Orthopaedic Surgery PA Fellowship History:
The program was conceived and implemented by Dr. Kenneth Mudge and Ms. Debbie Winberry, PA-C, at the original San Bernardino County Hospital. The program was maintained and transitioned into the new county facility known as Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in 1999. The first graduating class of the OSPAF program was in 1995. So far, the program has graduated more than 30 classes. Program graduates are highly sought after by orthopedic practices across the country. Arrowhead Orthopaedics remains committed to providing superior sub-specialty orthopaedic services in a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. The OSPAF program is but one example of the group's commitment to excellence through postgraduate training of Physician Assistants to prepare graduates to function as Orthopaedic Specialists.
ARC-PA Accreditation Status:
The OSPAF program embarked on the challenge of obtaining accreditation with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Achieving accreditation for post-graduate training programs is voluntary. Meeting the standards set fourth by the ARC-PA will benefit our residents. It will support a structured learning environment for both didactic and clinical aspects of the program as well as motivational inspiration for our faculty to continue providing excellent educational opportunities. The OSPAF (formerly OSPAR) program completed their site visit with the ARC-PA in July 2009. In September of 2009 the AO Orthopaedic Surgery PA Fellowship Program (OSPAF) received the distinguished honor of becoming the FIRST Orthopaedic P.A. Fellowship Program to be accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physicians Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).