Thomas W. Wright, MD, Fellowship Director
Michael Moser, MD
Kevin W. Farmer, MD
Joseph J. King, III, MD 
Bradley S. Schoch, MD 
Matthew Patrick, MD 

University of Florida
Attn: Rebecca Radacky, PO Box 112727 (Mailing Address)
Gainesville, FL 32611-2727
Phone: 352-273-7375Fax: 352-273-7388E-mail:
Duration: 1 Academic year beginning on August 1st
Rotation: 1 Rotation: Monday and Tuesday-Outpatient Sports Medicine Shoulder Service; Wednesday thru Friday-Shoulder and Elbow Service - Arthroplasty, Inpatient Upper Extremity Trauma
Number of Fellows: 1 Fellow per year

Fellowship Description:

The University of Florida Shoulder and Elbow fellowship is located in Gainesville, Florida. It is designed to offer one fellow per year a comprehensive exposure to all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery. The fellow will rotate with 6 full time fellowship-trained faculty including 4 members of the ASES society, all who have a high volume of shoulder and elbow cases. Dr. Wright has a large practice divided between shoulder and elbow arthroplasty surgery and arthroscopy. Dr. Farmer’s and Dr. Moser’s practice involves sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and elbow, and they are responsible for the care of the University of Florida (Gators) athletic teams (optional for the fellow). Dr. King and Dr. Schoch will work with the fellow 3-4 times per month in the OR and will assist with research activities as well. If interesting cases arise, they may pull you from other clinical duties so you can see these cases.  Similarly, when complex and interesting shoulder elbow trauma comes in, you will be encouraged to work with Dr. Patrick. The fellow is actively involved in all aspects of the patient’s care from evaluation and decision making to the actual surgical procedure and follow-up. This is a surgical hands on fellowship, not an observational one. With 5 shoulder and elbow trained faculty members in the Division and one in the Trauma Division, the fellow will have some flexibility to focus on aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery that fit their particular needs.

The University of Florida is a busy Level I Trauma and Burn Center. Our attendings frequently help out the Trauma service covering upper extremity trauma.  The fellow will treat complex elbow and shoulder trauma generated by these centers both acutely and in a delayed setting. Drs. Wright, Farmer, Schoch, and King perform inpatient shoulder and elbow surgery, including trauma cases. Dr. Patrick’s unique background as a dual fellowship trained surgeon in trauma and shoulder/elbow offers the fellow a unique perspective on managing both hot and cold shoulder/elbow trauma.  We recognize the importance of tailoring the fellow’s education to your needs, and the opportunity exists to spend additional time in trauma if the fellow desires. The fellowship is educationally oriented and has no mandatory night call.  If the fellow desires, options exist for optional ancillary income including covering an orthopaedic-only afterhours outpatient clinic, Saturday orthopaedic OR, and high school football game coverage (all paid and voluntary).  

Didactic conferences are held every Monday morning, every third Tuesday morning, every other Wednesday morning, and Thursday afternoons.  Monday morning conferences alternative between a resident oriented lecture and fellowship oriented case discussions/journal club. Tuesday morning conferences are conducted by Drs. Moser and Farmer and are part of the core residency educational program.  Wednesday morning teaching sessions are conducted with Drs Wright, King and Schoch.  These occur before proceeded to the OR and are based on the Shoulder/Elbow OKU series and discussion of recent journal articles related to those topics.  Thursday preoperative conferences are conducted at the end of clinic. The fellow will perform preoperative planning that will be used in the upcoming week using the new GPS computer navigation system to assist with shoulder arthroplasty surgery. In addition, one Tuesday morning each month is dedicated to planning and discussing fellow research projects.

The fellow is expected to write one research paper of publishable quality during their time at the University of Florida. Research facilities available to the fellow and housed directly in the Department of Orthopaedics include a biomechanics lab, motion analysis lab, gene therapy lab, stem cell research lab, and a surgical skills lab. We also have a full time clinical research coordinator responsible for the Division’s research and a shoulder arthroplasty database with over 2000 patients dating back to the 1990s. This database includes demographic data, range of motion and multiple patient reported outcomes.  We anticipate that the fellow will have 10% to 20% of the workweek available for research and educational purposes. This time may also be used in our wet lab, which is on the top floor of our clinic building. This is open to fellows at any time.  The fellowship will sponsor travel to one national and one regional meeting per year. The Department also supports travel for research presentations from the fellow’s graduate work at UF.

Our fellowship is unique in that we have a high ratio of shoulder and elbow fellowship trained faculty for a single shoulder/elbow fellow.   Our goal is to supplement your experience as a resident and prepare you to be the shoulder/elbow expert wherever you choose to practice. To accomplish this, we have built in a moderate amount of flexibility, which will allow you to focus on aspects of shoulder/elbow surgery, which suit your individual needs.   Opportunities exist to increase your individual exposure to complex shoulder arthroplasty, sports medicine, and/or shoulder/ elbow trauma.

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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
  • San Francisco Shoulder, Elbow and Hand Clinic - contact Chris Jara at
  • UTHSCSA Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship - contact Lashun Matthews at

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 or call them at (415) 447-0350.


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