Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship at Phoenix Children's Hospital


The Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, affiliated with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, is a one year ACGME accredited post-graduate training program designed to offer an extensive educational experience in pediatric orthopedic surgery.

Under the supervision and guidance of six fellowship trained faculty, the fellow will gain a concentrated clinical experience in musculoskeletal disorders involving infants, children and adolescents. 

The curriculum is broadly based on five content areas, with outlined goals, objectives, and learning strategies for each of them. These include spinal deformity, neuromuscular disease, hip and lower extremity disorders, pediatric trauma and fracture care, and sports medicine.

Throughout the course of the fellowship year, the fellow will improve their technical abilities, knowledge base, leadership and teaching skills, decision making, and organizational skills through direct supervised patient care and participation in the conferences, lectures and journal club. The fellow will be involved in the education of the orthopedic residents and medical students who rotate on the pediatric service.

The fellowship provides an extensive array of clinical resources. The Center for Pediatric Orthopedics sees over 20,000 patient visits per year, and has continued to grow in both the number and breadth of pediatric orthopedic disorders treated.

The fellow is expected to complete a scholarly project during the fellowship year. This will not be limited to one project, and the scholarly project must be high quality and worthy of submitting the manuscript to a leading orthopedic journal. The fellow will work with the Research Director and Research Coordinator to identify a project within the first three months of the fellowship, obtain IRB approval, and guidance will be given to the fellow to approach the project in a hypothesis-driven, scientific manner.  The research coordinator will also assist the fellow in any of his educational needs such as putting conferences together.

An important part of the fellowship program is the ongoing evaluation of the fellow to ensure the fellow’s performance is progressing according to the six core competencies outlined by the ACGME. These evaluation forms are completed by the faculty and other staff on a quarterly basis, and the fellow frequently meets with the program director and other faculty to obtain appropriate feedback throughout the fellowship year.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is a full service and state-of-the-art tertiary-care institution, which has comprehensive surgical, medical, and pediatric consult services. A neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is present on the main campus. The pediatric intensive care unit has 48 beds in the main tower. Each of these units has the specialized equipment (such as ECMO) and trained professional and support staff. The hospital also offers a wide range of rehabilitative, psycho-social, and child life services. Phoenix Children’s Hospital also serves as Arizona’s only ACS certified level 1 pediatric trauma center

How to Apply

Fellow applicants must be legal residents of the United States, having successfully completed an ACGME accredited orthopedic residency. The applicant must be admissible to examination by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery or be certified by that board (or equivalent Board).

The fellowship is one year in duration, beginning August 1 and ending July 31.

We offer competitive compensation with excellent benefits.

Apply to our program through the SF Match website.

For Information, Please Contact

Debby Pike, Program Coordinator


Judson Karlen, M.D., Fellowship Program Director

Additional Program Information


Meet the Team

Sample Fellowship Agreement

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