Fellowship programs provide post-residency subspecialty training to prepare surgeons for a career in academic orthopaedics, in private practice with an academic emphasis and in private practice with an area of special interest. Fellowships offer a balance of intensive clinical experience, research and teaching opportunities and augment and enhance the residency training program. The following subspecialties currently offer fellowships

Type  Positions Length Director
Adult Reconstruction 1 1 Year Mauro Giordani, M.D. 
Foot and Ankle  2 1 Year Eric Giza, M.D.
Hand/Upper Extremity 1 1 Year Robert M. Szabo, M.D. 
Spine 2 1 Year Eric Klineberg, M.D. 
Trauma 2 1 year Mark A. Lee, M.D. 

Overview of each fellowship

The Adult Reconstruction Fellowship is a one year program in primary and revision total joint replacements of the hip and knee beginning August 1st of each year. A high volume of primary and revision cases as well as the opportunity for research projects should prepare applicant for a career in either academics or private practice. The primary goal of this Adult Reconstruction Fellowship is to mentor an individual in all aspects of adult reconstruction. This fellowship is an exciting, state of the art experience that has numerous specialists who promise to provide a learning experience of both traditional and cutting edge innovations in the field. Each staff person has a diverse training experience and brings a unique perspective to total joint replacement. Many are heavily involved in research as well as clinical pursuits and education. Four of the five workdays are spent in the operating room. The fifth day is a protected day to pursue research interests and gain office experience. Substantial research opportunities are available with ample support to assist in the production of publishable quality projects. The schedule is established as a full year rotation schedule, rather than a rotation format, to assure the experience and relationships with each attending are maximized.  The UC Davis Adult Reconstructive fellowship is not ACGME accredited.  All interested individuals should apply through the AAHKS Fellowship Match.  For more information about this fellowship, please see our brochure (PDF).

Adult Reconstruction fellowship interviews will be held on Friday, February 2nd, 2018.

The Foot and Ankle Fellowship offers a comprehensive curriculum with in-depth exposure to the clinical management of orthopaedic foot and ankle patients. The fellow will rotate between the UC Davis Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (Sacramento, CA) and the Reno Orthopaedic Clinic (Reno, Nevada) with six months at each location. This allows the fellow to participate in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative management of patients in both an academic setting and a private practice setting. The UC Davis Medical Center is a leader in state-of-the-art orthopaedic surgery, research and education, with a musculoskeletal research center that is among the most sophisticated and interdisciplinary in the nation. There will be ample opportunity to perform basic science and clinical research. The six month rotation at the Reno Orthopaedic Clinic will provide the fellow with a quality business curriculum not offered by any other fellowship program in the nation. Areas of instruction include such topics as trauma system management, private practice development, billing and coding techniques, and hospital contracting. The fellow will meet with various hospital executives and administrators as well as lawyers, marketing directors, pharmacists and purchasing personnel. UC Davis foot and ankle fellowship is not ACGME accredited. More information may be found in our fellowship brochure (PDF). All interested individuals should apply through the SF Match program.

Foot and Ankle Fellowship fellowship interviews will be held on Monday, January 22nd and Monday, Janurary 29th, 2018.

The Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Fellowship offers comprehensive exposure to traumatic and reconstructive hand surgery, as well as microvascular surgery and surgical correction of congenital defects. On-call coverage is in cooperation with the Department of Plastic Surgery. The fellowship allots time for the completion of a laboratory or clinical research project, which should be of sufficient quality to be presented to a national meeting and submitted for publication. Hand fellowships are ACGME accredited providing added certification. Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program.  For more information, please contact the Academic Coordinator at dabranum@ucdavis.edu or (916) 734-2807.  For more information regarding this fellowship, please refer to our brochure (PDF).

Hand fellowship interviews will be held on Tuesday, February 6th and Tuesday, March 13th, 2018.

The Spinal Disorders Fellowship is a one-year program that provides extensive clinical exposure to the evaluation and treatment of pediatric and adult spinal deformities, including kyphosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, congenital disorders, degenerative problems of the cervical and lumbar spine and spine trauma and spine trauma and spinal cord injury. The fellow will work closely with the three attending surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as well as the attending staff in the Spine Center. The fellow will gain extensive clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of complex primary and revisions spinal surgery and disorders. The fellowship is designed to allow increasing responsibility in the clinics and in surgery. Unique research opportunities are available in animal models and biomechanical analysis of spinal implants in the cervical and thoracolumbar spine. The fellowship is oriented toward training qualified individuals in all aspects of spinal surgery in preparation for an academic position after completion of the program. UC Davis spine fellowships are not ACGME accredited.  All interested individuals should apply through the SF Match program. For more information, please see our brochure (PDF).

Spine fellowship interviews will be held on Monday, January 29th and Friday, February 23rd, 2018. 

The Trauma Fellowship is suitable for persons interested in an academic career, private practice with a concentration in trauma or a full-time military career. UC Davis Health System is a Level I trauma center and the regional trauma center for the Central Valley of California. Our service works closely with the other surgical subspecialties involved in trauma. The fellowship provides extensive general experience in the entire field of acute trauma, management of the multiply injured patient, and surgical treatment of complex fractures of the acetabulum and pelvis. We provide extensive experience with minimally invasive fracture fixation techniques.  Additionally, we provide exposure to a wide range of post-traumatic deformity care using contemporary correction techniques. The fellowship also provides ample research opportunities. UC Davis trauma fellowship is OTA accredited.  More information may be found in our fellowship brochure (PDF). All interested individuals should apply through the SF Match program.

Trauma fellowship interviews will be held on Friday, January 5th and Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Fellowship compensation and benefits

Fellows in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are appointed as visiting postgraduates with the University of California. Compensation is equivalent to a PGY-6.

For more information, please contact the fellowship coordinator at (916) 734-2807.

California licensure

All fellowships require licensure in the State of California. If you have questions about California requirements, please contact the Medical Board of California directly at (916) 263-2344.