Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery sponsors a one-year, unaccredited Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship for residents who have graduated from an accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program.
The Fellowship is funded at the PGY-6 stipend level through AO/Synthes. The Fellow is a University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga employee with University resident benefits.
The primary training site is the Erlanger Health System, including both the adult and pediatric components Erlanger Medical Center and T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital. Both Erlanger and Children's have been designated as Level One Trauma Centers, serving a catchment area between Nashville and Knoxville to the north and Birmingham and Atlanta to the South.
The program emphasizes pelvic and periarticular fractures, and the Fellows are an integral part of the health care team.
The institution has a multidisciplinary Surgical Skills and Simulation Lab. Cadaver anatomy sessions are also held in the lab for the Orthopaedic Surgery residents. The Skills Lab is being expanded to include a Simulation Lab for 2008-2009. In addition to the Erlanger Medical Library, The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has its own library as well as a four-station arthroscopic/ technical skills lab. A new MTS Mini Bionix testing system was installed in our lab in April 2008.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has joined the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Engineering in the operation of a biomedical research lab, including studies utilizing the Instron machine and Fastrak System.