Educational Mission

The training faculty members of The Ohio State University Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship Program are committed to the education of all fellows and wish to prepare these physicians to function as well-qualified, independent specialists. We believe that fellows require training in basic science, and clinical care as it is relates to orthopaedics. Our role as educators is to instill trainees with those traits essential to success including honesty and integrity, objectivity, self-motivation, curiosity, timeliness and a sense of responsibility. Finally, as a division, we are committed to cultivating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion as we believe varied perspectives and backgrounds improve ourselves and our care of patients.

Program Description

Excellence in patient care, research, and education is the overall goal of the Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University. The musculoskeletal oncology training program is committed to a process of maturation in the pursuit of knowledge, and the development of intellectual capacity leading to a lifelong commitment to the fundamentals of a career in orthopaedic oncology. Fellows will be exposed to the full spectrum of adult and pediatric clinical activities, teaching, and research.

The program encompasses one of the most complete continuum's of sarcoma research and clinical faculty in the United States. As such, in contrast to many fellowship programs, the fellow will focus solely on orthopaedic oncology patients and will not participate in general orthopaedic cases. The program consists of rotations with core faculty in adult musculoskeletal oncology and is supplemented with clinical exposure to pediatric musculoskeletal oncology patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The fellow will also take part in interdisciplinary training with faculty in radiation oncology and medical oncology.

Program Aims

  • Train graduates to understand the process of quality research and to critically evaluate literature
  • Graduate surgeons who are capable of practicing competently and independently
  • Train graduates to master all aspects of musculoskeletal oncology surgery, both adult and pediatric
  • Graduate surgeons who are competitive applicants for positions in either private practice or academic practice settings
  • Graduate surgeons who perform well in subspecialty practice
  • Recruit superior fellowship candidates
  • Encourage and prepare fellows for roles in leadership organizations, such as health policy, advocacy, education, medical education accreditation and research; at regional, national and international levels


The fellow will participate in the educational activities of the Department of Orthopaedics, specifically:

  • Department of Orthopaedics Morbidity and Mortality Conference (monthly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Journal Club (monthly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Quality Conferences (quarterly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Visiting Professor programs (quarterly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Mallory-Coleman Research Day (yearly)
  • Department of Orthopaedics Michael J. Patzakis Endowed Lectureship (yearly)

And in the educational activities of the division of musculoskeletal oncology, specifically,

  • Musculoskeletal Oncology Tumor Board (weekly)
  • Musculoskeletal Tumor Indications Conference (weekly)
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology Journal club (weekly)
  • OSU/Nationwide Children’s/OSU Veterinary Medicine Sarcoma Journal Club (monthly)

Research Requirement

Research is an important component of the Adult Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. Each fellow is required to complete, present and submit a book chapter or case report for publication in a peer-reviewed journal prior to completion of the fellowship. In addition, the fellow will collaborate on ongoing research projects underway in the division. Research projects are presented at the annual Mallory-Coleman Research Day. Ample time is provided to the fellow throughout the program to complete the project.

Application Process

Application Process

Applications for fellowship are accepted through the SF Match. Applications are reviewed by the selection committee and are selected on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities.

Application deadline: November 15, 2022

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Musculoskeletal Oncology Fellowship Faculty


Thomas Scharschmidt, MD

Program Director


Joel Mayerson, MD

Professor of Orthopaedics

John Alexander, MD

John Alexander, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics

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