University of Utah

Program Director: Robert Z. Tashjian, MD

Faculty: Robert Z. Tashjian, MD, Peter N. Chalmers, MD and Christopher Joyce, MD

Fellowship Manager: Tiffany Schild

Address: University of Utah Orthopedic Center, 590 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84108

Phone: 801-587-5457


Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)

Inaugural Fellowship Year: 2023-2024

Number of Fellows: 1

Stipend: $72,000

Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah


Fellowship Description:

This fellowship offers comprehensive and in-depth surgical training to allow the surgeon-in-training to develop a subspecialty focus in shoulder and elbow surgery. The program includes twelve months with Dr. Robert Tashjian and Dr. Peter Chalmers, whose practices encompass all aspects of traumatic, degenerative, and athletic shoulder and elbow pathology. In addition to experiencing a high volume of common pathologies and procedures, the University of Utah serves as the tertiary referral center for 10% of the continental United States, and thus the fellow will have the opportunity to see uncommon and unusual conditions and treatments. Upon graduation from the fellowship, the fellow will be skilled in open and arthroscopic approaches to repair and reconstruction using the newest techniques and implants. The shoulder and elbow service at the University of Utah performs a high volume of advanced reconstructive procedures for post-traumatic conditions and failed arthroplasties and the fellow will graduate skilled in these procedures. The shoulder and elbow service at the University of Utah cares for professional, semiprofessional, collegiate, and high school overhead athletes and the fellow will graduate feeling comfortable caring for these athletes on and off the field. The shoulder and elbow service at the University of Utah is performing a large volume of research including retrospective and prospective single and multicenter clinical research; biomechanical research with our NIH-supported robotic shoulder simulator; and basic science animal research using our unique rotator cuff tear murine model and the fellow will have the opportunity to meaningfully participate and contribute to this research. Our fellowship also serves as the home for an international biannual meeting, the Advanced Shoulder ArthroPlasty (ASAP) Meeting at Snowbird, Utah, and Dr. Tashjian is one of the co-chairmen. The meeting provides the fellow an opportunity to network with world-renowned surgeons in the specialty. Finally, we have an existing program of biweekly conferences with structured didactics so that the fellow will graduate with knowledge of the latest literature and a strong knowledge foundation. Applicants are encouraged to apply through the SFMatch and all Match-related regulations will be followed.


This program is an ASES-recognized Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship Program and part of the SFMatch Fellowship selection process and Match program.


Fellowship Application Materials:

Please refer to the ASES website for an electronic, universal shoulder application.  In addition, your most current CV, personal statement (not to exceed one page), four letters of recommendation from surgeons who are familiar with your work, and a photo should be uploaded through SFMatch.


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