Fellowship Match Program

January 29, 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 happy 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 aofasinfo@aofas.org, 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654.

Benefits to Fellows

Fellows in programs that participate in the match are eligible for benefits, including waiver of dues during the fellowship year, a 50% reduction in dues during the first year of practice, and inclusion in a listing on the AOFAS website.

Fellowship Programs in the Match

Participation of fellowship programs in the match is based on consensus by the foot and ankle fellowship directors. To ensure fairness, fellowship directors annually sign a legal agreement with the AOFAS committing their program and faculty to abide by the Code of Conduct​ and 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 position, please contact the programs directly to apply.  Use the application form provided here​.

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 2012 to 2017
          (for 2013-2014 positions to 2018-2019 positions)


Questions on the fellowship match application process may be addressed to the AOFAS Executive Office at aofasinfo@aofas.org, 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654.
AOFAS Fellowship Match Committee Chair:
   James R. Holmes, MD
   734-998-6594 (office)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeons who completed a fellowship in one of the AOFAS-sponsored Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle  Fellowship Match Programs 

Fellows 2008-2017​​​​​​

 2018 Match Info


2018 Match Timetable for

 2019-2020 Positions

"Tips for the Orthopaedic Fellowship Match" -- This live webinar was held August 22, 2017.Link to the recording​

August 15, 2017: Application period begins.  Applications are accepted on the SF Match website, www.sfmatch.org, until March 5, 2018.

November 1, 2017: Suggested target date to submit application.

Friday, December 1, 2017, through Friday, March 23, 2018:  Programs may begin conducting interviews.

Monday, March 26, 2018​​ (Noon, PT): Deadline for applicants and programs to submit their rank lists to SF Match.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 (6:00 am, PT): Match Day, results available by logging into SF Match Account

Tuesday–Friday, April 3–16, 2018: Post-match scramble for unmatched applicants and programs with unfilled positions to interview

Monday, April 16, 2018 (11:00am PT): Programs can offer unfilled positions to unmatched applicants

Friday, April 20, 2018: Post-match vacancies listed on SF Match and AOFAS websites

 Application Process--Match


To Apply:
View the Program List to see all of the programs offering positions for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Register and apply for the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Match on the San Francisco Match website (www.sfmatch.org).

Complete the centralized application, which includes the following components:
  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Four letters of reference (one of which must be from your residency director)
Select the programs you want to receive your application.

The SF Match registration fee is $100.  Additional fees will be charged based on the number of programs selected for distribution of your application. (Applications sent directly to fellowship programs will not be accepted.)

Detailed instructions are on the SF Match website (www.sfmatch.org).