Fellowship Match Program

January 21, 2016 Update

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. ​
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 awarding research grants, in acceptance of papers for presentation at Specialty Day and the Annual Summer Meeting, selection of symposia and educational course faculty, committee membership and/or positions on the Society’s Board of Directors.


Available Positions for 2016-17

Click here​ for a list of available positions for 2016-17. Please contact the programs directly to apply.

Stats on Previous Matches

For statistics for all matches from the 2010 match for 2011-2012 positions to the 2015 match for 2016-17 positions click 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.




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


​Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeons who matched in Fellowship Programs in the AOFAS-sponsored Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Match, 2008-2015 

Click here​​​​​
to view the list. 

 Important Dates


2016 Match Timetable for 2017-2018 Positions

Monday, July 20, 2015: Program agreements, position listing form, and profiles due to AOFAS

​Monday, August 10, 2015: Applicants may begin registering on the SF Match website, www.sfmatch.org.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 to Monday, March 7, 2016: Applicants may submit applications to AOFAS. 
Program Profile​ lists individual program deadlines

Submission by Tuesday, December 1, 2015 is strongly recommended 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 to Monday, March 21, 2016: Programs may conduct interviews.

Monday, March 28, 2016 (Noon, PT): Deadline for applicants and programs to submit their rank lists to SF Match.
Monday, April 4, 2016: AOFAS will notify unmatched applicants and programs that they will be participating in a post-match scramble and will be given interview guidelines.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016: Match Day, results available by logging into SF Match Account

Tuesday – Friday, April 5 – 8, 2016: Post-match scramble for unmatched applicants and programs with unfilled positions to interview

Friday, April 8, 2016 (11:00 am, PT): Programs can offer unfilled positions to unmatched applicants

Monday, April 11, 2016: Post-match vacancies listed on SF Match and AOFAS websites

 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:
Send Directly to Programs / to AOFAS:
  • Four letters of reference directly from the referrer

Detailed instructions are on the Application Form.