This fellowship is a perfect mix of primary and revision hip-and-knee arthroplasty. It allowed me to develop teaching skills while honing my surgical skills.— Shane Hess, D.O., Class of 2015
The fellowship teaches comprehensive management of disorders of the hip and knee joints.
As a fellow, you will develop expertise in medical and surgical arthritis treatments. You will work in a state of the art multidisciplinary arthritis center, and will learn from orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, MSK radiologists, physical medicine physicians, and therapists. From an operative standpoint, you will learn both joint preservation as well as reconstructive procedures, including management of complications including infection, instability, and fracture.
We think that one of the best ways to learn a subject is to teach it. Our fellows interact with residents and medical students throughout each day. They will teach on rounds , in the OR, and in the clinic. Fellows will give 6-8 lectures to orthopaedic residents during the year, as well as presenting at state and national meetings. Fellows are also required to complete one basic science and one clinical research project during the year.
Our fellowship is focused on clinical practice with a half-day for research each week. You’ll train at VCU Medical Center as well as at satellite locations throughout the Richmond metropolitan area. Clinical sites include:
- VCU Health Ambulatory Care Center: The center is connected to the main hospital of the VCU Medical Center.
- VCU Health Neurosciences, Orthopedics and Wellness Center: This 100,000-square-foot multidisciplinary outpatient building, slated to open in 2016, will house outpatient orthopedic, neurology, neurosurgery, rheumatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiology and therapy services.
- VCU Health at Stony Point: This location houses comprehensive outpatient treatment services from VCU Medical Center physicians, from specialty services to new diagnostic techniques, treatments, clinical trials and health education.
Salaries and benefits
Our residents earn competitive salaries in addition to paid vacations and other benefits. For a complete list of benefits and resources, visit the VCU School of Medicine’s Graduate Medical Education page.