Explore the Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

Fellowship Overview

Fellows participate in an educational program based at Massachusetts General Hospital and work with seven different surgeons both in the outpatient and inpatient setting. Fellows work very closely with different attending surgeons during operative treatment. There are 5 fellowship positions per year.

Highlights of the educational program include a daily 6:45 am Conference where we review surgical indications, techniques, complications and new technologies. There are also lectures from various faculty members. Research activities are reviewed on a weekly basis and there is dedicated time during the Fellowship to work on research projects. Fellows are given the opportunity to attend research conferences and fellow courses throughout the year.


Potential Fellows must be graduates of a US Residency Programs and be Board Eligible. Fellows must have outstanding recommendations and history of clinical and educational excellence.

This fellowship participates in the national matching program.


Fellows participate in our daily 6:45 AM conference series where there are presentations and didactic lectures from experts in basic science, anatomy, radiology and core concepts in arthroplasty. We also review pertinent clinical topics in our Journal Club. Multiple cadaver labs are hosted over the course of the year for fellow education.

Clinical Experience

Fellows must complete twelve months of clinical work that includes surgical care and outpatient activity. There are five 10-week rotations. Case experience includes anterior and posterior total hip arthroplasty, manual and robotic primary arthroplasty, unicompartmental arthroplasty and a variety of complex revision and conversion arthroplasty cases. Fellows may opt to participate in paid level 2 trauma call.

Research Experience

Although there is emphasis on skills useful for today's challenges in reconstructive surgery, a critical component of the fellowship is development of future techniques and clinical practices. Fellows are given the opportunity to work on various clinical and/or biomechanical studies within the department, aided by research fellows, the Harris lab, and the biomechanics lab. Fellows are required to complete 2 research projects by the end of their fellowship.

How to Apply

Please mail inquiries and letters of support to:

Christopher Melnic, MD
Director, Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mailcode YAW 3700
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114

Telephone: (617) 726-8575
Fax: (617) 724-0718

This fellowship participates in the national matching program.