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Start Date

Year Round

January and July

One week after interviews

Upon completion of credentialing

Admission Requirements
The program director must assure that each canidate is qualified on the basis of previous education and experience to assume the responsibilities that she/he will be given as a Fellow. 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 the accepted individual must at a minimum:


  • Graduate of an accredited Primary Care Physician Assistant Program


  • Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

  • License to practice as a Physician Assistant in the State of California.


  • Current DEA license.


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


  • Current BLS and ACLS card.


  • Peer References:

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

b) One letter of recommendation from recent supervising physician or PA.

c) One letter of recommendation from a peer.


  • An official copy of the PANCE/PANRE scores sent directly to us from the NCCPA.


  • 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 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, what attracted you to it, future goals and career plans. 


Forward Application to:


MAIL                          OR                  EMAIL 

OSPAF Program                               

PA Fellowship Director                              

400 N. Pepper Ave.

Suite 205 MOB

Colton, CA 92324 



Application / Interview / Acceptance Process


All candidates are given an equal opportunity to interview. The applicants are informed in writing via e-mail of their interview date and time. The interview panel may consist 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 and credentialing staff of Arrowhead Orthopaedics (AO) on their first day in order to complete their medical benefits package, payroll documents, final credentialing documents, and new employee training. Within the first week of training the Fellowship Director will encompass an orientation to the roles, responsibilities, regulations, and protocols as a PA in the Fellowship.


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