Mark A. Frankle, MD, Fellowship Co-Director
Mark A. Mighell, MD, Fellowship Co-Director
Kevin J. Cronin, MD
Kaitlyn N. Christmas, BS, CCRC, Fellowship Coordinator
Florida Orthopaedic Institute
Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE)
Florida Hospital Carrollwood
Tampa General Hospital—Level 1 Trauma Center
Brandon Regional Hospital
Duration: 1 academic year
Rotation: 3 month rotations between two Attending physicians over a 12-month period
Number of Fellows: 2 fellows per year
Application Deadline: November 1
The Shoulder and Elbow fellowship at Florida Orthopaedic Institute was founded in 1996. Graduates have gone on to both successful private and academic practice careers. The fellowship provides exposure to a high volume tertiary referral practice exclusive to shoulder and elbow reconstruction and fracture management. With over 2700 new patient visits and 13,000 clinic visits, the fellows are given ample exposure to the entire spectrum of shoulder and elbow disorders, including primary and revision shoulder arthroplasty, shoulder arthroscopy, open reconstruction, fracture management, primary and revision elbow arthroplasty, elbow arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, and fracture management. The Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship provides an opportunity to actively participate in over 1,200 cases per year split evenly between arthroscopic and open surgery.
The fellow actively participates in both office hours and surgical cases each week. In addition to clinic and surgery, fellows take part in weekly educational conferences and research meetings with attending physicians, residents, members of the clinical research team, engineers from the biomechanics department, and a statistician. There are opportunities to attend local, regional, and national educational conferences.
This fellowship program has a strong academic focus. All fellows are expected to complete a research project as a first author, with a manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal at the end of the year. While one project is required, fellows often work on multiple projects during their time at FOI/FORE. Both clinical and basic science projects are available. Fellows are given full access to the biomechanics lab onsite. There is also a strong partnership and collaboration with Congress Medical Foundation and Dr. Thay Lee. The fellow works with the attending physicians and Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE) scientists to design the protocol for their research project. The fellows work closely with the research staff throughout the length of the project and ample support is provided.
The fellow will take general orthopaedic emergency room call for a community hospital 1-2 times each month.