Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship

Developing Tomorrow’s Leading Specialists

At Vanderbilt, we give you the clinical, surgical and administrative experience you’ll need to care for children with musculoskeletal diseases. As a pediatric level-one trauma center, we’re well positioned to provide you the opportunity to work alongside leaders in the field every day, treating a wide variety of acute pediatric orthopedic conditions.

And, as our fellow, you’ll have the support of top-of-field faculty and access to all of the resources that come with being a part of the Vanderbilt team. It’s our goal to ensure you’re equipped to move into patient care in an academic or private setting, and to join us in leading the way in pediatric orthopedic care regionally, nationally and internationally.


What We Do Here Every Year

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship Infographic


Program Overview

Positions: 1 fellow
Duration and Dates: 1 year, August 1st through July 31st
Stipend: PGY6 level
Call: Every 6th weekend home call
Location: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Our staff works closely in conjunction with the departments of Neurology, Pediatrics, Rheumatology and Medical Genetics, and uses a combination of the most current and classic techniques to care for our patients. Some areas of special interest include the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Simple and complex fractures
  • Musculoskeletal infections
  • Scoliosis and other spinal deformities
  • Pediatric and adolescent sports injuries
  • Pediatric hip pathology, from infancy (DDH) through adolescence/early adulthood
  • Clubfoot
  • Congenital deformities of the hip, knee, and foot
  • Orthopedic manifestations of pediatric neuromuscular disorders
  • Leg length discrepancies
  • Congenital hand and upper extremity conditions
  • General treatment of bone tumors

As part of our POSNA- accredited (non-ACGME) fellowship program, you’ll work closely with faculty and staff at the Vanderbilt Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Our Children's Hospital is an ACS Verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. We are one of 63 children's hospitals in the nation with Level I verification, and one of two pediatric trauma centers in Tennessee. You will also:

  • Attend educational lectures
  • Collaborate in bi-weekly pre-op and post-op case conferences
  • Complete a research project worthy of publication or presentation at a national meeting
  • Embrace basic science and clinical research opportunities
  • Engage in monthly grand rounds and Morbidity and Mortality Conference
  • Participate in our journal club
  • Have the opportunity to attend to one funded national academic meeting conference (e.g. POSNA, IPOS)

Clinical Program

As a pediatric orthopaedic surgery fellow, you’ll be exposed to several thousand clinic patients during your fellowship year. As you learn to evaluate and manage musculoskeletal conditions in children, our faculty will provide you with critical feedback on your ability to assess surgical indications.

You will rotate with the attending surgeons in their clinic on a preceptor-based, one-to-one model,  approximately one or two days each week. On Friday afternoons, you work in your own clinic, seeing a mix of new and post-op patients.

At the completion of your fellowship, you’ll be well versed in multiple subspecialty areas of pediatric orthopedics. You will gain a varied and thorough clinical experience and exposure to a full spectrum of pediatric musculoskeletal conditions and pathology.

Surgical Experience

As a fellow at Vanderbilt, you will participate in hundreds of cases over the course of your fellowship year. At the start of the program you will:

  • Assist with preoperative planning on all cases you are involved in
  • Participate in cases one-on-one with the attending surgeon, two to three days per week in the operating room
  • Participate in postoperative management of operative cases, in conjunction with the orthopedic residents on the service
  • Teach and provide guidance to residents on routine cases

As your fellowship year progresses, you are given a graduated amount of responsibility based on your skill level. We can tailor your experience to focus on the types of pediatric orthopedic cases you want exposure to before you go into practice.

Research Program

Fellows complete at least one clinical or basic science project of publishable quality under supervision a faculty member. You may be able to receive funding for your research from the Pediatric Orthopaedic Education fund, Brook's fund and other intra- and extramural sources.


Conferences and Workshops

Fellows complete a rigorous weekly and monthly schedule of conferences and workshops.

Weekly Conferences

Monday Pre-Operative Case Conferences
(6:30 am)
Fellows and faculty review 100 percent of the operative cases for the week

Monday Didactic Lecture
(7 am, first, third, and fifth Mondays)
We focus on core competency topics. The attendings and fellow are assigned topics and the schedule is posted for the year.  Power Point presentations are posted as enduring educational materials for resident and fellow education. Faculty provide discussion. The pediatric fellow and orthopedic residents are responsible for assigned readings prior to conference. Readings include but are not limited to:

  • Green’s Skeletal Trauma in Children (Written by previous VUMC pediatric orthopaedic faculty Dr. Neil Green and currently edited by Dr. Gregory Mencio)
  • Lovell and Winter's Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Rockwood and Wilkins’ Fractures in Children
  • Tachdjian's Pediatric Orthopaedics

Friday Post-Operative Case Conferences
(6:30 am)
Fellows and faculty review 100 percent of the operative cases for the week

Monthly Morbidity and Mortality Conference
The pediatric orthopaedic fellow and chief resident submit a list of all pediatric orthopaedic cases and any complications. They present selected cases with salient teaching points as supported by review of the pertinent literature on the topic.

Other Clubs and Activities 

Anatomy Lab
This education lab is optional and available to pediatric orthopaedic fellows.

Journal Club
Our pediatric orthopaedic journal club meets every other month. Our fellow and chief resident on service coordinate with the attendings to  select articles for discussion. Evidence-based medicine articles (preferably Level 1 or 2) are preferred. The pediatric orthopedic faculty provides expert opinion and practical clinical perspective during the discussion.

Monthly Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
Pediatric orthopaedic fellows attend when the topic is related to pediatrics. 

Monthly Spine and Sports Medicine Conference
These conferences are available to pediatric orthopaedic fellows, but optional.

Sample Weekly Schedule

Monday

  • 6:15am Pre-op Conference
  • 7am Didactic Lecture every other week
  • OR

Tuesday

  • Attending Clinic

Wednesday

  • OR

Thursday

  • OR

Friday

  • 6:15am Post-op conference
  • 7am Grand Rounds/M+M
  • AM—OR
  • PM—Fellow Clinic

Application Process

We participate in the San Francisco match program. Applicants for our Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship Program must apply through San Francisco match. For more information about our fellowship program, contact Lesley Cothern at 615-875-6184 or email lesley.s.cothern@vumc.org.


Benefits 

At Vanderbilt, we want you to enjoy a well-rounded fellowship experience. Benefits of our program include:

  • Instructor status
  • Two funded national conferences (POSNA, IPOS)
  • Office with computer and workspace
  • 24/7 exercise facility (free weight/aerobics) within our orthopedic surgery department
  • Eligibility for health, vision, dental, disability, retirement and other benefits via open enrollment commensurate with a full time employed faculty member
  • Four weeks of vacation (not to be taken in first or last 2 weeks of the academic year)
  • Readily available orthopedic anatomy cadaver lab on medical campus

Our Current Fellow

Azlyn Goff, MD
Hometown: Melbourne, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University
Medical School: New York Medical College
Residency: Westchester Medical Center
 


Our past fellows

2020-2021: Nathaniel Lempert, MD – Currently practicing at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN
2019-2020: Jessica McQuerry, MD – Currently practicing at University of Florida Health, Gainesville, FL.
2018-2019: Jeffrey Otte, MD – Currently practicing at Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio, Coldwater, OH.
2017-2018: Vince Prusick, MD – Currently practicing at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Lexington, KY.
2016-2017: Cody Beaver, MD – Currently practicing at Covenant Children’s Hospital, Lubbock, TX.
2015-2016: Holly Leshikar, MD – Currently practicing at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Sacramento, CA.
2014-2015: Phillip Mason, MD – Currently practicing at Novant Medical Group, Charlotte, NC.
2013-2014: David Ebenezer, MD – Currently practicing at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN.
2012-2013: Kenneth Powell, MD – Currently practicing at Coastal Spine and Pain Center, Orange Park, FL.
2011-2012: Michael Diab, MD – Currently practicing at Covenant Children’s Hospital, Lubbock, TX.


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