Fellowship Match Program

April 18, 2016

​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 AOFAS administers the application receipt and distribution process, and administration of the rank lists and the match process is handled by the San Francisco Matching Service (SF Match).


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 on 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.


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

Please contact the programs directly to apply.

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.

Participating fellowship programs may not offer ANY six-month or longer fellowship positions outside of the match prior to Match Day.


Stats on Previous Matches

   Statistics for 2011 to 2016
          (for 2012-2013 positions to 2017-2018 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 matched in Fellowship Programs in the AOFAS-sponsored Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Match 

Fellows 2008-2015​​​​​​

 2016 Match Info

2016 Match:  CLOSED.

Open positions:
Apply directly to programs.

2017 Match Deadlines: to be posted late Spring 2016; 
applications will open in Summer 2016.


 Application Process


The first step for applicants is to register for the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Match on the San Francisco Match website, www.sfmatch.org.  

The SF Match registration fee is $50 and covers the administrative costs of the rank list submission and the match process. Upon registering, the applicant will receive an ID number to be entered on the AOFAS Fellowship Application form.
The AOFAS staff administers the application receipt and distribution process. The AOFAS does not charge applicants for this service.  To assist applicants in providing, and fellowship programs in receiving, complete and consistent information, the AOFAS has developed a universal application form and submission process.
To Apply:
View the Program Profile or information on each fellowship program.  Applicants may contact any program directly to request additional information.

Send to AOFAS:
  • Fellowship Application Form
  • Program Application List
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
Send Directly to Programs / to AOFAS:
  • Four letters of reference directly from the referrer

Detailed instructions are on the Application Form.