Resident Skills Course


Open to US and Canadian orthopaedic residents in PGY1 through PGY4 (during the 2023-24 academic year), AOFAS Resident Skills Courses offer the opportunity to gain hands-on cadaveric 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 may also apply for a $500 stipend to help offset the cost of travel.

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

Resident Skills Lab

2024 Courses


Saturday, July 27
Paragon 28
Englewood, Colorado (Denver area)

Course Chair: Matthew S. Conti, MD

This course offers hands-on training in Hallux Rigidus Surgery, Ankle Fracture Surgery, and Ankle/Subtalar Fusion.


Saturday, August 17 - AT CAPACITY
Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia

Course Chair: Rishin J. Kadakia, MD

This course offers hands-on training in Ankle Fracture Surgery, Calcaneus Fracture Surgery, and Achilles Repair.

Application Criteria

The applicant must:

  • Be an orthopaedic surgery resident in their first, second, or third year of training during the 2023-24 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

Note: Selection for the Resident Skills Course is a non-transferable, one-time-only opportunity. Participants agree to abide by program terms. Residents can only attend one of the offered courses. Residents who participated in the 2022 or 2023 Skills Courses (at Ohio State University or Paragon 28) are not eligible to attend a 2024 course.

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 surgery, what they want to learn from this experience, and how they will share what they learn

Application form and supportive material will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the program is full. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Process

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

If selected, AOFAS will arrange and cover the cost of the resident's course registration and any lodging accommodations. The resident will be responsible for arranging their own travel to the course. If approved for a travel stipend of $500, the funds will be issued by AOFAS to the resident.

For more information, contact the AOFAS at