The deadline is December 1, 2024 for 2026-27 applications.

UTOSM Fellowship Program

Goals and Characteristics

To provide expert evidence based care for soft tissue trauma and sports injuries, including specialized care for complex problems. To advance science in soft tissue and sports trauma by design, implementation and participation in quality clinical trials. To measure health services outcomes and assess population health through value and access to care. To develop and establish novel methods of assessing competence in post graduate medical education, with a focus on surgical simulation.

Fellowship Highlights

  1. Rotating fellowship program across U of T sites
  2. All fellows are registered with the Department of Surgery at U of T
  3. Fellowship staff rounds monthly combined with journal club
  4. Multicenter UTOSM Research Program (clinical and basic science)
  5. Fellowship teaching assignments (e.g. bioskills)
  6. Fellowship cadaver session with advanced procedures annually

Length of Fellowship

The Fellowship Program is twelve months in duration commencing on August 1 and ending on July 31 of the following year.

Rotation Structure

There are 6 fellowship positions each consisting of 3 four-month rotations. The rotations are a mix of Upper and Lower Extremity cases but can be more focused depending on requests and availability. The actual rotations will be assigned close to the commencement of the fellowship. Applicants are asked to indicate if they have a particular request/interests.

Surgical Experience

Fellows in the sports program can expect experience, depending on rotations and clinical interests, in anterior cruciate ligament repairs, knee and shoulder reconstructions with intra-articular surgery, ankle scopes – ligamentous reconstruction, open shoulder reconstruction, hip arthroscopy, major soft tissue reconstruction, osteotomy, trauma and on-call fracture cases.

Surgeons Participating in Fellowship

Dr. Daniel B. Whelan – Program Director

Dr. John Theodoropoulos – Fellowship Director

Dr. Jihad Abouali

Dr. Jas Chahal

Dr. Tim Dwyer

Dr. Tim Leroux

Dr. Paul Marks

Dr. Christian Veillette

Dr. David Wasserstein

Affiliated UTOSM Surgeons

Dr. Patrick Henry

Dr. Norah Matthies

Dr. Aaron Nauth

Dr. Darrell Ogilvie-Harris

Dr. Ryan Paul

Dr. Sam Park

Dr. Ujash Sheth

Dr. Sebastian Tomescu


A. Patient Care
Fellows are expected to attend outpatient sports clinics and become competent and autonomous in the evaluation of upper and lower extremity sports-medicine related disorders. They will also assist in the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care of the supervisor’s patients, as well as, assist in the evaluation of in-patient, outpatient and Emergency Department consults referred to the
supervisor. Finally, it is expected that fellows will assist on the hospital ward and didactic teaching responsibilities of the Division of Orthopaedics at each hospital and work in a timely fashion with other house staff attending to patients in the Emergency Department.
It is understood that the above responsibilities will not interfere with the Orthopaedic Residency Training Program of the University of Toronto but will, rather, complement and reinforce the teaching of residents. Fellows often add an external perspective to teaching at each hospital.

B. On-Call Responsibilities
Fellows are anticipated to contribute towards general Orthopaedic trauma call. Call coverage will not be more than 1:4 (home call).

C. Didactic Rounds
On the first Tuesday of every month, UTOSM hosts cross city orthopaedic sports medicine rounds. A full curriculum in arranged at the beginning of the academic year. Fellows will be asked to present 1-2 rounds over the course of the year. On the third Tuesday of every month, primary care sports medicine rounds are hosted by Dr. Doug Richards and are important to improve the fellow’s understanding of the management of non-operative management of sports medicine related disorders.
Fellow’s rounds are conducted once every three months in a nearby venue as a dinner meeting. In this forum, fellows present interesting cases which are discussed by faculty and fellows. The objective is to stimulate learning, create discussion, and facilitate camaraderie.
Professor’s rounds are held monthly on the second Monday at 6pm. This will consist of a formal presentation by a designated fellow of a timely topic.

D. University Rounds
Fellows are encouraged to make themselves available for many Orthopaedic, and city-wide educational opportunities offered through the University of Toronto.

E. Teaching
Fellows participate in the educational endeavours throughout the rotation. They are expected to participate in the teaching activities for medical students, residents and allied health professionals. In particular, fellows will be asked to be involved with OSCEs, teaching orthopaedic residents in the surgical skills lab, and going over didactic sessions using Orthopaedic Knowledge Update as a curriculum guide.

F. Research
Research is a mandatory requirement of the fellowship. At least two published papers are considered the minimum expectation of our fellows, many fellows achieve far more than this. Fellows are also expected to present their research at a national or international orthopaedic meeting.

G. Fellowship day
In June of each year there is a fellowship day help by the Division of Orthopaedics. Each fellow will be expected to present their research. A prize is awarded for the best paper.

H. Cadaver labs
There will be a two day cadaver bio skills program. The day will be a resident teaching session with all fellows attending as supervisors. Following the departure of the residents, advanced procedures will be carried out by staff and fellows.


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