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Complex Joint Reconstruction Center Clinical Fellowship

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Thomas P. Sculco, MD, Director, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Complex Joint Reconstruction Center
Peter K. Sculco, MD, Fellowship Director

Duration: 1 year
Contact: For more information regarding the CJRC fellowship program, please email complexjoint@hss.edu.

The Complex Joint Reconstruction fellowship program represents the continued commitment of HSS to train clinicians in the evaluation and management of patients in the musculoskeletal specialty of hip and knee arthroplasty. The one-year clinical fellowship is designed to provide the fellow with an ongoing, in-depth experience in the management of patients undergoing complex primary joint replacement and revision surgery. Emphasis is placed on the preoperative evaluation and operative management of these problems. The fellowship will accomplish these objectives through didactic clinical lectures, academic conferences, supervised patient care, in-depth surgical exposure, and research projects that support the concepts and skills learned in the clinical arena.

Goals and Characteristics

The CJRC Clinical Fellowship emphasizes the critical thinking needed to asses and care for complex cases. Candidates completing the fellowship will have developed sound principles and sufficient experience to manage these musculoskeletal disorders. A strong emphasis is on an apprenticeship surgical training model. Working closely with a small group of dedicated attendings with a high volume revision and complex primary practice over the course of the fellowship year. The expectation is that the clinical fellow will have the surgical ability and experience to create and execute an operative plan for a range of complex cases including a facility with revision exposure techniques, performing femoral and tibial osteotomies, and have the capability to use multiple implant systems. The goal is to provide highly motivated physicians with the clinical knowledge and research skills necessary for a successful academic and clinical career focused on challenging cases in joint reconstruction.


  • Applicants are required to have completed an Adult Reconstruction Joint Replacement fellowship before applying.
  • Applicants to an HSS fellowship program must complete a US ACGME.
  • Accredited Residency or a Canadian Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Canada (RCPSC) or College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) accredited Program.
  • Exceptionally qualified applicants may request an exemption to the eligibility requirement stated above by contacting complexjoint@hss.edu.

Candidates applying for an exception must complete the following:

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2, and, preferably, Step 3.
  • For an international graduate, verification of Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification.
  • Letter of commitment from their native country guaranteeing a job upon completion of fellowship.

Current opening

CJRC Clinical Fellowship for 2024-2025 - Application deadline is January 2, 2023.
CJRC Clinical Fellowship for 2025-2026 - Application deadline is January 2, 2024

Click here for the application. Completed applications should be sent to complexjoint@hss.edu.


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