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American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

Advocacy, Education, Research

About the Fellowship Match

The Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee/Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship Match Program

The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), The Hip Society (THS), The Knee Society (TKS) and the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) have established this Fellowship Match Program to assist orthopaedic residents in obtaining fellowships in adult reconstruction or musculoskeletal oncology, and for fellowship programs to obtain fellows in these specialties. View the Match Report placement statistics since the program’s inception in 2010.

2018 Placement Match Results are In

The Match took place on April 20, 2017 for training positions beginning in July/August 2018. The number of participating applicants, positions offered and matched applicants continues to grow. A record number of 169 positions filled – leaving eight open positions.. The SF Match lists the open positions on their website (click the Immediate Vacancies tab), and applicants can contact those programs directly to apply.

Registering for The Match

  1. Residents must go to the SF Match website to register for The Match. The Adult Reconstructive Fellowships and the Tumor Fellowships are listed separately.
  2. Residents should review The Match FAQ for details about The Match process.

The 2019 Match Timeline

June 1, 2017 – July 3, 2017  Programs that participated in the April 2017 match cycle must update their program information including description, restrictive covenant (you must answer “yes” or “no”), acceptance of international applicants and interview dates (if available) on the SF Match website. Programs must update the number of positions they are offering for placement in 2019.

July 3, 2017  Signed agreements and Exhibit A showing the number of available positions for the April 2018 Match are due. Send to Sigita Wolfe at swolfe@aahks.org or fax to 847-698-0704 or mail to: Sigita Wolfe,  AAHKS, 9400 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 230, Rosemont, IL 60018. Payment is also due by July 3. Call 847-430-5073 to pay by credit card or mail checks payable to American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Programs that did not participate in the 2017 Match cycle or who are new to the Match will need to complete and submit a fully executed Match agreement including Exhibit A along with payment to the AAHKS office by July 3, 2017. Once approved an SF Match form will need to be completed and sent to the Match. Please Contact Sigita Wolfe at swolfe@aahks.org for an application.

August 1, 2017 The SF Match will begin accepting registration for the Adult Reconstructive Hip and Knee/Tumor Fellowship Match. October 3, 2017 is the target date for applicants to complete the requirements for application distribution. This is NOT a deadline. Some programs accept applications at any time; others may set a deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to contact training programs for individual deadline dates.

September 11, 2017 through March 23, 2018  Programs will interview those applicants they select.

April 6, 2018  Rank list from programs and residents due by Noon Pacific time to SF Match.

April 20, 2018 Match Day!  Match Results Released.

April 20, 2018  Programs that did not match are posted on the SF Match website for Residents who did not match to apply directly. Programs not wishing to post their vacancy must contact the Match office.

June 2019  Residents complete their PGY5.

July/August, 2019  Fellowship training begins.

Rules for Fellowship Programs and Fellowship Program Directors

  • Programs cannot ask applicants how they will rank their fellowship program or other training programs.
  • Programs may not request an applicant’s commitment to a program prior to The Match.
  • Programs will avoid contact with applicants between the interview and The Match date, especially in ways that may be viewed as active recruitment tactics, pressure tactics or bargaining for a position. Programs cannot request or require return visits after the interview.
  • Programs may initiate or respond to contact with applicants as a courtesy, to restate their interest in the applicant, and to provide additional information regarding the fellowship program.
  • Rank lists must remain confidential.
  • The Match is a binding commitment between the applicant and the institution, contingent on satisfactory completion of prerequisite training and any explicitly stated special requirements of your program.
  • Post-match vacancies may be filled by direct negotiation; however, programs will not fill vacancies with any unauthorized agreements made prior to The Match. Programs will not attempt to fill vacancies with an applicant already matched elsewhere unless the applicant has obtained a formal written release from the matched program.
  • Match violations are reported to the Match Administrator. The Match rules will be enforced and any and all violations investigated and determination of penalty is at the discretion of The Match Oversight Committee and the four organizations.

The Match is Vital to Our Future

The Match is vital to the future of our specialties. The leadership of these organizations, as well as the leadership of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) are fully committed to doing whatever is necessary to make The Match program a success. A task force established by the four organizations developed The Match program with assistance from other orthopaedic societies with established Matches who provided valuable resources as the program developed.

The Match is governed by a Match Oversight Committee composed of representatives and alternates from each of the four organizations, and a chair elected by the Committee.