Michael A. Wirth, MD, Program Director
Charles A. Rockwood, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics
Anil K. Dutta, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Bernard F. Morrey, MD, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics
John W. Hinchey, MD, Chief Shoulder Service, VA Hospital

UT Health San Antonio Rockwood Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship
7703 Floyd Curl Drive, Department of Orthopaedics -7774, Attn: Lashun Matthews
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Phone: (210) 567-5109Fax: (210) 567-4916E-mail: matthewsl@uthscsa.edu, hillt@uthscsa.edu , wirth@uthscsa.edu
Duration: 1 year (August 1 through July 31)
Deadline: November 1, 2018
Number of Fellows: 1-2 fellows per year
Stipend: Salary plus benefits
Location: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, University Hospital and Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital

Fellowship Description:


How long program has been in existence:  38 years
Number of individuals who have completed the training program since its inception:
Prerequisite Training:
Successful Completion of an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Training Program

Selection Criteria:
- Application/Personal Statement
- Interview Appraisal Scores
- Letters of recommendations
- Participation in research, publications and presentations
- USMLE Scores or Equivalent  

Goals and Objectives for Training

Goals and Characteristics Section Please be concise:This fellowship is a one-year experience on the Shoulder Service, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, during which the Fellow will develop a rational approach to the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders. The Fellow will function as a faculty member with the title of Clinical Instructor, participate in the teaching of medical students and residents, and have ample opportunity to be involved in clinical and basic research projects. The Fellow will assist in surgery on patients referred to Dr. Wirth, Dr. Dutta, and Dr. Morrey, as well as patients at the VA Hospital with Dr. John Hinchey. The fellowship focuses on clinical and surgical education in the arenas of shoulder arthroplasty, shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder trauma, humerus trauma, elbow trauma, elbow arthroplasty, and elbow arthroscopy. Each of the Fellows will alternately rotate every three months on Dr. Wirth’s service and on the service of Drs. Dutta and Morrey. Each Fellow is also assigned an outpatient care clinic to run with faculty supervision. 

This program is part of the ASES Fellow selection process. Interviews will be conducted between January 2nd and April 15th. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities. All faculty appointments are designated as security sensitive positions.

Objectives: Focus on clinical and surgical education in the arenas of shoulder arthroplasty, shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder trauma, humerus trauma, elbow trauma, elbow arthroplasty, and elbow arthroscopy. 

Program Certification/Recognition: Recognized by American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


Teaching Staff:
- Michael A. Wirth, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics
- Charles A. Rockwood, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics
- Anil K. Dutta, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
- Bernard F. Morrey, MD, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics
- John W. Hinchey, MD, Chief Shoulder Service, VA Hospital

Training Sites Where Rotations are conducted:
- UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
- University Hospital, San Antonio, Texas
- UT Medicine San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas 
- Medical Arts Research Center-UHS Surgery Center, San Antonio, Texas
- Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital, San Antonio, Texas
- Methodist Ambulatory Surgical Hospital, Northwest, San Antonio, Texas
- Foundation Surgical Hospital, San Antonio, Texas
- Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, Medical Center, San Antonio


Clinical Components:
- Under direct supervision, the fellows will oversee the VA Shoulder and Elbow Clinic for 6 months and then rotate to oversee the UT Medicine Indigent Care Clinic (Shoulder Clinic) for 6 months.
- Evaluate and assist in the management of all patients referred to the Shoulder and Elbow Service

Research Components: Completion of at least one project suitable for publication is encouraged.

Participant’s supervisory and patient care responsibilities:
- Will oversee two clinics under supervision of Teaching Staff.
- Make daily rounds on hospitalized patients admitted under Shoulder and Elbow Service

Procedural Requirements:
- Assists Dr. Wirth, Dr. Hinchey, Dr. Burkhart, Dr. Dutta, and Dr. Morrey with their elective and emergent surgical procedures.
- Develop operative skills by performing surgical procedures under direct supervision of Dr. Wirth, Dr. Dutta, Dr. Morrey, Dr. Hinchey.

Didactic Components:
- The Shoulder and Elbow Fellows serve as Clinical Instructors for the Department of Orthopaedics.
- Assist in the education of the orthopaedic residents and medical students that rotate to the Upper Extremity Service.
- Responsible in assisting the Upper Extremity Service in preparing and/or speaking at the weekly city-wide Orthopaedic Grand Rounds Teaching Conference (when conference is dedicated to the shoulder and elbow). 


Formal Evaluation Process: The Fellowship Director meets with the fellows quarterly to give feedback regarding their performance with final evaluation given in the last month of the fellowship based on input from the Teaching Staff.

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2019-2020 Fellowship Match

The 2019-2020 Fellowship Match Program has concluded as of March 28, 2018. However, there are a few institutions that still have fellowship positions available for those that are interested.

  • Kerlan Jobe Adult Shoulder and Elbow Reconstructive Fellowship - contact Karen Mohr at karen.mohr@kerlanjobe.com
  • San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow and Hand Clinic - contact Chris Jara at chrisjara@gmail.com
  • UTHSCSA Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship - contact Lashun Matthews at matthewsl@uthscsa.edu

Important dates for the 2020-2021 Match Cycle

Application Start Date: Monday, August 6, 2018 (application will not be posted until this date)
Application Target Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018
    -  This is the Target Date for applicants to complete the requirements for application distribution.
    -  This is NOT a deadline. Some programs accept applications at any time; others may set a deadline.
    -  It is the applicant's responsibility to contact training programs for individual deadline dates.
Interviews: January 2, 2019 - April 15, 2019
Rank List Deadline: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (12:00 PM PT)
    -  ALL rank lists must be submitted by 12:00 PM (noon) PST.
    -  After the deadline rank lists choices will be locked and no changes can be made.
Release of All Results:
April 30, 2019

The ASES participates in the SF Match.  Please find a link to the Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match through SF Match below:

SF Match – Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match

2020-2021 Program Application Deadlines (as of 9/6/2018) - Programs without a date listed have not provided us with their deadline information at this time. In this case please contact the program directly to find out more details.

2020-2021 Interview Schedule (as of 10/17/2018)

Information for the 2020-2021 Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match

  • The application for next year's match cycle is centralized with SF Match.  You can register with the SF Match and complete your application through their website.
  • All rank list information is to be submitted to SF Match, not the ASES office.

All fellowship programs require a completed application via the Central Application Service (CAS) with SF Match, a CV, a photo, and three (3) letters of recommendation.  There may be additional items required by each program.  These required items vary by location.  Please work with the programs directly to ensure you have submitted all the required documents for that program.

Attention Applicants:  In order to participate with the Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match process, you will have to register through the SF Match. 

There is a $50 non-refundable applicant registration fee that covers registration and matching.  This is paid directly to the SF Match.  Once registered, applicants can manage their account by logging in to their account profile. To register, click on “Register” and follow the steps. The registration fee can be paid with a Visa or a MasterCard.

If you do not take this step, you will not be included in the match process.  Simply sending your application materials to a program does not make you eligible to be part of the match.

There are also fees associated with the number of programs in which you will be applying.  Please see the SF Match website for details.

Please contact the SF Match directly with any questions you may have about the Orthopaedic Shoulder & Elbow Match.  You can email your questions to help@sfmatch.org or call them at (415) 447-0350.


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