Fellowship Opportunity

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.

  1. Principles of Fellowship
    • Radiology Rounds- performed weekly with director reviewing preoperative planning on upcoming surgical cases for the week.
    • Journal Club- performed monthly with attendings with in community with fellow presenting cases in theme with journal articles. Aim of journal club to discuss journal articles as well as working on presenting skills and public speaking.
    • Chapter Review- “Surgery of the Foot and Ankle” by Coughlin and Mann. Presentation given by fellow to residents, attendings and hospital OR staff.
    • Research- at completion of fellowship Fellow will have 3 publishable papers ready for publication/submittal. Will present poster presentation at annual ACFAS meeting
  2. Expectations
    • Office- Fellows will have the opportunity to run their own clinics learning how to manage office staff. Triage patient flow as well as become self-sufficient in coding and billing. Conservative protocols will be created as well as surgical work up and scheduling. Fellows will also work along with attendings during post-operative office visits to follow patients through the post-operative course.
    • OR- Fellows will have the opportunity to both run their own surgical ORs with patient’s scheduled from their r clinics as well as work under the direct supervision of attendings. The goal of operating with multiple faculty members is to gain insight on multiple different approaches to similar pathologies.
    • Research- at completion of fellowship Fellow will have 1 publishable paper ready for publication/submittal. Will present poster presentation at annual ACFAS meeting. Fellows have the opportunity to work on projects during the as well as expected to work on these projects on their own after hours. All projects are performed under the supervision of program director as well as have monthly meetings to check progress of research.
  • On Call Responsibilities

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.

  1. Locations of Clinics/OR
    • Grant Medical Center 111 S Grant St Columbus Oh 43215
    • Ohio Health Methodist Hospital at Grove City 1375 Stringtown Rd GC Oh 43123
    • Mount Carmel West Hospital 793 W State St Columbus Oh 43222
    • Doctors West Hospital 5100 W Broad St Columbus Oh 43228
    • Pickerington Surgery Center 1030 Refugee Rd Pickerington Oh 43147

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.

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