Orthopaedic PA Fellowship Curriculum Overview

Each sub-specialty has a PA mentor, who has created rotation objectives. These objectives were discussed with and approved by the fellowship director in collaboration with the rotation mentor. In addition, appropriate learning modules were selected, and clinical competency checklists were created for each rotation. A sample of a rotation objective and schedule is shown below.

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Conferences and Didactics

PA fellows will attend orthopaedic grand rounds, sports conference, and the sub-specialty conferences for their current rotation.

Clinical Training

Sample PA Orthopaedic Fellowship Rotation Schedule

Patient Care

Clinical orientation includes exposure to other APPs in a clinical setting to understand how clinics are run, providing preliminary training in independent patient care. The PA fellow then begins an autonomous weekly clinic, increasing to full patient volumes within the first few months. On core rotations, the fellow generally spends another day per week in a subspecialty clinic with the orthopaedic surgeon mentor for that rotation, as well as 3 days in the OR. With this schedule, the fellow continues to accumulate clinical insight throughout the year to increase independent clinical skills.