The Advanced Practice Provider (APP) Orthopedic Fellowship is a 12-month postgraduate program dedicated to enhancing the development of early-career Physician Assistants (PAs) or Nurse Practitioners (NPs) or for those new to orthopedic medicine. Recognizing that PAs and NPs are increasingly utilized in an orthopedic medical setting, our program’s mission is to provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for a provider to succeed in the challenging world of orthopedics. With a focus on developing competence and confidence, this transition-to-practice program prepares the PA/NP to deliver superior patient care while in a protected learning environment.

The 12-month program uses a stepwise approach to develop learners into well-rounded, competent providers. Each clinical rotation — including sports medicine, hip, knee and shoulder rotations, adult reconstruction, trauma, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, spine, oncology and electives — has a didactic phase. The didactic curriculum will be delivered on a continuous basis throughout the program. In addition, the fellow will attend weekly specialty lectures, journal clubs and seminars.

Application Process

The program is open to both new graduate and experienced physician assistants and nurse practitioners interested in building a foundation of knowledge to care for patients in ambulatory settings

Fellowship applicants must meet the following minimum criteria by the time the program begins:

  • Graduation from a PA Training Program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). 
  • A master’s degree is required and applicants must have passed the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) Certification Examination


  • Have a master’s degree from a nurse practitioner program from an accredited university and have your RNFA


  • Be recognized as a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner by the Ohio State Medical Board or Board of Nursing

The fellowship position will be posted annually in the careers section of our website. Applications will be accepted January 1, 2024 through March 1, 2024. 

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Advanced Practice Fellowship Committee