Fellowship in Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery

The goal of this comprehensive fellowship is to provide a training program that will allow the fellow:

  • A career in academic medicine
  • Exposure to clinical and/or basic science research opportunities that will allow the fellow to contribute to the advancement of the field of orthopaedic traumatology
  • The skill and clinical acumen for diagnosis and appropriate treatment of complex orthopaedic trauma and reconstructive patients

Our Mission: To teach the principles of orthopaedic trauma care in a comprehensive fashion.

Our Vision: A multifaceted, in-depth approach to education of the orthopaedic trauma fellow.

Our Philosophy:

Our belief is that the fellowship year is a once in a lifetime educational opportunity, and we are the teachers charged with that responsibility.  The content to be mastered are the principles of academic orthopaedic trauma care.  It is our duty to create an environment that facilitates this mastery.  Our strategy is to engage the fellow in multiple different ways and create an active learner out of the fellow.

The Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship has its campus in Newark, New Jersey.  University Hospital is the ACS and state verified Level I Trauma Center for northern New Jersey and is the only clinical site for the fellowship.  There is a high volume of complex orthopaedic trauma cases; a full multidisciplinary team cares for polytrauma patients comprehensively.

The three orthopaedic traumatologists that comprise the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma are Mark C. Reilly MD, Michael S. Sirkin MD, and Mark R. Adams MD.  While the AO principles of orthopaedic trauma are adhered to and emphasized, each brings a unique perspective to surgical care, as they have different educational backgrounds.  Aside from patient care, their careers have prioritized surgeon education; all three have extensive training as surgeon educators through AO North America.  Naturally, education is the focus of the fellowship.  In addition to the education that occurs on the Newark campus, the fellow typically attends the AO fellows’ cadaver course, the AO Pelvis course, the Stryker Pelvis course, and the OTA annual meeting.

These three surgeons do not work independently – they take a team approach to orthopaedic trauma.  As the fellow is an integral member of this team, he is immersed in the thoughtful environment that is produced by the ongoing, constant conversation about quality patient care.  The responsibilities of the fellow gradually change over the year in all facets.  An increase in independence in the operating room is a great example of this gradual change over the course of the year.  The fellow also transitions into the role of an educator to the residents as the year progresses, which occurs through formal and informal opportunities.   Ideas for research frequently flow from the constant conversation occurring between members of the team; for the fellow interested in research there are numerous opportunities for basic science and clinical projects.

How to Apply

Our department is a participant in the San Francisco Matching Program, sponsored by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association.

For more information or to apply, please contact:

Residency/Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedics
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
140 Bergen St. ACC D 1752
Newark, NJ 10703
Phone: 973-972-3860
Fax: 973-972-1080
adamsm4@njms.rutgers.edu

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