The Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s fellowship program provides hands-on, extensive training in the field of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery. Designed for physicians who have successfully completed an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program, OIC offers a unique experience for fellows as a non-profit outpatient orthopaedic institution that also works in affiliation with UCLA.
The UCLA Pediatric Orthopaedic program, which includes the successes of OIC, is top ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report.
The one-year program offers advanced training in both trauma and elective pediatric orthopaedics. The operative experience combines active participation in highly specialized tertiary surgery in an academic setting with the hands-on experiences mandated by an exceptionally large clinical volume of 60,000 patient visits per year. OIC’s subspecialty clinics are devoted to scoliosis, hip disorders, fractures, cerebral palsy, foot deformity, oncology, sports medicine, myelodysplasia, muscle disease, and hemophilia. Fellows are also actively involved in our International Children’s program at the border-town of Calexico where a broad spectrum of severe or neglected pediatric orthopaedic conditions are seen.
Academic pursuits are strongly encouraged and supported during the fellowship year. Fellows attend and participate in a highly organized education program including weekly lectures and case conferences as well as monthly UCLA Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. Fellows also teach and supervise residents in the operating room and clinical settings preparing fellows to be successful in an academic career.
Research is supported through dedicated funding for fellow-driven projects and assistance is provided by our research coordinators. State-of the-art research facilities include gait and biomechanics labs and one of the largest basic science orthopaedic laboratories in the country. Each fellow will complete at least one scientific paper suitable for presentation and publication during their fellowship.