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Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship
The Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship at IU School of Medicine is a one-year program, accredited by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. The fellowship offers trainees a dynamic experience that encompasses all aspects of orthopaedic trauma—at Indiana’s most experienced Level I Trauma Center. Fellows receive an unmatched level of engagement from IU School of Medicine faculty orthopaedic surgeons to enhance surgical technique and skill through individually tailored and focused training.
Under the direction of Walter Virkus, MD, orthopaedic trauma fellows work alongside six fellowship-trained orthopaedic traumatologists, all of whom have trained at the busiest trauma centers in the United States. Dedicated to teaching, faculty orthopaedic surgeons treat the most complex injuries and train fellows with an emphasis on contemporary, evidence-based techniques.
Day-to-day clinical activities for fellows include participating in morning x-ray report and inpatient rounding to review trauma admissions from the previous afternoon, evening and overnight trauma admissions. Fellows also discuss diagnoses, surgical indications, surgical approach and anticipated outcomes. The advanced-practice provider staff, including physical therapists, discharge planners and nurses, and then round as a team through the intensive care unit and inpatient units. After rounding, orthopaedic trauma fellows accompany one of the attending staff to the operating room or to the orthopaedic physician office.
All clinical training for the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship occurs at IU Health Methodist Hospital, one of the busiest and most experienced trauma centers in the country, seeing more than 3600 trauma patients annually. IU Health Methodist is a top-ranked hospital in the country for quality and safety by University Health Consortium and has been ranked among the top 50 national programs in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” guide for 10 consecutive years.
This fellowship program has no off-site locations. Fellows are responsible for covering only IU Health Methodist Hospital; however, complex cases sometimes emerge at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Fellows are on call one out of every three weekends from home with attending coverage.
Orthopaedic trauma fellows are responsible for multiple education-related tasks, including attending indications conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences, and grand rounds presentations as well as accumulating three-to-four articles from peer-reviewed journals for discussion at monthly journal clubs. Fellows are also required to attend one Orthopaedic Trauma Continuing Medical Education (CME) Meeting during the duration of their training for which they receive a stipend for registration, travel and lodging. Fellows in this program are required to present at least one of the monthly Trauma Grand Rounds, annual Orthopaedic Trauma Symposium or annual Trauma Topics Conference.
In addition, fellows can gain research experience through the department’s initiatives related to improving patient outcomes through clinical and scientific research. In collaboration with IU Health Methodist Hospital, current research being conducted by IU School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery spans a wide spectrum of orthopaedic trauma topics, including bone healing in space, the use of intramedullary nails versus plate fixation in proximal tibia fractures, and more. Orthopaedic trauma fellows have opportunity to conduct orthopaedic research through the duration of the fellowship program if they choose to do so.
All applicants to the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship at IU School of Medicine must apply for open positions exclusively through the San Francisco Match. Match registration opens in June, and the deadline to apply is October. Interviews are conducted between December and February. For more information, applicants can contact Nancy Hanni.