The final year of the Brown University Orthopaedic Residency Program ensures that our graduates become skillful, experienced surgeons before they leave Brown. After completing their Chief Resident year (PGY5), our trainees spend another year at Rhode Island Hospital as Orthopaedic Trauma Fellows. This year is divided between an extensive exposure to the evaluation and management of musculoskeletal injuries and allows time for clinical and laboratory research. The projects typically are expansions of projects begun during the residency years. This fellowship is not open to applicants from outside of Brown.
Clinically, Brown's Trauma Fellows function as attending surgeons. They have independent surgical privileges, with commensurate responsibilities for patient care. Consultation and support from the senior faculty are readily available, since a senior faculty member is always on-call with the Trauma Fellow.
The Trauma Fellowship is directed by Rhode Island Hospital's Surgeon-in-Charge of Orthopaedic Trauma, Roman Hayda MD. There are weekly trauma fellow meetings, trauma service patient review conference, and frequent ad hoc case discussions to address patient management, pre-operative planning and the weekly resident trauma teaching conferences all provide ample opportunity for our Trauma Fellows to learn as much as possible from their rich clinical experience.
The Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship is only available to Brown Orthopeadic Residency program graduates. Salary & benefits are competitive with the typical PG6 fellowships, with time off and generous support of travel for presentations, as well as relevant educational programs. Two weeks of vacation time is allotted during the fellowship year.