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Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery and Scoliosis Fellowship

Dr. Robert Bielski and a resident reviews an x-ray in an exam room at Riley Hospital.

Indiana University School of Medicine offers a one-year fellowship in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Scoliosis. This fellowship offers a dynamic training experience that encompasses all aspects of orthopedics at Indiana’s only Pediatric 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. This program is accredited by POSNA (Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America).

Clinical Experience

Under the direction of Robert J. Bielski, MD, pediatric orthopaedic fellows work alongside enthusiastic doctors, all of whom have trained at the busiest trauma centers in the United States. Dedicated to their teaching, these faculty orthopaedic surgeons treat the most complex injuries and train fellows with an emphasis on contemporary, evidence-based techniques. The fellow is expected to manage all aspects of their patients’ clinical care. The fellow presents the clinical condition to their attending, including examination, diagnosis and treatment options, both surgical and non-surgical. The fellow is also responsible for pre-operative planning and execution of the surgical plan under the supervision of the assigned faculty.

Professional Development

The fellow participates in the didactic teaching schedule and give presentations at the weekly pediatric orthopaedic teaching conference for residents.

The fellow assists faculty members in teaching casting to junior residents and provides insight and teaching at ER follow-up conferences and weekly indications conferences, where each case is reviewed from presentation to treatment to outcome. Pertinent literature and faculty experience are included in the discussions.

The fellow is expected to complete one research project of publishable quality during their time studying with IU School of Medicine. The fellow is responsible for the project from start to completion under the supervision of the research committee. This includes developing a hypothesis, formulating a research plan, collecting the data and performing the analysis. The research committee provides guidance on how to design and implement the study and interpret the results.


All applicants for the Pediatric Orthopaedics Surgery & Scoliosis Fellowship at IU School of Medicine must apply for open positions exclusively through the San Francisco Match. 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.

Teaching Faculty

Program Director
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Robert J. Bielski, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

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Christine B. Caltoum, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Tyler W. Christman, DO

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Randall T. Loder, MD

Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery

Gunnar Tysklind, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery