilities
The Fellow’s responsibilities will include:
OR first assist 2 – 3 days of the week
Office/clinic 1 – 2 days with new patients and follow-up patients
1 day of research/reading per week
Organize monthly sports medicine rounds
Length of Fellowship
12 months

Salary
For Canadian Fellows: a salary commensurate with a PGY6 level of training will be funded by the Edmonton Orthopaedic Fellowship Fund. This fund is supported by the Fellows Surgical Assist Billings.
For Foreign Fellows: external funding would need to be arranged and credential verification by the Physician Credentials Registry of Canada (PCRC) is required before training.

Timeline/Process

Applications for fellowship will generally open on July 1 two years preceding the fellowship year and close by February 1 of the preceding year. Incomplete applications, or applications sent too early will be returned.

 
Candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by February 28th of the preceding year.   As there are candidates applying who may live a far distance from Edmonton, telephone interviews may be the first step. Interviews will be carried out until April of the preceding year, and selection of fellows will be made shortly thereafter.
 
Once the selection of the fellows has been done, fellowship applications must also be done through the post-graduate medical education office at the University of Alberta. 

Applications should include:
-curriculum vitae
-a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the  program at the University of Alberta, career aspirations, and any other professional or personal items that may add to the application
-three letters of reference

Spine

(Orthopaedics/Neurosurgery)
Director: Dr. Andrew Nataraj

Supervisors

  • Dr. Hongxing Jiang
  • Dr. Frank Kortbeek
  • Dr. James Mahood

The University of Alberta Complex Spine Fellowship is based primarily at the RoyalAlexandraHospital. There are two available fellowship positions available per year. The fellowship term is typically one year, but can be extended based upon the fellow’s career goals.

Each fellow will spend six months on a neurosurgery spinal rotation under the mentorship of Dr. Fox and Dr. Nataraj and six months on an orthopedic spinal rotation under the mentorship of Dr. Jiang, Kortbeek, and Mahood. Our fellowship is a busy surgical fellowship, which typically involves 3-4 days/week in the operating room, and exposure to approximately 300 surgical cases. Exposure will be gained to the entire spectrum of spinal disorders, including deformity correction, and intradural pathology.

There is also opportunity while on orthopedic rotation to attend OR and clinic at the Stollery Children’s Hospital scoliosis deformity clinic and surgery, especially if there is no pediatric spine fellow. There will be a pediatric spine fellow July 2011-July 2012.

Requirements
This is a complex spinal surgery fellowship in a program with an active residency program. Fellows are expected to have a minimum level of training in general spinal surgery, and are expected to teach residents in these general spine surgery scenarios.

The inpatient service is run mostly by the resident staff. However, fellows are expected to be involved in the care of the patients, especially those where the fellow has participated in the surgery.

Call requirements
Spine call: approximately 1:4 2nd call. Fellows will typically be called when there is a junior orthopedic or neurosurgery resident on call, and when urgent cases arise. Attending spine surgeons will continue to take outside calls.

Research/Teaching
Each fellow is expected to be involved in our research program, and is expected to present as well as publish at least one paper per year. Fellows are responsible for the organization of spine rounds, on Tuesdays at 4pm at RAH.

Funding
There are a variety of funding models available. If not self-funded, the fellow will be paid by the Complex Spine Surgery program, at a salary of $70 000/yr. In addition, if the fellow is eligible to bill as a surgical assist, a proportion of these billings will be returned to the fellow.

Applications
Application should be made initially (by email or in writing) to the Complex Spine Program’s Fellowship Director, Dr. Andrew Nataraj:

Dr. Andrew Nataraj
Division of Neurosurgery
2D1.02 Mackenzie Centre
University of AlbertaHospital, 8440-112 St.
Edmonton, AlbertaT6G 2B7
(780) 407-7179

Jennifer Granfield
Program Administrator
Plastic Surgery and Neurosurgery Residency Program
University of Alberta
2D2.02 Walter Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
8440 - 112 Street Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2B7
Phone: (780) 407-1591
Fax: (780) 407-3283

Email: nsurgpg@ualberta.ca

 Applications should include:
- curriculum vitae
- a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the spine program at the University of Alberta, career aspirations, and any other professional or personal items that may add to the application
- three letters of reference. 

Applications for fellowship will generally open on July 1 two years preceding the fellowship year and close by February 1 of the preceding year. Incomplete applications, or applications sent too early will be returned.Edmonton, telephone interviews may be the first step. Interviews will be carried out until April of the preceding year, and selection of fellows will be made shortly thereafter.

 Currently, the application period for the 2013 positions is closed. Applications for the 2014 positions will open again from September 1, 2012 - February 1, 2013.
Applications for fellowship will generally open on July 1st , 2 years preceding the fellowship year and close by February 1st of the preceding year.

Once the selection of the fellows has been done, fellowship applications must also be done through the post-graduate medical education office at the University of Alberta.

Trauma

Director: Dr Matthew Menon

Supervisors

  • Dr Marty Bouliane
  • Dr Gordon Goplen
  • Dr Nadr Jomha
  • Dr Rob Stiegelmar
  • Dr Don Weber

Description
We wish to share our knowledge and experience with Orthopaedic graduates interested in improving their skills in the areas of adult trauma. The fellowship is based at the University of Alberta Hospital. We have a dedicated trauma room and service a population of approximately two million people. The Fellow will learn clinical and surgical skills involving all adult trauma cases except spine. The Fellow is expected to be involved with ongoing research projects and to complete a paper to be submitted for presentation at the COA or similar meeting. The Fellow is also involved in monthly rounds and resident teachings.

Responsibilities
The Fellow’s responsibilities will include:
First assist two days of the week (alternating each week)
Half day of follow-up clinic per week
Half day of new patient clinic per week
One day of research/reading per week (ongoing projects)
Interesting cases/Polytrauma
Organize and run Tuesday fracture rounds for residents
Two weekend calls per month
Length of Fellowship
12 months

Salary
For Canadian Fellows: a salary commensurate with a PGY6 level of training will be funded by the Edmonton Orthopaedic Fellowship Fund. This fund is supported by the Fellows Surgical Assist Billings.
For Foreign Fellows: external funding would need to be arranged and credential verification by the Physician Credentials Registry of Canada (PCRC) is required before training.

 

FootandAnkle

Director: Dr. Gord Goplen

Supervisors

  • Dr.Nadr Jomha
  • Dr. Beth Pedersen
  • Dr. Angie Scharfenberger
  • Dr. Paul Leung

Description

The Edmonton Foot and Ankle Surgeons are pleased to announce a unique combined clinical and academic foot and ankle fellowship in conjunction with the University of Alberta School of Public Health. This 2 year fellowship consists of training by 4 fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeons in all areas of adult foot and ankle surgery including complex trauma and reconstruction. In addition, the successful fellow will be enrolled in the School of Public Health resulting in a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree.

A description of the MPH program can be found here: http://www.publichealth.ualberta.ca/programs/mph_programs/mph_epi.aspx

During the two years, the fellow will spend fluctuating amounts of time between the clinical and academic parts of the program so that the fellow is always active in the clinical context. Salary will be based on surgical assist billings with the fellow keeping 100% of billings up to $50,000 and 50% of billings thereafter.

Applicants must be eligible to bill in the Alberta heath system.

Interested applicants should send an updated CV to Dr. Gord Goplen at goplens@shaw.ca