How to Approach Fellowship Match: Tips for the Applicant and Fellowship Programs

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The orthopaedic fellowship match process has become an important part of training in the past several years. The Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) had a match, like many other subspecialties in the 1990s. The match process was disorganized and chaotic for applicants and programs alike and dissolved for most specialties. The OTA reinstated the match in 2007 and subsequently joined the San Francisco Match in 2008. Every orthopaedic surgical subspecialty now participates in an organized match process. With the exception of the hand (who uses National Resident Matching Program for a multidisciplinary match involving orthopaedic, plastic, and general surgery residents), the specialty societies use the San Francisco Match to run the fellowship match.

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