Nonoperative fellowship in pediatric orthopedics
Pediatricians see an overwhelming number of children with musculoskeletal issues. Within our three Norton Children’s pediatric emergency departments, as many as 6,000 visits a year are related to orthopedic issues, most of which do not require surgery.
An average of one in 20 cases evaluated in the office by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon requires surgical intervention. There is high demand for primary care physicians specially trained in the evaluation and nonoperative management of general pediatric orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville, a practice group within Norton Medical Group, is offering a fellowship opportunity to a qualified candidate. This is a one-year fellowship for a final-year pediatric (or related field) resident for evaluation and nonoperative management of patients in a busy pediatric orthopedic clinic. This fellowship includes training through Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville, who have an established educational training platform for University of Louisville School of Medicine orthopedic surgery residents and family medicine/sports medicine fellows.
About the position
- The position is an employed fellowship with Norton Medical Group.
- Training takes place entirely in a pediatric environment, consisting of an office setting, outreach clinics, Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Children’s Medical Center.
- The position provides didactic interaction, support for clinical research and training in clinical management of pediatric orthopedic conditions, pediatric fracture reduction, hospital consultative services and inpatient management.
- The fellow will gain experience with common (e.g., cerebral palsy, myelodysplasia), uncommon (e.g., arthrogryposis, cloacal exstrophy) and rare (e.g., multiple pterygium syndrome, Leigh syndrome) anomalies in addition to the typical cases of trauma, gait abnormalities and musculoskeletal pain.
- The fellow will work together with other pediatric subspecialists with interests in neuromuscular conditions, sports health, scoliosis, bone fragility and foot deformities.
- In the hospital environment, the fellow will gain inpatient consultative service experience and learn pediatric fracture reduction and emergent orthopedic patient management, including call coverage with an orthopedic surgery resident.
- The fellow will attend weekly pediatric orthopedic conferences and didactic lectures, presenting at least one lecture per quarter on varying topics.
- The fellow will be required to participate in at least one research project. Even if the project is not completed during the tenure, the fellow must submit the abstract to a national meeting and present a paper summarizing the findings. The fellow should plan to continue efforts to take the project to publication.
- The fellow will be required to attend at least one general pediatric orthopedic conference and one specialty conference.
- Upon completion, the fellow will be able to provide ongoing educational training for residents in the primary care and orthopedic fields.
Requirements for this position
- Medical degree/diploma
- Residency/fellowship certification
- Active or eligible to obtain a Kentucky medical license
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