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Lower Extremity and Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
IU School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship in lower extremity and adult reconstructive (LEAR) hip and knee surgery. This fellowship encompasses nearly all aspects of lower extremity adult reconstruction, including primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty (total joint replacement). This program also includes unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, minimally invasive surgical techniques, a variety of anterior and posterior-based hip surgical approaches, as well as computer-assisted surgical techniques. Emphasis is placed on complex revision hip and knee reconstruction, including the surgical treatment of peri-prosthetic infection.
Lower Extremity and Adult Reconstructive (LEAR) Surgery fellows rotate a total of eight months each with Dr. R. Michael Meneghini at IU Health Saxony Hospital, and four months at IU Health West Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, IU Health University Hospital and Eskenazi Health with Dr. J. Andrew Parr. Under the supervision of Dr. Meneghini or Dr. Parr throughout the fellowship year, fellows are responsible for inpatient and outpatient musculoskeletal care with an emphasis on evidence-based decision making. Training includes didactic lectures, case presentation, critical review of peer-reviewed journals, weekly indications conferences, and an extensive surgical and office experience with various faculty surgeons. The opportunity for clinical and basic science research is offered and encouraged throughout the fellowship.
Although not mandatory, fellows are encouraged to attend the annual American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons meeting held each year in Dallas, Texas, as well as other educational courses focused on hip and knee reconstruction, including the annual Contemporary Approaches to Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction course hosted at IU Health Saxony Hospital. In addition, there are weekly conferences held each Wednesday and Friday, as well as the annual Garceau Wray Lectureship which represents the education conference at the time of resident and fellow graduation. Attendance at monthly IU LEAR Journal Club, Quarterly Cadaver Lab and Quarterly Indiana Statewide Joint Council is expected. The fellow is required to present a research project complete with data analysis and conclusion, of high-quality methodology and content with subsequent submission to a peer-reviewed journal for publication. Several social events occur throughout the academic year in which fellows are encouraged to attend.
All Fellowship match applicants must apply for open positions exclusively through the San Francisco Match. The Adult and Reconstructive Hip and Knee Fellowship match is sponsored by the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), the Hip Society and the Knee Society. Registration and the match is administered by the San Francisco Matching Program (SF Match), designed to be a transparent, unbiased process in which applicants and programs are matched. The Match takes place in April one year prior to active start date and after the application and interview process has ended and confidential rank lists are sent to the SF Match.