Affiliated Institution: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Duration: 1 Year
Fellowship Director: Dr. William B. Macaulay
The Adult Reconstruction Hip and Knee fellowship at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center is a well-rounded mentorship program designed to prepare applicants for a successful academic or private practice career in joint preservation and replacement surgery. As the single hip and knee fellow training under four attending surgeons, you are exposed to an impressive caseload, with some flexibility to select interesting cases for additional personal enrichment. A diverse patient population leads to varying pathology, while access to innovative technology encourages a wide spectrum of surgical solutions. Opportunities for teaching and research round out the complete fellowship experience.
Part of the fellowship experience at this large academic center involves resident and medical student education. Past fellows have successfully formed a mutually beneficial and supportive relationship with residents. Fellows are expected to engage in resident education both in the operative, clinic and academic settings. The attending surgeons at this institution take special effort to guide the fellow in resident instruction, helping to hone these skills, essential for all types of future surgical careers.
In addition to learning the intricacies of primary and revision hip and knee surgery, the fellow will gain some exposure to peri-prosthetic fracture care, operative management of hip fractures and basic knee arthroscopy. There is access to a fresh tissue laboratory to practice particular approaches and device implantation. Hip and knee replacement surgery will be taught both with and without computer assistance and navigation. Image-based navigation is complimented by practice with imageless navigation techniques and soft tissue release strategies that utilize electronic pressure-sensor feedback. All skills necessary to proceed confidently into a cutting-edge, independent practice will be introduced and reinforced throughout the year.
Extensive research opportunities exist, with the support of an active and engaged research coordinator and research fellow. A comprehensive electronic hip and knee patient database has been in place since 2004, which can be utilized for research purposes. Fellows are allotted protected research time and are encouraged to produce at least one project of sufficient quality for publication. Further academic involvement is encouraged and well supported.