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Education & Training


For more than 50 years, physicians have come from all over the world to participate in our orthopedic residency program—one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the nation. Our training environment enables graduates to either begin clinical practice immediately or pursue advanced fellowships in their desired subspecialties.

We provide a comprehensive, rigorous training environment that enables our graduates to either begin clinical practice immediately or pursue advanced fellowships in their desired subspecialties. Our program ensures that participants, who come to us from some of the finest medical schools in the United States, have had extensive experience in:

  • Evaluating patients with a wide array of orthopedic conditions and disorders.
  • Making critical clinical decisions.
  • Performing numerous procedures, both simple and complex.

The Pediatric Orthopedics Fellowship Training Program

The CHAM and Albert Einstein College of Medicine fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery is a one-year program that combines both clinical training and research.

Fellows are an integral part of the service and responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day care of our patients and their families. Our fellows work closely with attending surgeons in the operating room (OR), on the floors and in the clinics.  They are active contributors to the education of medical students and residents.  Clinical training will encompass all facets of pediatric orthopedics, including:

  • Trauma
  • Acute infections
  • Scoliosis
  • Complex hip disorders
  • Pediatric and adolescent sports medicine
  • Complex limb deformity
  • Musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disease
  • Hand and arm disorders
  • Foot and ankle disorders
  • Musculoskeletal tumors (both malignant and benign)

Clinical Experience

Fellows assist attending physicians in the OR and perform many, often complicated procedures under the direct supervision of the attending. In addition, fellows:

  • Conduct surgical floor rounds
  • Perform initial evaluation and follow-up care in our outpatient clinics
  • Evaluate trauma and other conditions in the CHAM Emergency Department
  • Attend weekly Grand Rounds, weekly pediatric surgical indications conferences, monthly research meetings and weekly educational sessions on a wide variety of topics

Research Opportunities

Our fellows pursue a wide variety of clinical and basic research projects and have full access to our ample laboratory facilities. Trainees may be involved in current ground-breaking, ongoing research projects within the orthopedic department involving:

  • Spine/Scoliosis
  • Hip
  • Sports Medicine
  • Neuromuscular Disorders

Fellows are expected to complete a research project of publishable quality during the fellowship period. 



For information about pediatric orthopedic fellowships, please contact:

Courtney Matlach
Coordinator, Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship Training Program

Eric D. Fornari, MD
Fellowship Director
Director of Pediatric Orthopedic Education