The Orthopaedic Surgery Physician Assistant Fellowship (OSPAF) is a joint effort of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Orthopedic Care Center and Arrowhead Orthopaedics.
The OSPAF is an intensive clinical and didactic training experience with an emphasis in orthopaedic emergency and trauma. The Fellow will gain competency in evaluation and treatment of trauma patients, orthopaedic office procedures, evaluation and management of outpatient orthopaedic patients, and will assist surgeons with orthopaedic procedures. In addition to the 250 operative cases performed monthly by the Orthopaedic Care Center, we also have daily outpatient clinics that average 1,200 patient appointments per month.
The OSPAF is a full-time twelve-month training program that requires an average of 70 hours per week of operative, clinical and emergency room based work. The program offers a certificate of completion with up to fifty CME credits authorized through the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). In addition, a benefit package including a stipend, health insurance, textbooks, meal allowance, and vacation is provided. Read more.
We offer 2 classes per year. The fall class starts in October and the Spring class starts in April of each year. Each class is preceded with three to four weeks of supervised orientation. Applications and interviews conducted year round. Read more.
The Orthopaedic faculty consists of fifteen, board certified Orthopaedic Surgeons with sub-specialties in the following areas: hand and upper extremity, pediatrics, spine, lower extremity, total joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma, foot and ankle. View Faculty.
Our mission is to provide postgraduate Physician Assistants the opportunity to advance their knowledge, skills, and competency beyond primary care. The OSPAF is committed to providing superior postgraduate didactic and clinical training to Physician Assistants who desire specialized careers in orthopaedic surgery. This signature program provides an intense and holistic blend of learning opportunities that ensure the success of the participants as orthopaedic surgical assistants and as providers of orthopaedic care in a clinical setting. PA Fellows are exposed to all aspects and sub-specialties within orthopaedics. Read more.