Orthopedic Center | Non-Operative Orthopedic Fellowship

Boston Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center is offering a fellowship position for specialty training in non-operative orthopedics, the management of orthopedic injuries and conditions through casting, bracing, injections, physical therapy, and other non-operative treatments.

Although pediatricians are often the initial point of contact for children with musculoskeletal conditions, musculoskeletal training is only a minor part of most pediatric training programs. Perhaps as a result, many referrals to pediatric orthopedists do not meet recommended criteria for referral. Since many musculoskeletal conditions can be managed without surgery, there is an opportunity for physicians to manage musculoskeletal conditions. Ideally, non-operative orthopedic specialists partner with pediatric orthopedists, allowing patients to receive comprehensive, consistent care, with physicians managing those not requiring surgery and orthopedic surgeons focusing their efforts on those cases that require operative intervention.

Non-operative orthopedic fellows will receive one year of maximum exposure in the areas of spinal injuries and conditions, cerebral palsy, foot and gait abnormalities, hip injuries and conditions, acute fracture management, and acute joint dislocation management. Additional opportunities in rheumatology, musculoskeletal radiology, rehabilitation, exercise physiology, ultrasonographic diagnosis and injection techniques, muscle diseases and pediatric fitness are available and can be tailored toward the fellow’s interest.

Laboratory, translational and clinical research opportunities are available and will be supported by the department. Fellows will be responsible for completing at least one research project during their fellowship year.

At the end of training, the graduating fellow will be capable of diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions, competent in the non-operative management of musculoskeletal conditions, and capable of determining the indications for referral to orthopedic surgery. Furthermore, fellows have foundation for conducting investigation into the developing field of non-operative orthopedics.

This fellowship is open to those who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in a Primary Care or Emergency Medicine specialty. Please note that three letters of recommendation, a CV, and medical school transcript of grades will be required, along with the completed application. 

Contact information

For additional questions please contact our fellowship coordinator:
Alaina McLaughlin
Alaina.McLaughlin@childrens.harvard.edu