Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

University Affiliation: University of California, San Francisco

Institutions: San Francisco General Hospital

Primary Hospital Size: 300 Beds

Length of Fellowship: 1 Year

Fellowship Positions: 1

Stipend: $6,1971.00 plus benefits

Trauma Faculty

Theodore Miclau III, M.D. (Fellowship Director)
Amir Matityahu, M.D.
Nicole Strauss Schroeder, M.D.
Murat Pekmezci, M.D.
Richard Coughlin, M.D.
Meir Marmor, M.D.
Saam Morshed, M.D.
Eric Meinberg, M.D.

Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

The orthopedic trauma fellowship at San Francisco
General Hospital and University of California, San Francisco is designed to
give the fellow broad training in the management of patients with orthopedic
traumatic injuries and reconstruction. Each fellow has many opportunities to
care for the multiply injured patient with specifical focus on orthopedic
injuries. The fellow is involved with all types of procedures, including
emergent, elective, and reconstructive procedures of the orthopedic trauma
patient. The fellow receives both instructional and practical teaching to
achieve competency in developing diagnostic, procedural, technical, and
interventional skills essential for the performance of orthopedic traumatology.
Additionally, the fellow has the opportunity and is required to be involved in
orthopedic trauma related research projects. This is supported by an in-house
biomechanics and molecular biology laboratory. The orthopedic trauma fellow
will have a superior clinical experience during the 12 month fellowship. There
is a hands-on experience, as well as understanding and appreciation of a team
approach to the care of the trauma patient with musculoskeletal injuries.

The completion of this fellowship requires the fellow to achieve competency in patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning, and interpersonal and communication skills related to the trauma patient. The orthopedic fellow is the most senior house officer and is responsible for all patient care on his team. Since the service is chief resident, fellow, and attending directed, they are always backed up by the attending. The fellow is expected to instruct the residents through articles, lectures, and practical experience in the operating rooms and clinics.


The fellow is expected to spend his/her time in research 1 day per week and the other split between the operating room and clinics. Call will be, on average, one weekday per week and every 4th weekend. Each fellow will have four weeks of vacation.

Board rounds:

Morning X-ray rounds begin at 6:45 a.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. During X-ray board rounds, the on-call
resident presents the cases that were treated during the previous 24 hours. The
fellow will be encouraged to comment on treatment options, reduction methods,
and relevant literature related to these cases.


Morning conferences begin at the conclusion of X-ray board rounds.

Monday:   Pre-operative case conference

Tuesday:   Interdisciplinary case presentation / M&M conferences

Wednesday:  Grand rounds/Basic Science conference (Departmental)

Thursday:   Foot and ankle/radiology conferences

Friday:    Trauma conference is conducted by the fellow and fellowship director.
        Residents present a specific topic in trauma and fracture care.
        The fellow is responsible for current literature review.

Other conferences will include monthly cadaver and/or bioskills labs on a monthly basis. There is a teaching conference on each of these days, which include trauma, spine, foot and ankle, radiology, morbidity and mortality, indications and interdisciplinary case presentation conferences.

Orthopedic trauma journal club:

The orthopedic trauma fellow and attending staff are responsible for topic selection, review, and reading assignment on a monthly basis. The trauma fellow and attending will read every article to be presented by a resident during journal club.


The orthopedic fellow must complete at least one publishable research project. Available resources include comprehensive biomechanics and molecular biology labs with full-time PhD support. Also available are ongoing national multicenter and local clinical research projects.


The orthopedic fellow will be provided the opportunity to attend several meetings sponsored by the AAOS and industry. The
fellow will attend the annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association in the fall.

Trauma Admissions/Year: 1,300 patients with orthopaedic trauma

Emergency Dept. Visits/Year: 1,600 orthopaedic consults from the emergency room

Total Orthopaedic Trauma Procedures/Year: 1,400

Clinic visits: 22,000+ per year

How to Apply for the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

The Department is currently accepting applications for the 2015/2016 academic year through the SF Match process (

Interviews will be in December, January, and February by invitation.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Chatcuff mailto:(Chatcuff@orthosurg.ucsf.ed) or call 415-206-4532.