Overall Purpose / Mission
Provide oversight and direction for orthopaedic fellowship programs. Ensure a fair and transparent match process and fellowship year for the applicant, fellow, and program. Foster the development and maturation of uniform educational standards as well as
relationships with ACGME, ABOS and other accrediting/recognizing institutions.
1. Establish, promote, and monitor “common” fellowship elements,
such as application forms and announcement dates.
2. Serve as the orthopaedic fellowship information clearinghouse, including the match.
3. Troubleshoot difficulties of development, implementation, or maintenance within individual subspecialty fellowship programs.
4. Provide a forum for strategic discussions of fellowship issues and concerns of residents and orthopaedic residency and fellowship program directors.
5. Increase transparency and communications regarding the fellowship process.
6. Serve as a forum for discussion and resolution of concerns or conflicts, including those related to common accreditation requirements.
7. Maintain and report fellowship data which includes demographics on applicants, fellows, outcomes and results.
8. Work with the subspecialty societies to facilitate the development and updating of guidelines and competency measures across specialty society fellowships.
9. Create educational tools to enhance residents’ knowledge of, and experience with, the orthopaedic fellowship process, subspecialties, and related topics.
10. Provide any needed oversight of the centralized infrastructure supporting alternative accreditation pathways.
11. Inform the AAOS Board on any fellowship issues.
12. Oversee the development and implementation of the Fellowship Directors’ Forum and its related activities.
Chair – to be elected by the committee members.
Vice Chair – to be elected by the committee members.
Ten (10) members – one from each of the eight subspecialty fellowship programs including one each from the Adult Reconstruction and Tumor program, and one each from Sports and AANA.
Another individual selected from the chair’s subspecialty fellowship program would fill the vacancy created by the chair selection.
Term of Office
For chair; one three (3) year term; eligible for one (1) additional three (3) year term
For vice chair; one three (3) year term; eligible for one (1) additional three (3) year term
members; one three (3) year term; eligible for one (1) additional three (3)
Senior Manager, Membership Engagement
Last Updated: 10/1/2017