Total Joint Fellowship

Two 12 month fellowships in primary and revision total joint replacements of the hip, knee, and shoulder are available beginning August 1st of each year. One of the positions allows for additional experience in musculoskeletal tumor surgery. A high volume of primary and revision cases as well as the opportunity for clinical research should prepare an applicant for a career in either academics or private practice.

This is a “hands on” fellowship where responsibility is delegated based on demonstration of clinical and surgical maturity and expertise. At the conclusion of the year, the participant should feel comfortable with minimally invasive techniques for primary total hip, total knee, and unicompartmental knee arthroplasty, hip arthroscopy, complex primary and revision total hip, total knee, and total shoulder arthroplasty and musculoskeletal tumor surgery if desired by applicant. Clinical evaluation and non-surgical management of arthroplasty problems are also emphasized.

1) Responsibilities

The fellow will be responsible for the following duties:

a) Assisting with all surgical cases
b) Rounding on all inpatients on a daily basis
c) Assisting with evaluation and management of outpatients in the clinic
d) Pre-operative planning of all surgical cases and coordinating for special implants or equipment needed in the OR
e) Completing 1 research project to be submitted for presentation at an orthopaedic meeting and a peer review journal
f) Coordinating care of Dr. Swanson’s patients when he is out of town or otherwise unavailable.

2) Faculty

Todd V. Swanson, MD: Total joint replacement surgery, hip arthroscopy
Ronald Hillock, MD: Musculoskeletal tumor surgery, total joint replacement surgery

3) Schedule

Mondays and Tuesdays are spent in the operating room. In general, six to eight arthroplasty cases are performed each day. Responsibilities are delegated based on demonstration of surgical maturity and expertise.

Wednesdays and Thursdays are spent in the outpatient clinic. Evaluation of new referrals, follow-up of operative and non-operative patients, and clinical decision making are emphasized. Some degree of autonomy is given based on level of clinical skills.

Friday is a day for outpatient surgeries, clinic follow-ups from on-call activities, and research projects. A multitude of resources is available for clinical research projects.

Weekends, in general, are free for reading, preparation for surgical cases or presentations, and research. Moonlighting opportunities are also available if desired.

4) Compensation

A generous compensation package is provided. Base salary is $60,000 per year plus health benefits for fellow and his family. The fellow is allowed 1 paid week annual vacation plus 1 week to attend the arthroplasty meeting of his or her choice with all expenses covered up to $2,000.

Additional revenue may be generated by taking additional emergency room call at local community hospitals if desired. Compensation is based on billings generated while on call and is paid monthly. Most cases are low-level trauma (high energy or polytrauma cases usually go to the university medical center).

5) Application

All applicants should be board eligible or board certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Interested applicants should mail, fax, or attach to an email:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Current Curriculum Vitae
  3. Names and contact information of 3 professional references. Reference letters can also be sent to the address below:


Todd V. Swanson, MD
Director, DOC Adult Reconstructive Fellowship Program
2800 E. Desert Inn Rd., #100
Las Vegas, NV 89121

Phone: (702) 697-7249
Fax: (702) 221-9186

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