Program Director: Armodios M. Hatzidakis, MD
Faculty: Benjamin W. Sears, MD
Fellowship Manager: Libby Mauter
Address: 1830 Franklin Street # 450, Denver, CO 80218
Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Number of Fellows: 1
Stipend: Based on PYG-6 salary plus benefits, 14 days of vacation
Location: Western Orthopaedics, Denver, Colorado
The Western Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship is focused on providing an orthopaedic fellow the opportunity to develop critical diagnostic and treatment skills to excel as a shoulder and elbow surgical specialist. The fellowship is based at a busy private practice in Denver, Colorado, with the highest volume of primary and revision shoulder and elbow arthroplasty cases in the region. In addition to arthroplasty, the fellow will be able to develop skills in shoulder and elbow arthroscopy techniques as well as the management of upper extremity fractures.
The faculty is committed to research related to shoulder and elbow treatment intervention and has been collecting shoulder arthroplasty outcomes for over 14 years. In addition, the site participates in multi-site national studies as well as FDA monitored clinical trials. The fellow will be expected to be involved in clinical research. Two days per month will be dedicated research activities and the fellow will work closely with the research personnel. The fellow will identify a research topic to manage during the fellowship period as well as submit one paper to a peer reviewed journal as first author. There will be opportunities for exposure to hospital-based research through participation with the HCA HealthONE ACGME research department and to biologic and tissue research through the site’s association with the local tissue bank (Allosource).
The fellow will participate in the following meetings: 1) weekly case conference discussing patient evaluation, diagnosis and treatment options; 2) month journal club; 3) quarterly sports medicine case conference (Denver metro area physicians); and 4) weekly complex orthopedic case conference.
Through his own fellowship training, Dr. Hatzidakis has maintained a working relationship with Professor Pascal Boileau of Nice, France. As such, the fellow will have the opportunity to use the vacation time allowed during this fellowship to travel to Nice and observe Dr. Boileau in his clinical practice (this is an optional opportunity and expenses related to this will be the fellow’s responsibility).