Fellowship Curriculum

General layout of the fellowship year

The fellowship is ACGME accredited and offered through Michigan Medicine beginning August 1st and concluding July 31st. The majority of the fellowship will be spent in Ann Arbor working at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in both the clinic and operating room. A dedicated research day is also required weekly in order to produce a manuscript by the end of the year.

The fellowship program does not assign set rotations in order to allow the fellow to maintain a large scope and experience a continuous case mix throughout the academic year. The majority of the fellows schedule is determined by the fellow based on surgical case preference and with the expectation that the fellow will meet the designated milestones of the program.

Time will also be set aside for conferences as follows:

    • 1.5 hour lecture series (q2 months)
    • Preoperative case conference (weekly)
    • Fracture/Postoperative case conference (weekly)
    • Complex case conference (weekly)

Mexico City Elective

In addition, the program has supported the fellow completing an elective travel rotation at Shriner's Hospital for Children in Mexico City, Mexico. The extended learning opportunity will be under the direction of Dr. Felipe Haces, Chief of staff at SHC-Mexico.

National Meetings

The fellowship program allows for the fellow to attend two National Orthopaedic conferences during the academic year.

Surgical Cases:

Surgical cases begin at 7:30am. The fellows choose operative cases the week prior when the chief resident on the service makes the schedule. The fellow typically operates three days a week and averages approximately 400 cases per year. Particular pathology that have set expectations within in the program include spinal fusion procedures, open hip reductions, fracture care, and clubfoot casting. 


The fellow will be in a faculty clinic one day per week.

Daily and Weekend Rounding:

The senior residents and fellow split senior rounding responsibilities. The rounding team, on the weekend, is responsible for covering surgical cases that are added on a weekend morning. 

Call Responsibility:

No primary or back-up call is requested of the fellow.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Pediatric orthopaedic lectures (every two months)-pediatric topics are part of the resident lecture series. The fellow assists with preparation, presenting a lecture or cases, and/or creating an Orthobullets test.
  • Fracture/Post-operative Conference occurs on Wednesday and the fellow is expected to attend.
  • Complex Case Conference occurs on Thursday morning and the fellow is responsible for organizing this conference. 


  • The fellow will have one day per week dedicated to research and is expected to complete at least one publishable project by the end of the year.

Here is a list of publications our fellows completed with our faculty.


  • Two O-arms: navigated pedicle screws, physeal bar resection, tarsal coalition resection
  • EOS
  • Faculty trained and site approved for VBT
  • Multicenter studies: PSSG, FACTS, CORTICES
  • Interdisciplinary clinics: OI