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Division of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

The Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery offers a one-year clinical fellowship, accredited by the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), which provides trainees a high-volume experience and diverse surgical opportunities. The primary goal of the fellowship is to train fellows to provide state-of-the-art treatment for all injuries and conditions affecting the shoulder and elbow and to become proficient in the entire gamut of arthroscopic and open surgical techniques.

Fellows receive advanced and comprehensive clinical training that includes the following objectives:

  • to understand surgical and nonsurgical management of all aspects of acute, subacute, and chronic disorders involving the shoulder and elbow
  • to develop clinical and surgical skills related to all aspects of bony and soft tissue surgery involving the shoulder and elbow, including fracture care, arthroscopy, ligament and tendon repair, and arthroplasty
  • to gain expertise in identifying and addressing the complications associated with the treatment of shoulder and elbow conditions
  • to participate in clinical, basic science, and translational research
  • to engage in resident and medical student education
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Fellows also participate in our robust orthopedic education program, including resident and fellow didactic conferences, journal clubs, indications conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences, and sports medicine conferences.

A typical weekly schedule consists of attending shoulder and elbow, sports medicine, and department-wide academic conferences; providing care in our outpatient ambulatory care center and office sites; performing surgical procedures under the guidance of our core faculty members; and engaging in research. Fellows are expected to be on call one weekend every two months and are also required to complete three research and writing projects.

Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship Clinical Opportunities

As part of the fellowship clinical experience, you take on a primary leadership role in providing care for patients with shoulder and elbow conditions at NYU Langone Ambulatory Care—23rd Street. You also have the opportunity to assist core faculty members in providing care in their private offices.

Our fellows are exposed to a wide variety of surgical cases. The following represents the breadth and number of surgical cases fellows have participated in over the past few years.

Case Log for Fellows in the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Surgical Cases 2016–17 2015–16 2014–15
Shoulder Arthroplasty 235 195 299
Shoulder Rotator Cuff Repair 92 105 200
Shoulder Instability Repair/Reconstruction 276 264 123
Elbow Arthroplasty 7 6 15
Elbow Soft Tissue Reconstruction 37 57 17
Shoulder and Elbow Trauma 10 35 8

How to Apply

Submit all application materials for our fellowship directly through SF Match, except as noted. To complete the application process, you need the following documents:

  • your CV
  • a personal statement
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a photograph of yourself emailed as an attachment to Karina Rustia, MBA, our fellowship coordinator, at (optional but recommended for identification purposes)

Candidates who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents must be able to obtain medical licensure in New York. International candidates must be eligible for employment and medical licensure in the United States before training.

We offer one fellowship position per academic year.

Contact Us

We are available to answer any questions you may have about our ASES-recognized shoulder and elbow fellowship. Please contact our graduate medical education coordinators in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for additional information.

Karina Rustia
Phone: 212-598-6704

Randie Godette
Phone: 212-598-6509