Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery Clinical Fellowship

The Orthopedic Surgery Clinical Fellowship program is an interdisciplinary internship that develops well-rounded orthopedic surgery subspecialists through applied surgical skills, academic training and research. CHOP's orthopedic fellowship program began in 1988 and is nationally recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Since its inception, the Division of Orthopedic Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has funded more than 50 fellows, with both clinical and research orientations.

Areas of specialization

Fellows enrolled in our program can specialize in:

Your clinical experience

Clinical fellows in the Orthopedic Surgery Clinical Fellowship have much autonomy during their 12-month internship.

Components of your experience will include:

Our clinical fellowship does not compete with any subspecialty fellowship and there are minimal night calls.


To better orient residents and fellows during their time at CHOP, each fellow or resident will receive an updated copy of the Resident/Fellow Handbook.

This handbook includes everything a resident or fellow needs to know about the program and the Hospital, including general information, orthopedic guidelines, service guidelines, polices and procedures, medications, and our pain management program.


To learn about our physicians and other healthcare providers, see meet our team.

Clinical fellows

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

How to apply 

To apply, please download the Orthopedic Surgery Fellow/Scholar Application and submit it with all required documentation. Acceptance to our program is conditional on complete and acceptable application and requirements.

Please specify which program you are applying for in your application. 

More information

For more information about the Orthopedic Surgery Clinical Fellowship program, please contact Joanne Hofmann


Reviewed by: John P. Dormans, MD, FACS
Date: October 2013

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