Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship

Overview

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.

Program Information

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship is ACGME accredited and open to graduates of an approved orthopedic residency program. The ability to obtain a valid California medical and DEA license before start date is required. At this point in time, we do not accept ECFMG graduates. This includes both non-accredited and accredited ECFMG graduates.

Interested candidates should submit their application through San Francisco Match. Applications are accepted annually beginning in September and ending in January. The interview season typically occurs between January and March, ending with match day in April. The Orthopaedic Institute for Children currently has placement for one (1) fellow per academic year. Generally, the current recruitment season is seeking for a fellowship start date of the following academic year (ex: Those matched in April 2017 would begin Summer 2018).

Approximate compensation for the one-year Fellowship is $75,000 plus benefits.

Facilities

Fellows will work with orthopaedists that are UCLA Faculty Professors and have access to world-class resources in practice and in research. 

OIC offers care to children across 21 different specialties. Children are seen at the Outpatient Medical Center downtown, Luskin Children’s Clinic in Santa Monica, and at Valley Orthopedic Clinic in Calexico and in Mexicali at Hospital General de Mexicali as a part of our dedicated International Children’s Program. OIC’s presence throughout Los Angeles and Southern California allows access to a wide-range of patients across varying communities enhancing our trainees scope of care.

OIC Outpatient Medical Center
Luskin Children’s Clinic
Urgent Care Center
International Children’s Program at Calexico

In addition to surgical operations in UCLA Santa Monica, UCLA Ronald Regan and other local area hospitals, OIC’s Outpatient Medical Center now performs surgeries at their on-site Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) which opened in August 2016. The ASC features two surgical suites and a dedicated surgery center staff. The downtown campus also has advanced low-dose EOS imaging, distinguishing OIC among its affiliates in pediatric care.

Orthopaedic Institute for Children Ambulatory Surgery Center
UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center
UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center

Research is conducted at OIC’s J. Vernon Luck Research Center downtown, and at the Orthopaedic Research Center at UCLA-Westwood. Research activities between OIC and UCLA combine at the Orthopaedic Research Center to create the largest orthopaedic research collaborative in the country. OIC currently has hemophilia, fracture healing, joint arthroplasty, clubfoot, scoliosis and spine biomechanics research programs. Learn more about each research program.

J. Vernon Luck Research Center
Orthopaedic Research Center at UCLA-Westwood

Team

Orthopaedic Institute for Children has ten (10) faculty pediatric orthopaedists and twelve (12) consultants on staff. OIC also utilizes experienced nurse practitioners and currently has nine (9) NPs on staff leading and supporting clinic and urgent care efforts.

Anthony A. Scaduto, MD

Anthony A. Scaduto, MD

President and CEO, Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Chief of Staff, Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC)
Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics, (OIC)
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital Executive Vice Chair, UCLA/(OIC) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery,
David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA/(OIC) Department of Orthopaedics
David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles Fellowship Director, (OIC)

Mauricio Silva, MD

Mauricio Silva, MD

Medical Director, Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Medical Director, Urgent Care Center, Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA/Orthopaedic Institute for Children Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles

Richard E. Bowen, MD

Richard E. Bowen, MD

Director, Center for Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Director, Graduate Medical Education Program, Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Co-Director, Pediatric Spinal Deformity Program, Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles

Jennifer J. Beck, MD

Jennifer J. Beck, MD

Associate Director, Center for Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA/Orthopaedic Institute for Children Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles

JAMES LUCK, JR., MD

James Luck, MD

Director of Surgical Services and Rehabilitation, Orthopaedic Hemophilia Treatment Center

Clinical Professor, UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles
Residency Program Director, UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles

Nicholas M. Bernthal, MD

Nicholas M. Bernthal, MD

Assistant Professor-in-Residence, UCLA/Orthopaedic Institute for Children Department of Orthopaedics, David Geffen School of Med
William L. Oppenheim, MD

William L. Oppenheim, MD

Director, Cerebral Palsy Program, Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Director, UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Center for Cerebral Palsy
Clinical Professor, UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles
Emeritus Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics, UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California Los Angeles
Margaret Holden Jones Kaanar Professor, Cerebral Palsy

Rachel M. Thompson, MD

Rachel M. Thompson, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA/Orthopaedic Institute for Children Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, David Geffen School of
Katherine Au, MD

Katherine Au, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor Plastic Surgery, University of Southern California

Assistant Clinical Professor Orthopaedics, University of California Los Angeles

Trainees

The Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Fellow is OIC’s only permanent, in-house trainee. In addition, approximately three (3) UCLA Orthopaedic Surgery Residents will rotate into OIC on a monthly basis. These residents are supervised and scheduled by the fellow and take call for OIC during their rotations.
Non-surgical programs from UCLA, USC, and Kaiser also rotate into OIC for 1 day-6 month rotations. Non-surgical residents rotating into OIC are assigned to our various clinics. Throughout the year, 4th year medical students with UCLA also complete clinical and surgical rotations. These medical students are supervised by surgical residents.

OIC’s commitment to academia can also be seen through their volunteer program for undergraduate students. While volunteers are not allowed to participate in direct patient care, they are allowed to observe, giving undergraduate students the opportunity to have clinical exposure. Only one observer is assigned to each clinic for the semester.  

Contact Information

Please note that applications are only accepted via SF Match

Anthony Scaduto, MD
Fellowship Program Director

Melissa Peters
Medical Education Manager
[email protected]
p. 213-742-1369  f. 213-742-1435