University Pittsburgh Medical Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship

Christopher C. Schmidt, MD, Fellowship Director
Dean G. Sotereanos, MD, Fellowship Co-Director
Patrick J. McMahon, MD

Beth Bruening, Fellowship Coordinator

Angela Connelly, Director of Practice Management


University Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship
9104 Babcock Boulevard, 5th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Phone: (412) 748-7407: (412) 748-7408
Number of Fellows: 1
Stipend: R6 salary level and full benefits
Location: University Pittsburgh Medical Center

Fellowship Description:

The fellowship is designed to provide a thorough understanding of shoulder and elbow anatomy and pathologic conditions and teach the latest techniques in open, arthroscopic, and endoscopic surgery. The fellow will share rotation time at UPMC with Drs. Schmidt and Sotereanos and during this period is projected to be involved in over 500 cases. The case load will include innovative surgeries like arthroscopic muscle transfers, revision total shoulder arthroplasties, arthroscopic elbow releases, and endoscopic distal biceps repairs. The fellow will also experience a private practice shoulder and elbow setting by rotating with Dr. McMahon.

The educational curriculum consists of weekly shoulder and elbow conferences, combined UPMC sports/shoulder and elbow conferences, bi-weekly cadaveric wet laboratories (scope equipment), bi-weekly research conferences, monthly journal clubs, and bimonthly mortality and morbidity conferences. The curriculum is intended to provide the fellow the opportunity to develop a solid knowledge base and skill set on which to start his/her career.

The wet lab is integrated in the same space as a state of the art engineering facility, which houses both our shoulder and elbow simulators. The lab is directly located under the hospital’s radiology department. The fellow will be strongly encouraged to participate in on going cadaveric/mechanical/radiographic studies investigating the distal biceps tendon, rotator cable/capsule, reverse shoulder arthroplasty, etc. Integration of the shoulder fellow with graduate engineering students and radiologists will help foster their understanding of the importance and power of cooperative interdisciplinary research.

Our fellowship has meet the ASES’s quality standard requirements and as such will be participating in the 2020-2021 Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow match. Interview dates are January 17th and 18th, 2020.  We are willing to offer interviews outside of these set dates.

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