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8/6/2018 1:46 PMChris Johnson
yogendra PandeyAOFAS General Content (Sidebar)

Resident opportunities and fellowships are an important part of providing quality education to members.  Learn more about the following programs:​​

 Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Match Program 

The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Match Program, sponsored by the AOFAS, is designed to be a transparent, unbiased process in which applicants are matched to foot and ankle fellowship programs on a competitive basis.

 Resident Review Course 

Videos of the Resident Review Course are available via online annual subscription. Designed for residents, program directors, and others interested in reviewing key concepts, the lectures cover topics ranging from PTTD and cavus foot to ankle arthritis, Lisfranc injuries, and orthobiologics. Subscribers will have access to all 17 lectures for a year from the date of purchase. Visit the Resident Review Course page for more details and ordering information.

 Resident Scholarship Program 

The AOFAS awards Resident Scholarships to PGY-1, PGY-2 and PGY-3 orthopaedic residents with an interest in foot and ankle surgery. This is an incredible opportunity to attend the AOFAS Annual Meeting, learn more about foot and ankle surgery, and network with leading foot and ankle surgeons. 

Resident Scholars 2016

  Visiting Professor Program 

The goal of the Visiting Professor Program is to enhance the educational experience of orthopaedic residents through our Visiting Professor’s participation in clinics, lectures and/or participation in grand rounds.  ​​​
10/24/2018 5:29 PMChris Johnson
Chris JohnsonAOFAS General Content (Sidebar)

September 17, 2018

​Following medical school and orthopaedic surgery residency, some orthopaedic surgeons seek further training in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders through fellowship training programs.

The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program Match, sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, is designed to be a transparent, unbiased process in which applicants are matched to foot and ankle fellowship programs on a competitive basis.
  • Participating programs and applicants are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct​ for Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship Programs and Applicants. 

  • Participating programs must also utilize the Curriculum of recommended foot and ankle procedures and topics in training fellows​
Participation in the match requires graduation from an allopathic or osteopathic medical school, and fellowship is dependent upon successful completion of an approved orthopaedic surgery residency program.

The San Francisco Matching Service (SF Match) administers the application receipt and distribution process as well as the rank lists and match process. AOFAS staff are glad to assist in any way they can​​, and applicants or programs with questions or special needs are encouraged to contact the AOFAS Executive Office at, 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654.

Fellowship Programs in the Match

To ensure fairness, fellowship directors annually sign a legal agreement​ with the AOFAS, committing their program and faculty to abide by the Code of Conductand utilize the Curriculum of recommended foot and ankle procedures and topics.

Participating programs may not offer any six-month or longer fellowship positions outside of the match prior to Match Day unless pre-approved by the Fellowship Match Committee.

The AOFAS will give preference to faculty of participating programs over faculty from non-participating programs in the selection of symposia and educational course faculty as well as committee memberships and positions on the Society’s Board of Directors.

Available Positions

For a 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 position, please contact the programs directly to apply.  You may use thisapplication form​​  and "letter of good standing"/Status Report Form​​​.

Research and Observational Positions Outside the Match

Strictly research and/or observational fellowships and clinical fellowships of less than six months in duration are outside of the match and may be arranged at any time directly with a fellowship program. The AOFAS is not involved in facilitating such fellowships.

Stats on Previous Matches

   Statistics for 2013 to 2018
          (for 2014-2015 positions to 2019-2020 positions)


Questions on the fellowship match application process may be addressed to the AOFAS Executive Office at, 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654.
AOFAS Fellowship Match Committee Chair:
   James R. Holmes, MD
   734-998-6594 (office)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
10/23/2018 2:17 PMChris Johnson
Shera PalmerAOFAS General Content


The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program Match, sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS), is designed to be a transparent, unbiased process in which applicants are matched to foot and ankle fellowship programs on a competitive basis. Participation in the match requires graduation from an allopathic or osteopathic medical school; a fellowship position is dependent upon successful completion of an approved orthopaedic surgery residency program.


Considerations when Choosing an Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program

Orthopaedic foot and ankle fellowship programs in the match are one year in length, generally from August 1 to July 31, with the exception of one program that currently offers a six-month fellowship. Some programs have one attending surgeon as mentor and one fellow, while other programs have multiple attendings and up to three fellows.
Some fellowships are affiliated with residency programs, and this offers opportunities for teaching and sharing the workload but also requires sharing the clinical experience. In fellowship programs that are not affiliated with residency programs, the fellow may function as the primary doctor for inpatient and/or emergency department care. This type of clinical setting often employs physician extenders, including physician assistants.
In ACGME-accredited programs, the fellow does not have the ability to bill or operate independently. Some non-ACGME accredited fellowship programs offer what is referred to as an “advanced clinical experience” and the fellow has the privileges of an attending surgeon and may take call, run a clinic, and/or operate and bill independently.
Research opportunities vary widely among programs. Clinical research opportunities, such as reporting a case series of a specific diagnosis or procedure, are often encouraged. Programs with basic science facilities may present other research options. Many programs have a formal requirement to complete at least one manuscript for publication during the year. In some programs, a fellow may be asked to author a review paper or book chapter.
Programs vary widely in their exposure to lower extremity trauma, and it is important to ask about this during the interview. Some programs are affiliated with one or more trauma centers and this experience is an integral part of the fellowship training. Other programs offer exposure to “cold trauma,” with delayed treatment of fractures, while still other programs focus on elective reconstruction cases and are not involved with trauma surgery.
The potential for call responsibilities should also be considered. Does the fellow cover urgent phone calls after hours? Does the fellow take general emergency department call as part of the fellowship program? How busy is the emergency department? Does the facility have a Level I or II trauma designation? Who has ultimate responsibility for patients treated by the fellow on call?
Location of the program is another important consideration. Some programs are in major metropolitan centers, and others are located in suburban or even rural areas. Patient populations and pathologies will vary depending on the location. There will also be differences in living expenses and lifestyles based on the location of the program. Some programs offer housing or subsidized housing so inquire about this during the interview.
Some fellowship programs provide opportunities to learn the “business” of medicine, and others may provide exposure to administrative or academic experiences. Ask about these opportunities during the interview.
Basic salary and benefits information is listed in each program Profile on the SF Match website. Salary and benefits will vary with each program and should be discussed during the interview process.
All programs should be willing to provide contact information for their former fellows. This can be a great resource, so do not hesitate to contact a program’s former fellows, as they were standing in your shoes just a few years earlier!

Tips for the Orthopaedic Fellowship Year 

View the recording of a 2016 webinar provided by the AAOS.


International Medical Graduates

International (non US/Canada) medical graduate applicants must have completed the USMLE and be certified by the ECFMG to be eligible to participate in the SF match. The Progra​m Profile identifies programs that accept international applicants as full fellows. Some programs offer research/observer positions outside the match and this may be of interest to some international medical graduates.

The Application and Interview Process

San Francisco Matching Service (SF Match (​) administers the application receipt and distribution process as well as the match process and administration of the rank lists. The AOFAS coordinates and oversees the match to ensure its fairness to all parties involved.
Program directors, faculty, and applicants are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and courteous manner. This includes the timing of interview invitations scheduled by programs and cancellation of interviews by applicants.

Residents may visit programs ahead of the interview season for the purpose of learning more about foot and ankle and solidifying foot and ankle as their choice of sub-specialty.  These visits, however, should be resident (and not fellowship program) initiated and should NOT constitute NOR substitute for the interview (nor should it be a guarantee of an interview or be used as a gateway for such).  The program should not require this sort of visit or promise any preferential treatment in exchange for a visit.
To keep the match process as fair as possible for both applicants and programs, contact following interviews is limited. Programs are not allowed to contact applicants individually at any time after the formal interview but may send identical written communication to all applicants. Applicants may contact a program following an interview if any questions arise, such as salary, research, etc. Routine logistical questions may be answered by phone by the fellowship coordinator but if any questions are directed to fellowship faculty, the answers will need to be provided in written form to all applicants to that program. Programs are not permitted to discuss rank lists with applicants.
If an applicant is interviewed by phone, over the internet (Skype), or at another venue such as the AAOS annual meeting and then decides that visiting the program in person would be beneficial to his/her decision-making process, this subsequent visit would be considered the formal interview. After this interview, no oral communication with fellowship faculty may take place. Again, no discussion of ranking or pressure on an applicant to discuss ranking is permitted at any time.
12/5/2018 11:42 AMJessica Dornfeld
Jessica DornfeldAOFAS General Content (Sidebar)

The AOFAS Resident Scholarship Program provides an incredible opportunity for orthopaedic surgery residents to attend the AOFAS Annual Meeting​ as guests of the Society and learn from leaders in the foot and ankle field.

​The scholarship covers registration fees for all Annual Meeting activities, including the Pre-meeting Course, Orthopaedic Resident Session, and Young Orthopaedic Surgeons Forum, along with lodging and a transportation stipend. In addition, Resident Scholars attend an exclusive gathering where they can network with experienced surgeons who serve as mentors in the program and other scholarship recipients.

Orthopaedic surgery residents in the US and Canada who are PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-3 during the academic year are eligible to apply​. Applications are evaluated on a competitive basisApplications are due in March annually.

Applications are now open for the 2019 Resident Scholarship Program!

Download the application and submit by March 4, 2019.

 2018 Resident Scholars


Program Guidelines

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society awards Resident Scholarships to PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-3 orthopaedic residents in US and Canadian training programs. This is an opportunity to attend the AOFAS Annual Meeting, learn more about foot and ankle surgery, and network with leading foot and ankle surgeons. 

Scholarship Criteria

The applicant must:

  • Be an orthopaedic surgery resident in first, second, or third year of training (excluding time spent in research) in a US or Canadian training program
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for and have a sincere interest in foot and ankle surgery
  • Be in good academic standing

Application Process

Applicants must:

  • Complete and submit the application by the posted deadline
  • Include a personal statement (no longer than 500 words) describing their interest in foot and ankle, what they want to learn from this experience, and how they will share what they learn
  • Include their curriculum vitae
  • Obtain a written recommendation from their orthopaedic training program director

Selection Process

Resident scholarship recipients are selected by the AOFAS Awards and Scholarships Committee based on assessment of the resident’s application, demonstrated interest in foot and ankle, and recommendation of the training program director.

For more information, contact the AOFAS Executive Office at or call 847-430-5082.

Note: The Resident Scholarship is a non-transferable, one-time-only opportunity. Scholars agree to abide by program terms and acknowledge that acceptance of a scholarship precludes receiving any future Resident Scholarships. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

11/1/2018 3:41 PMJessica Dornfeld
AOFAS General Content

Now accepting applications for the 2019 program!
Download the application and sub​mit by December 3, 2018.

The Traveling Fellowship Program offers a special opportunity for early-career AOFAS members to attend the AOFAS Annual Meeting and visit leading foot and ankle research and educational institutions. The program is open to AOFAS Active Members, Candidate Members, and International Members who are 45 years old or younger at the time of application. ​Applicants must be available for the full two-week experience, September 7-22, 2019.

At host sites, Traveling Fellows will observe operating rooms, learn new surgical techniques alongside accomplished surgeons, and present their own research and clinical experiences. The program aims to promote professional relationships, exchange ideas, and encourage new thinking on research and clinical care topics.

Questions? Contact the AOFAS Executive Office at or 800-235-4855 or +1-847-698-4654 (outside US).

The Traveling Fellowship Program is provided complimentary to AOFAS members as a benefit of membership. Funding for the 2018 program ​provided​ by the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation, supported in part by a grant from DJO™ Global.

12/13/2018 10:44 AMChristie Brannon
AOFAS General Content

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society is pleased to sponsor a Visiting Professor Program for orthopaedic residency training programs. The program goal is to enhance the educational experience of orthopaedic residents through a Visiting Professor's participation in clinics, lectures and/or grand rounds.

​​​Residency training programs without full-time orthopaedic foot and ankle faculty are given first priority in the application process. Senior members of the AOFAS, including board members, serve as Visiting Professors, and AOFAS staff members work with host institutions on dates and availability.

Click here for an application and guidelines​ for the Visiting Professor Program. Simply complete the application (a fillable PDF) and send it to the AOFAS office as instructed on the form.

The only cost to the hosting program is for a dinner with faculty and residents. Visiting Professors receive an honorarium from the AOFAS to cover their travel and lodging expenses.

For more information, contact the AOFAS Executive Office at​ or call 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654 (outside US). 

​   Vinod K. Panchbhavi, MD, FACS, visited residents at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio. 

Thomas G. Harris, MD, spent the day with orthopaedic residents at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, California as an AOFAS Visiting Professor, presenting foot and ankle lectures and participating in grand rounds​.​


Keith Wapner, MD (red shirt) visited the Medical College of Georgia Regents University.


Chris Chiodo, MD, and Jeffrey Johnson, MD, visited the University of Florida-Jacksonville as Visiting Professors. The visit included lectures and labs.
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Bruce Cohen, MD, visited with residents at San Antonio Military Medical Center.
Bruce Sangeorzan, MD (seventh from right) served as the Visiting Professor for Tripler Army Medical Center, The Queen's Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The event welcomed 19 residents and local faculty.