Traumatology Fellowship

2019-20 Trauma Fellows, L-R: Drs. Iain Elliott, Erik Magnusson, Stephen Wallace, Sean Campbell, and Joseph Patterson
UW Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Traumatology Service Fellowship

Traumatology Fellowship Interview Packet 2022-2023

Orthopaedic Traumatology Advanced Clinical Experience (TACE)
(Trauma Fellowship)

The Orthopaedic Traumatology Advanced Clinical Experience (TACE) is a 12 month program designed for board eligible orthopaedic surgeons, after their residency training. The TACE curriculum satisfies the developing criteria for a Certificate for Specific Expertise in Orthopaedic Traumatology. This experience exposes the orthopaedist to the organization and management of a trauma center, and to the function of the orthopaedic traumatologist in this setting.

Program Overview

The Orthopaedic Traumatology Advanced Clinical Experience (TACE) is a 12-month program designed for board eligible orthopaedic surgeons, after their residency training. By providing a complete experience involving patient care, teaching, and opportunities for basic and clinical research, the TACE curriculum satisfies the developing criteria for a Certificate for Specific Expertise in Orthopaedic Traumatology and is accredited by the OTA Fellowship Committee guidelines and requirements. This experience exposes the orthopaedist to the organization and management of a Level 1 Academic Trauma Center, and to the function of the orthopaedic traumatologist in this setting. Clinical experience and teaching are profuse. The clinical component of the TACE introduces the orthopaedist to many operative and nonoperative techniques used in polytrauma with special emphasis on stable internal fixation. Advanced and innovative techniques of internal fixation are emphasized.

The TACE rotates through five individual clinical services. The clinical rotations are approximately 2.5 months in duration. Each service or team consists of the TACE, a chief resident, a junior resident, and nurse practitioners. Medical students are frequently a component of the team. Nine full-time equivalent experienced faculty members are divided among the teams. Each team has sub-specialty emphasis and dedication. Trauma related team sub-specialty areas include acute foot/ankle trauma and post-traumatic reconstruction, complex periarticular fractures, pelvic/acetabular injuries, proximal humeral arthroplasty for fractures, complex elbow fractures and fracture-dislocations, nonunion and deformity reconstruction, among others.

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