Fellowship Match Program

September 8, 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.

New for the 2017 Match: The San Francisco Matching Service (SF Match) will administer the application receipt and distribution process, in addition to the rank lists and match process they have managed in the past. AOFAS staff are happy to be of assistance, 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 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, using 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.

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 2008-2016​​​​​​

 2017 Match Info


2017 Match Timetable for

 2018-2019 Positions

Applications are now being accepted on the SF Match website, www.sfmatch.org.
Applicants may register for the Match and download a copy of the application.

Application deadline
March 6, 2017 - However ...

Submission by Thursday, December 1, 2016, is strongly recommended. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016, to Monday, March 20, 2017: Programs may conduct interviews.

Monday, March 27, 2017 (Noon, PT): Deadline for applicants and programs to submit their rank lists to SF Match.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017: Match Day, results available by logging into SF Match Account

Tuesday – Friday, April 4 – 7, 2017: Post-match scramble for unmatched applicants and programs with unfilled positions to interview

Friday, April 7, 2017 (11:00am PT): Programs can offer unfilled positions to unmatched applicants

Monday, April 10, 2017: Post-match vacancies listed on SF Match and AOFAS websites

 Application Process


To Apply:
View the Program Profiles list for information on each participating fellowship program to determine which ones are of interest.

Register 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 wish 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).