Under the direction of Erik Nilssen, MD, and Dan Murawski, MD, the AREF Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery fellowship offers an outstanding diversity of experience in all areas of adult and adolescent foot and ankle surgery including sports medicine, trauma, and reconstruction of the foot and ankle. The curriculum includes instruction in
- Perform foot & ankle specific history taking, examinations, interpret diagnostic studies, and evaluation of injuries
- Provide preoperative and non-operative evaluation and diagnoses
- Discuss differential diagnoses
- Prepare preoperative plans an write appropriate orders
- Prescribe and oversee rehabilitation protocols
- Document treatment through operative and clinical notes (dictation)
- Assist in surgery on Foot & Ankle procedures both open and arthroscopic
- Communicate effectively with patients, families, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other ancillary staff regarding patient
- Complete standard office, coding and charge forms
- Participate in clinical conferences, seminars, surgical skills labs, and journal clubs
- Attend and lecture at Andrews Research & Education Foundation Fellowship Conference
The fellowship includes exposure to a wide variety of foot and ankle surgical techniques including:
- Advanced arthroscopic and endoscopic technique of the ankle and foot
- Total ankle arthroplasty, arthrodesis, and other treatments of ankle and foot degenerative joint problems
- Minimally invasive and open fracture reduction and fixation techniques
- Deformity correction
- Current approaches for diabetic limb salvage, including Charcot reconstruction and amputation techniques
- Limb salvage include the use of hybrid, circular and spatial frame constructs for deformity correction
Completion of at least one publishable research project are expected, with multiple foot and ankle specific research opportunities available. Excellent research facilities and staff, with interaction with residents and faculty, and minimal night or weekend call expectation for the foot and ankle fellow allows for a focused approach to the year.
Please submit your application for the AREF Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship through the SF Match Program: sfmatch.org
The SF Match requires the following documents:
- Completed and signed Central Application Service (CAS) application forms
- CAS distribution list and payment
- USMLE scores
- Four (4) letters of reference
- Updated CV (please see SF Match format)
Please direct inquiries to: Carmen White, Fellowship Manager at Carmen.White@AndrewsREF.org
Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship
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New 2015-2016 Fellows
Dr. Brotherton attended the University of Alabama Birmingham where he received his BS in Biology. He went on to earn his MD from Florida State University College of Medicine followed by an internship in general surgery at Orlando Medical Center. Dr. Brotherton completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. He served as a major in the United States Air Force from July 2011 to July 2014, when he began his fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine here at AREF.
Dr. Chillemi attended the University of Notre Dame where he received his BA in Economics. He was a 4 year Letterman in NCAA Division I Soccer. He went on to earn his MD from Ross University School of Medicine where he was Valedictorian of his class. Dr. Chillemi completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.
Dr. LaPorta attended Fordham University (NY) where he received his BS in Biology. He went on to earn his MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. Dr. LaPorta completed an internship in general surgery and his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at North Shore – Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York.
Dr. Loveland attended Texas Tech University where he received his BS in Microbiology, with Honors. He went on to earn his MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Loveland completed his residency as Chief Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Hutchison attended Clearwater Christian College where he received his BS in Biology and Pre-Med. He went on to earn his DO at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida and completed an internship in surgery with orthopaedic emphasis from University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Hutchison completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Nova Southeastern University/Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida.
Dr. Poage attended West Virginia University where he received his BS in Biology. He went on to earn his DO at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia, graduating in the top 5% of his class. Dr. Poage completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
The application deadline for this year's fellowship is October 1st. Interviews will be conducted between October - December.
The AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship is a one-year ACGME accredited program open to physicians who have completed residency training in the fields of Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine from an ACGME accredited residency program. The purpose of the program is to enable primary care physicians to develop expertise in the area of sports medicine. They will also develop essential teaching and administrative skills. This is accomplished through the teaching and joint cooperation of a number of outstanding participating sites, including Andrews Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center’s Orthopaedic surgeons, PM&R group, as well as the Athletic Department of the University of West Florida. There are a variety of exceptional experiences offered in the AREF Sports Medicine Fellowship, including high school, collegiate and professional team coverage. Each level offers a unique educational opportunity and perspective into the multiple facets of sports medicine. Completion of the fellowship offers the privilege of sitting for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
We have 1 primary care fellowship position per year that we fill through the NRMP match.
There are several key educational goals of the AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship:
- Obtain a broad knowledge base of medical issues surrounding exercise and athletic competition.
- Develop skill in evaluating and treating common orthopedic injuries.
- Experience Team Physician duties at many levels, high school to the professional level.
- Become proficient in common orthopedic office procedures.
- Examine and critically evaluate current orthopedic and sports medicine literature
- Gain experience in performing, writing, and publishing research
- Gain experience in presenting at sports medicine conferences, including national conferences.
The AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship only accepts the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Application. Our application deadline is October 1st. Interviews are held from October through December each year. Any other questions about the application process may be directed to Carmen White at carmen.white@AndrewsREF.org or (850) 916-8704. AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) subspecialty matching services, so be sure to register with the NRMP. Please submit applications via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) website. Documents that can’t be submitted through ERAS should be emailed directly to Carmen White at carmen.white@AndrewsREF.org.
ERAS application (includes Photograph, Letter of Recommendation (3))
Copy of medical school graduation diploma
Letter from Program Director regarding graduation status or diploma for completion of residency
Documentation of presentations and publications
Verification of USMLE/COMPLEX scores
This webpage serves only as a guide to the AREF Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Actual requirements may change from those depicted here.