The Pediatric Orthopaedic Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2012 and has since had a fellow in training each year. This is a one-year fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery with board exposure to all pediatric orthopaedic conditions and diagnoses, including spinal deformity, trauma, and complex congenital abnormalities.
Fellows apply and are selected through the San Francisco Match process. An applicant must have completed an ACGME-accredited orthopaedic surgery residency and be able to attain a Pennsylvania Medical License.
The pediatrics fellow participates in the care of pediatric orthopaedic patients at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the associated pediatric orthopaedic clinics. Currently, there are seven full-time pediatric orthopaedic surgeons attending at Children’s Hospital and the fellow works with all seven. This fellowship includes a large volume of tertiary-level surgical reconstructions as well as exposure to the clinical management of complex pediatric orthopaedic conditions. With only one fellow accepted into the program each year, there is a unique focus on the training of this individual. The program contains an especially broad focus on children with spine deformity, hip preservation requirements, trauma, and sports injuries.
The fellow also participates in the treatment of children in the Erie Shriner’s Outpatient Clinic and Ambulatory Surgery Center. These patients often have complex, tertiary-level deformities and receive their hospital care at Children’s Hospital. Opportunities and requirements for fellow participation also exist in resident education and research.