Goals and Characteristics
The UCSF Arthroplasty Fellowship is designed to provide fellows with a comprehensive and rigorous training in the evaluation and operative management of lower extremity arthroplasty problems. Our mission is to train surgeons to be compassionate and capable care providers, with the knowledge and skills to care for patients presenting along a broad spectrum of pathology. Unique aspects of this fellowship include significant exposure to complex primary and revision arthroplasty cases, a strong educational program with teaching and research conferences 3 days per week, and exposure to new technologies including minimally invasive approaches, surgical navigation, alternative bearing surfaces, and investigational studies involving new devices and clinical trials. The faculty of the UCSF Arthroplasty Service perform over 1000 operative procedures per year, encompassing a balance of simple and complex primary and revision cases.
Extensive research opportunities exist in the fellowship, and all fellows are required to prepare one manuscript based upon original research for publication. Opportunities exist for clinical research through the UCSF Arthroplasty Database and the UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Health Outcomes Center, a multi-disciplinary research center that includes orthopaedic surgeons, epidemiologists, and other health services researchers. Basic science facilities are also available, including bioengineering, biomechanics, and molecular biology laboratories.