Overview of Fellowship
Foot and Ankle Physicians of Ohio (FAPO) strongly believe in the importance of education in its fellowship. Education occurs through multiple modalities in order to ensure the fellowship exceeds the goal as outlined by ACFAS.
Education and training occur through direct firsthand experience. The fellowship consists of individual attention and hands on training with each attending physician. Additionally, exposure to physical therapy, coding/billing, and brace/orthotic fabrication will be provided. While assigned to a particular attending’s services, the fellow cover that particular attending’s surgical cases and clinic. Exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis, in order to facilitate a broad surgical experience. Preparation and discussion prior to cases are expected.
The fellow will have autonomy and expected to run a “fellow-foot and ankle service”. The clinical and surgical service will have attending supervision but will be run independently.
There are weekly didactic X-ray/indications conferences. This allows the fellow to learn to critically evaluate radiographs of the foot and ankle, but also gain an understanding of surgical indications for particular foot and ankle conditions.
There are also journal clubs held every month. Journal clubs are a multidisciplinary conference involving community foot and ankle providers and cover the latest articles relating to the particular subject matter. This improves the fellows understanding of a particular topic and allow for more familiarity with current literature. It also improves the ability to critically analyze a journal article.
The textbook “Surgery of the Foot and Ankle” by Coughlin and Mann is covered throughout the year. Each week, the fellow and attending whose service they are on will discuss key concepts of the boot with the goal of covering the entire textbook by the end of the fellowship.
Fellows are also responsible for resident teaching and active outreach within the foot and ankle community with one required lecture per month. FAPO believes one of the best ways to learn about a particular topic is teaching about it. Regular lectures allow the fellow to improve their lecture and public speaking skills.
Research throughout the fellowship year is strongly encouraged. Biomechanical and clinical research opportunities are available. A minimum of one research project is required for submission to a peer-reviewed journal, and presentation at the annual ACFAS meeting. All projects are developed under the supervision of an attending physician and approved by the director.
Fellow will take call at a level I trauma center (Grant Medical Center/Mount Carmel West) on a rotating basis under the supervision of attendings. From time to time fellow will have to go into the ER to fill consultations as well as round on patients in hospital as new consults as well as seeing post-operative patients after post-surgical admission.
To submit interest in the FAPO fellowship please email the standard ACFAS fellowship application along with CV, medical school transcripts and diploma to Fellowship.FAPO@gmail.com. For more information on the program Dr. Hewitt can be contacted at Hewitt.FAPO@gmail.com.