Fellowship Match Program

September 17, 2018

​Following medical school and orthopaedic surgery residency, some orthopaedic surgeons seek further training in the treatment of foot and ankle disorders through fellowship training programs.

The Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Program Match, sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, is designed to be a transparent, unbiased process in which applicants are matched to foot and ankle fellowship programs on a competitive basis.
  • Participating programs and applicants are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct​ for Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship Programs and Applicants. 

  • Participating programs must also utilize the Curriculum of recommended foot and ankle procedures and topics in training fellows​
Participation in the match requires graduation from an allopathic or osteopathic medical school, and fellowship is dependent upon successful completion of an approved orthopaedic surgery residency program.

The San Francisco Matching Service (SF Match) administers the application receipt and distribution process as well as the rank lists and match process. AOFAS staff are glad to assist in any way they can​​, and applicants or programs with questions or special needs are encouraged to contact the AOFAS Executive Office at aofasinfo@aofas.org, 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654.

Fellowship Programs in the Match

To ensure fairness, fellowship directors annually sign a legal agreement​ with the AOFAS, committing their program and faculty to abide by the Code of Conductand utilize the Curriculum of recommended foot and ankle procedures and topics.

Participating programs may not offer any six-month or longer fellowship positions outside of the match prior to Match Day unless pre-approved by the Fellowship Match Committee.

The AOFAS will give preference to faculty of participating programs over faculty from non-participating programs in the selection of symposia and educational course faculty as well as committee memberships and positions on the Society’s Board of Directors.

Available Positions

For a 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 position, please contact the programs directly to apply.  You may use thisapplication form​​  and "letter of good standing"/Status Report Form​​​.

Research and Observational Positions Outside the Match

Strictly research and/or observational fellowships and clinical fellowships of less than six months in duration are outside of the match and may be arranged at any time directly with a fellowship program. The AOFAS is not involved in facilitating such fellowships.

Stats on Previous Matches

   Statistics for 2013 to 2018
          (for 2014-2015 positions to 2019-2020 positions)


Questions on the fellowship match application process may be addressed to the AOFAS Executive Office at aofasinfo@aofas.org, 800-235-4855 or 847-698-4654.
AOFAS Fellowship Match Committee Chair:
   James R. Holmes, MD
   734-998-6594 (office)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeons who completed a fellowship in one of the AOFAS-affiliated Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Fellowship Programs 

Fellows 2008-2018​​​​​​​

 2019 Match Info


2019 Match Timetable for

 2020-2021 Positions

"Tips for the Orthopaedic Fellowship Match" -- Watch this recording of the live AAOS webinar held August 21, 2018.

August 6, 2018: Application period begins.  Applications  will be accepted on the SF Match website​

September 6, 2018: Suggested target date to submit application requirements to SF Match for distribution. (Check individual application deadlines of all programs of interest.)

December 1, 2018 - April 1, 2019: Interview period.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019​​ (Noon PT): Deadline for programs to submit their rank lists to SF Match

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (Noon PT): Deadline for applicants to submit their rank lists to SF Match
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (6:00 a.m. PT): Match Results available by logging into SF Match account

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 (8:30 a.m. PT) : Post-match vacancies listed on SF Match and AOFAS websites

 Application Process--Match


To Apply:
View the Program List​ to determine which programs interest you.

Register and apply for the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Match on the San Francisco Match website.

Complete the centralized application, which includes the following components:
  • CAS Application Form (including a Personal Statement)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE Step 1/COMLEX 1 or equivalent
  • "Letter of Good Standing" (i.e., Status Report Form as shown here) from your residency program director
  • Three letters of reference (If you so choose, one of those may be from your residency program director, but that is no longer required.)
Select your Distribution List (the programs to be sent your application.)

The SF Match registration fee is $100.  Additional fees will be charged based on the number of programs selected for distribution of your application. (Applications sent directly to fellowship programs will not be accepted unless they are for positions still open for 2018-19 or 2019-20.)

Detailed instructions are on the SF Match website (www.sfmatch.org​).