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Pre-Residency Training

Start Date

Year Round

Year Round

One week after interviews in December & June

Last 3 weeks of September & March

First Monday of October & April

Admission Requirements
The program director must assure that each resident admitted into the program is qualified on the basis of previous education and experience to assume the responsibilities that she/he will be given as a resident. This assurance is based on an evaluation of the credentials of each applicant.


Application and Pre-Fellowship Requirements
All applicants must have successfully completed the appropriate training prescribed for beginning the fellowship. Prior to beginning the fellowship program the accepted individual must at a minimum:


  • Graduate of an accredited Primary Care Physician Assistant Program


  • Certification by the National Commission on Certification fo Physician Assistant and License to practice as a Physician Assistant in the State of California. If you have not taken the NCCPA exam you must apply to the Physician Assistant Committee for the necessary forms for licensure approval:



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  • Current DEA license.


  • Certification by California Academy of Physician Assistants for Controlled Substance Education Course.


  • Current CPR and ACLS card.


  • Provide supplemental documentation along with the application:

a) One letter of recommendation from program director or current employing physician.

b) One letter of recommendation from a peer.


  • An official copy of the National Certifying Examination scores sent direclty to us from the NCCPA.


  • A current copy of NCCPA certification card.


  • Official transcript from Primary Care PA Program attended sent to us directly from your program with official school seal. After graduation, we will need final school transcript.


  • Copy of Primary Care PA Program graduation diploma or certificate, or if still a student, your program director must verify your status as a student in good standing and your anticipated graduation date (include with letter of recommendation from program director).


  • Curriculum vitae


  • Personal Statement: A brief statement of interest and motivation for Orthopedic Surgery including how you became interested in the field, and what attracted you to it, and future goals and career plans. 


Mail Application and Background Check Form to:


OSPAF Program

P.A. Fellowship Director

400 N. Pepper Ave.

Suite 205 MOB

Colton, CA 92324 



Application / Interview / Acceptance Process

At the time an applicant inquires about the fellowship he/she is provided with an application, brochure, entry requirements, and contact information for any questions.


All candidates are given an equal opportunity to interview. The applicants are informed in writing and via e-mail of their interview date and time. The interview panel consists of the program director, medical director, program coordinator, and senior PA fellows(s).


All applicants who are accepted, named as an alternate, or declined a position are informed in writing. The accepted candidates must then respond in writing accepting their position as an Orthopaedic PA Fellow and complete a background check prior to final acceptance into the program.

Note: We do not provide individual feedback on why an applicant was not accepted into the program.

Initial Orientation

The fellow will meet with the Human Resources Manager of Arrowhead Orthopaedics (AO) on their first day in order to complete their medical benefits package and bloodborne pathogens training. The fellowship coordinator will review and obtain signatures for the fellows Training Contract, Delegation of Services, and Job Description. Within the first week the fellows training with the Fellowship Director will encompass an orientation to the roles, responsibilities, regulations, and protocols as a PA in the Fellowship Program and for each hospital they will rotate through.