August 24, 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 email@example.com
, 800-235-4855 or
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.
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
(for 2012-2013 positions to 2017-2018 positions)
Questions on the fellowship match application process may be addressed to the AOFAS Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
, 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654.
AOFAS Fellowship Match Committee Chair:
James R. Holmes, MD