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Orthopedic Research Fellowship

The Orthopedic Research Fellowship program began in 2003 and is a one to two year commitment. Fellows participating in our program work directly with our research team and faculty on a number of ongoing studies.

Researchers will have the opportunity to be involved with writing and editing manuscripts in addition to presenting their research at highly regarded national conferences. Learn about our fellowship alumni.

In addition, we have research volunteer opportunities. Please contact our Orthopaedic Research Department at 303-436-5825.

To Apply

The Department of Orthopedics participates in the SF Match Program. Apply online for the Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship at Denver Health or learn more about the SF Match Residency and Fellowship Matching Services through the SF Match Program.

Program Objectives

Because the completion of an accredited orthopaedic residency training program should qualify the surgeon to care for the basic problems of multiply injured and critically ill patients, the education offered by the orthopaedic trauma fellowship should allow the trainee to acquire an advanced level of skill in the management of this population.

The primary fellowship objectives include:

  • The surgical as well as non-surgical management of musculoskeletal injuries with special emphasis on:
    • Pelvic and acetabular fractures
    • Complex periarticular fractures
    • Nonunions, malunions and osteomyelitis
    • Algorithmic decision making with respect to timing and sequencing of multiple injury management.
  • Postoperative and outpatient care, including the directing of rehabilitation.
  • Understanding the prophylaxis and/or treatment of the complications and sequelae of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Injury management decision making, based on age and/or co-morbid medical problems, as seen either in the pediatric or the geriatric population.
  • Developing familiarity with and understanding the historical evolution of the methods available to treat musculoskeletal injuries.
  • The use of advanced technology and instrumentation.
  • Activities that foster the development of skills in teaching as well as laboratory and clinical research related to orthopaedic trauma.
  • Ethical, economic, and legal issues as they pertain to orthopaedic trauma care.

Furthermore, it is expected that individuals completing fellowship training in orthopaedic trauma care will be able to:

  • Organize and administer an orthopaedic trauma service, and coordinate the activities of the service with other administrative units.
  • Establish policies and procedures for the management of orthopaedic trauma patients.
  • Appoint, train, and supervise specialized personnel.
  • Teach the specialized body of knowledge required for the comprehensive management of the orthopedic trauma patients.
  • Develop and pursue research in various areas of orthopaedic trauma care.


The orthopedic trauma fellow is expected to spend his/her time in research 1 day per week and the other days split between the operating room and clinics. Call will be, on average, one weekday per week and every 5th weekend. The fellow will be on call with an orthopedic trauma attending. Each fellow will have four weeks of vacation.

Board Rounds

Morning X-ray rounds begin at 7:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. During X-ray board rounds, the on-call residents present the cases that were treated during the previous 24 hours. The orthopedic trauma fellow will be encouraged to comment on treatment options, reduction methods, and relevant literature related to these cases.


Didactic conferences take place at the University of Colorado Wednesday mornings from 7-9am. The fellow is expected to participate in grand rounds, the trauma core resident curriculum, the summer anatomy course and mortality and morbidity conference. Fellow assignments will be made by the Trauma fellowship director.

Orthopedic Trauma Journal Club

The orthopedic trauma fellow, residents and attending staff are responsible for topic selection, review, and reading assignment on a monthly basis. The trauma fellow and attending will read every article to be presented by a resident during trauma journal club.


The orthopedic trauma fellow must complete at least one publishable research project. Fellow will have the support of a full-time ND, PhD, and research assistants. Further research; as well as, grant writing is encouraged and will be supported.


The orthopedic trauma fellow will assist the trauma attendings in the administration of the orthopedic trauma services. The attendings, particularly the director and associate director, will provide opportunity for the fellow to observe and be mentored in the organizational and administrative aspects of internal and external trauma system development.


The orthopedic trauma fellow will be provided the opportunity to attend several meetings sponsored by the AAOS and industry. The fellow will attend the annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association in the fall. The department of Orthopedic Surgery will subsidize travel, hotel and meeting costs.

Program Statistics

Director: Dave Hak, MD
University Affiliation: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Hospital size: 500 beds
Length of fellowship: 1 year
Fellowship positions: 1
Stipend: $56,769+ benefits
Full-time Orthpaedic Trauma Faculty: 4
Trauma Admissions/year: 2,025
Emergency Department Encounters/Year: 46,423

Qualifications of Applicant

All candidates for this fellowship position must be graduates of approved residency programs and must obtain a valid Colorado medical license

ACGME Accredited