Pediatric Orthopedics Fellowship
The Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship at Columbia Orthopedics and NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital comprises clinical and research exposure to all aspects of children's orthopedics including spinal deformity, extremity deformities, metabolic bone diseases and tumors, sports medicine, neuromuscular conditions, infections, and trauma. Through this program, the fellow will develop, and begin to master, the skills needed to manage a wide array of pediatric orthopedic conditions. The goal of the fellowship is to develop expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of children with orthopedic conditions while developing the foundation for a subsequent career in academic and community orthopedic surgery. Further, we aim to have the fellow become proficient in the six core competencies - patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.
Our inpatient facility is the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, a free-standing children's hospital with a full complement of pediatric subspecialists including a level 1 NICU and PICU and a level 1 trauma facility. Outpatient facilities include Columbia Orthopedics' offices as well as out-patient facilities in Midtown Manhattan, Westchester, and New Jersey. Microsurgical and arthroscopy labs are available for clinical education. The Russell Hibbs Memorial Library is a dedicated orthopedic surgery library and computer lab, housing departmental archives, current volumes and journals, rare books, and information systems.
The fellow is an integral component of our clinical team and works in concert with our residents and nurse practitioners. In order to maximize the fellow's clinical, research and mentoring opportunities, we have limited our program to one fellow annually. The fellow will occupy a clinical and educational position between the attending and resident staff. As the fellow's skills and experience increases he or she will gradually take on greater clinical and educational responsibilities. The fellow receives exposure to operative and nonoperative pediatric orthopedics at a children's hospital which is also a Level I pediatric trauma center. The fellow provides outpatient consultation, with faculty supervision, within the hospital-based pediatric orthopedic center. In addition he or she provides support to the orthopedic residents in the Emergency Department. Lastly, the fellow works closely with the supervising surgeon in the office and operating room.
The program offers many educational opportunities. The fellow is expected to participate both as an educator and as an attendee. The cornerstone of our academic curriculum is the weekly case conference during which indications, contraindications, operative planning, and post-operative rehabilitation are discussed. The opinions of all participants are considered. This structure leads not only to lively discussion, but also to enhanced decision making for complex issues and provides for excellent teaching. In addition, we have a weekly core curriculum lecture, Grand Rounds, journal club and additional subspecialty conferences.
We offer a wide range of research opportunities from basic science and animal labs to a very productive clinical and outcomes research group. The fellow is encouraged to complete a research project, acceptable for presentation at national meetings, during the fellow's tenure and will be closely mentored during this process.