Training & Fellowships with the Orthopedic Center

Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship

Boston Children's Orthopedic Center offers three ACGME accredited fellowship positions each academic year for specialty training in pediatric orthopedic surgery.

With maximum exposure in the areas of congenital deformities, growth disorders, spinal surgery, neuromuscular disease and trauma, each fellow will rotate on each of the orthopedic surgical teams within the department. There is also significant exposure in subspecialty areas of pediatric hand and upper extremity, sports medicine and tumors.

Fellows gain a broad experience in both operative and non-operative treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. Clinical research and opportunities to perform quality and safety improvement projects are available and supported by the department. Fellows are responsible for completing at least one research project during their time at Children's.

The fellowship experience takes place primarily on the main campus of Boston Children's Hospital and at the Waltham satellite. An academic appointment for fellows is through Harvard Medical School.

Pediatric Orthopedic Lecture Schedule

The lecture schedule for both residency and fellowship programs includes:
• Core pediatric orthopedic conferences
• Fellows' case conference
• Journal Club
• Chief's conference for case presentation
• Fracture conference
• Indication conference

The Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship Program participates in the San Francisco Matching Program (SFMP) for fellowships. For complete details on requirements and the application process, visit the San Francisco Matching Program website.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To be considered, complete applications must be uploaded via SF Match by Friday, October 5, 2018.

Interviews will be granted invitation, and will be held on the Main Campus on Thursday, February 7, 2019 and Friday, February 8, 2019.

Non-Operative Orthopedic Fellowship

Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center is offering a fellowship position for specialty training in non-operative orthopaedics, the management of orthopaedic 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 we 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, CV and medical school transcript of grades will be required, along with the completed application. 

For further information, please contact:

Alaina McLaughlin
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery | Division of Sports Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (857) 218-4924
Fax: (617) 730-0683 
Email: alaina.mclaughlin@childrens.harvard.edu 

Orthopedic Fellowship in Hip Joint-Preserving Surgery

A fellowship in adolescent and young adult hip preservation surgery is offered by the Child and Adult Hip Preservation Program, within the Orthopedic Center at Boston Children's Hospital. The fellowship is a 12-month experience.

The fellowship candidate should have completed a recognized orthopedic residency program. An established interest in hip joint preservation is assumed. A certificate of recognition will be awarded to the fellow upon satisfactory completion of the fellowship program.

The hip joint preservation fellowship experience based at Boston Children's provides an intensive clinical exposure to a variety of disorders of the pediatric, adolescent and young adult hip. The referral base is national and international. There is exposure to cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, including ultrasound assessment of hip dynamics, CT analysis of hip deformity and MR analysis of labral and articular cartilage pathology. Direct experience in periacetabular osteotomy, a variety of proximal femoral osteotomies, surgical hip dislocations and hip arthroscopy will be provided. Clinical and/or basic research work in conjunction with the fellowship is encouraged and supported.

Please see the orthopedic fellowship in hip joint preserving surgery application, in pdf format, for submission by mail.

Contact Information

For more information on the Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship Program or the Hip Fellowship Program, please contact:

Alaina McLaughlin
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery | Division of Sports Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (857) 218-4924
Fax: (617) 730-0683 
Email: alaina.mclaughlin@childrens.harvard.edu 

Pediatric Orthopedic Residency

Boston Children's Hospital is the primary pediatric teaching facility for the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program. Residents spend six months of their third program year at Boston Children's.

For more information please visit the on the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program website. 

Harvard Medical School Clerkship Program

The Orthopedic Center at Boston Children's, one of the Harvard Medical School-affiliated teaching hospitals, offers elective surgical and clinical courses available for 4th-year medical school students.

These courses involve interactions with the pediatric orthopedic service at Children's in the divisions of sports medicine, hand surgery, spine surgery and neuromuscular programs. The curriculum can be arranged to meet the needs of the advanced student, with exposure to outpatient clinical care, inpatient care, surgical procedures, and attendance at core curriculum lectures. The student will integrate into the department service through contact with attendings, residents and fellows. On call will be one night per week.

Please visit the Harvard Medical School for more information.