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MOT+R Fellowship

  • Program Overview:
    • MacOrtho’s Trauma and Reconstruction fellowship is learner-centered program where fellows can augment their orthopedic traumatology exposure with additional blocks in complex arthroplasty/periprosthetic reconstruction, shoulder and upper extremity, as well as foot and ankle, with options to customize their fellowship based on practice goals. This is made possible through MacOrtho’s collaborative community of surgeons and several sub-specialty services across various affiliate hospitals.
  • Entry Requirements:
    • Clinical Fellows are trainees who have written their certification exam and successfully obtained specialty or subspecialty certification in their discipline. They must hold a certificate of registration authorizing independent practice or postgraduate education from the CPSO, obtain CMPA coverage, and meet all requirements to obtain hospital privileges.
  • Application Deadline:
    • January of the prior year (18 Months in prior to Fellowship start date)
  • Funding:
    • Remuneration: Approximately $70 000
    • McMaster University has a policy of no self-funding.
    • International Fellows are required to be fully funded.

  • Length of Training:
    • The MOT+R fellowship is 6-12 months in length. Curriculum highlights include weekly trauma rounds, 2-4 operating room days, dedicated clinic time, dedicated fellow rounds and teaching, as well as strong support to conduct academic research.
  • Sites:
    • Hamilton General Hospital (HGH): HGH is a level-three trauma center where fellows will be primarily based out of. In addition to exposure to high-energy trauma, fellows as HGH will have the opportunity to augment their training with elective foot and ankle, advancedarth roscopy, and shoulder and upper extremity practices.
    • Juravinski Hospital: The Juravinski Hospital is MacOrtho’s arthroplasty center of excellence and the region’s geriatric fracture site. Fellows seeking to augment their trauma training with advanced revision arthroplasty have the option to work with faculty at the Juravinski as well.
    • St. Joseph’s Hospital (SJH): SJH provides fellows to a wide array of “bread and butter” community orthopaedic trauma involving single limb orthopaedic injuries. SJH is also home to MacOrtho’s Upper Extremity fellowship, and fellows seeking to augment their trauma training with advanced upper extremity techniques can do so at this site.

  • Patient Care:
    • Fellows will be expected to in attendance at both operating rooms and clinics. This includes approximately 2-4 operating room days, with the remaining days of the week being in clinic.
  • On-Call Responsibilities:
    • Fellows will have the option to take primary call as part of their fellowship activities
      depending on schedule availability.
  • Resident Education:
    • Fellows are an integral component of MacOrtho’s residency training program. Fellows are expected to regularly teach residents in both operating room and clinic settings and are encouraged to actively seek additional learning opportunities (i.e. leading morning rounds, presenting topic-specific talks, etc.).
  • Research Opportunities:
    • As a part of MacOrtho’s extensive research network, MOT+R fellows will have access to many resources to conduct high quality research. Residents are expected to submit one manuscript for publishing in a peer-reviewed journal.


  • Application open 20 months prior to fellowship start date (November 1st of preceding year)
  • Application deadline is 18 months prior to fellowship start date (January 1st )
  • Interviews, for those invited, will be conducted 16 months prior to start date (February)
  • Interviewed candidates will be notified by mid-March approximately 15 months prior to start date
  • As McMaster University has a strict policy of no self funding, we are only able to accept fellows that will come with funding. Although the policy states it is program specific, Orthopaedics does not accept self funding.
For Fellowship Inquiries:

Paulette Aubry
Program Coordinator
McMaster Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Phone: 905-522-1155 Ext: 32267
  • Email: aubryp@mcmaster.ca