Resident Skills Course


Open to US and Canadian orthopaedic residents in PGY1 through PGY4 (during the 2022-23 academic year), AOFAS Resident Skills Courses offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with foot and ankle surgical procedures.

Resident Skills Courses are free, but you must submit an application. Selected residents will receive:

  • Complimentary registration and lab fees

  • A one-night hotel stay the night before the course

  • Breakfast and lunch on the day of the course

Residents traveling more than 5 hours to attend the course may also request a $500 travel stipend.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Space is limited — apply today!


Resident Skills Lab

2023 Courses


Saturday, July 22
Paragon 28
Englewood, Colorado

Course Chairs: Paul G. Talusan, MD, and Rishin J. Kadakia, MD

This course offers hands-on training with MTP Joint Fusion, Ankle Fracture Surgery, and Ankle/Subtalar Fusion.


Saturday, August 19
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Surgical Skills Lab
Columbus, Ohio

Course Chairs: Kevin D. Martin, DO, and Sara Lyn Miniaci-Coxhead, MD

This course offers hands-on training with Ankle Arthroscopy, Modified Broström, and Achilles Tendon Repair. See highlights from the 2022 course on our Instagram page!

The AOFAS Resident Skills Course at Ohio State University is funded by the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation, supported in part by grants from Stryker and Arthrex, and in-kind equipment from Stryker, Arthrex, and Smith + Nephew.

Application Criteria

The applicant must:

  • Be an orthopaedic surgery resident in their first, second, or third year of training during the 2022-23 academic year, or fourth year in a program without a foot and ankle rotation, in a US or Canadian training program.

  • Demonstrate enthusiasm for and have a sincere interest in foot and ankle surgery

  • Be in good academic standing

Application Process

The applicant must:

  • Complete and submit the application

  • Include a personal statement (no longer than 500 words) describing their interest in foot and ankle, what they want to learn from this experience, and how they will share what they learn

Selection Process

Resident Skills Course participants are selected based on assessment of the resident's application and demonstrated interest in foot and ankle.

For more information, contact the AOFAS Executive Office at

Note: Selection for the Resident Skills Course is a non-transferable, one-time-only opportunity. Participants agree to abide by program terms.