November 25, 2015 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 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 email@example.com or 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654.
The chair of the AOFAS Fellowship Match Committee is James R. Holmes, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-998-6594 (office).