Education


Wright Medical Fellowship Scholarship

 

Established by the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation from a gift from Wright Medical Group N.V., the Wright Medical Fellowship Scholarship Fund supports orthopaedic fellowship training programs, specifically by enhancing the fellows' educational and research or other scholarly experience during their fellowship year.

 

Congratulations to the 2019-20 Scholarship Recipients!

The following orthopaedic foot and ankle fellowship programs have been awarded grants for the 2019-20 academic year. The grant money is divided equally among the 56 fellowship positions at the programs.

  • Andrews Institute Athletic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Baylor University Medical Center Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship

  • Beaumont Health Orthopaedic Surgery Foot and Ankle Fellowship (Royal Oak Campus)

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Cleveland Clinic Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship

  • Congress Harbor UCLA Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Duke University Medical Center Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Fairview-Twin Cities Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Florida Orthopaedic Institute Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Harvard Medical School-MGH Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Hospital for Special Surgery Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Illinois Bone & Joint Institute Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Medical College of Wisconsin Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • MedStar Union Memorial Hospital Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital Foot and Ankle Fellowship

 

  • OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute Fellowship

  • The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Center of Washington DC Fellowship

  • Penn State College of Medicine Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Rush University Medical Center/Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • The Steadman Clinic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • University of California-Davis/ROC Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • University of Colorado Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship

  • University of Iowa Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • University of Pennsylvania Foot & Ankle Fellowship

  • University of Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • University of Rochester Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • University of Tennessee-Campbell Clinic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston/McGovern Medical School Foot & Ankle Fellowship

  • University of Utah Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • University of Virginia Foot and Ankle Fellowship

  • Washington University School of Medicine Foot and Ankle Fellowship

 

Grant Purpose

The purpose and only use of this Grant is for funding the education and training of fellows enrolled in a qualifying AOFAS-affiliated orthopaedic foot and ankle fellowship program. It is the intent that this Grant fund specific endeavors of advanced orthopaedic foot and ankle education and scientific inquiry, and humanitarian efforts, rather than solely salary support. Grants will be issued to fellowship programs, not to individual fellows.


Grant Calendar

The standard academic year supported by this grant is August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021

Application submission deadline: May 29, 2020 – 2:00 PM CT

Grant status notification to applicants:  July 15-31, 2020

Grants disbursements: on or after November 1, 2020 (after we receive your final report)


Program Eligibility Requirements

  • Program must be either charitable or have an academic affiliation (AdvaMed requirement)
  • Program must have participated in the 2019 AOFAS-sponsored Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Match for the 2020-21 academic year AND have at least one fellow arranged for that fellowship year
  • Program Director, as well as any Co-Director, must be a current AOFAS Active Member in good standing
  • Fellowship Director must be board-certified in orthopaedics (ABOS, AOBOS, or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada), and all other fellowship program faculty must be board-certified or board eligible


Requirements for Programs Awarded a Grant

  • Program must pay AOFAS membership dues for their fellows
  • Program must pay for their fellows to attend the AOFAS 2020 Annual Meeting or another approved activity
  • Fellow(s) must submit a manuscript to FAI/FAO during the fellowship year or submit an abstract to the 2021 Annual Meeting or show some level of scholarly activity.
  • Program must submit total case numbers per fellow for the academic year of the grant (case logs not required; totals only)


Grant Amount and Expenditures

Amount of Grant

Maximum grant amounts will be determined by dividing the total grant dollars ($460,000) by the number of programs selected to receive funding and dividing that figure again by the total number of filled fellowship positions at those programs for the 2020-21 academic year. The intent is for each selected program to receive an equal per-fellow amount, but the exact amount is dependent upon, and subject to, Fellowship Grants Review Committee recommendations and ultimate approval by the AOFAS Board of Directors.

Expenditures

Eligible and ineligible expenses for the fellow(s) are specified below. Funds unused by the close of the fellowship year shall be returned to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation.

Covered expenses

  • salary
  • benefits
  • direct educational expenses for AOFAS meetings/courses, including …
    • meeting/course registration fees
    • travel
    • housing accommodations
    • meals (within reason)
  • AOFAS membership dues
  • Research activity
  • manuscript/abstract submission fees for AOFAS meetings/publications

Non-covered Expenses

  • license registration and/or renewal
  • malpractice insurance coverage
  • capital equipment expenditures
  • overhead (including indirect costs from shared services)
  • endowment funding
  • other expenses not deemed to directly benefit fellow education upon review by the Committee


Review

The Fellowship Grants Review Committee

The Fellowship Grants Review Committee (the "Review Committee") will include only current AOFAS members in good standing at the Active, Candidate or Emeritus levels. It will be comprised of six‑ten (6‑10) members and a Chair. The Chair of the Fellowship Match Committee, having no affiliation with a fellowship program, will chair the Review Committee.

All members of the Fellowship Match Committee will serve as members of the Review Committee, with the balance of members being appointed by the Chair on an ad hoc basis. Committee size at any one time will be determined by the perceived workload. Review Committee members participating in or affiliated with a fellowship program applying for grant money will recuse themselves from any involvement whatsoever in the review, consideration, or selection of that program as a grant recipient.

Application Review Process

Subject to the restrictions specified above, three members of the Fellowship Grants Review Committee, will review each submission prior to a meeting of all qualifying Review Committee members to discuss the eligibility of each program and the quality of the grant application. Qualifying members of the Review Committee will, by consensus, determine the final grant recipients and will report those, along with the recommended grant amount for each, to the AOFAS Board of Directors no later than July 31, 2020.

Post Hoc Review Process/Reporting Requirements

Within 30 days of the end of the fellowship year, each program will complete a final report, which shall include the following items:

  1. a brief narrative of activities supported by the Grant, including but not limited to the following:
    • educational program participation funded – meeting name(s)
    • podium/poster presentations
    • publications – include article PDF or citation
    • accepted abstracts
    • submitted scientific or educational works
  2. financial accounting of all grant money expenditures
  3. number of cases performed by each fellow


Questions?

Contact Guadalupe Trejo, AOFAS Education Manager, at gtrejo@aofas.org or Aaron Guyer, MD, at aaron.guyer@tlhoc.com.