Adult Joint Reconstruction

The fellowship at the University of Chicago was begun in 1994 as a mentorship by Henry A. Finn, MD, FACS, who created the fellowship as an educational opportunity and a way to share the incredible clinical resources available for teaching at the University of Chicago.  In 1996, the fellowship moved to an affiliate hospital on the northside "Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital".  The fellowship principles remained focused on education, critical thinking, experiential learning, and robust clinical experience. The Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at the University of Chicago is a one-year, ACGME accredited fellowship that accepts two (2) fellows per year. 

Fellowship Faculty and Rotation Sites

Weiss Memorial Hospital
Henry Finn, MD, FACS

University of Illinois at Chicago
Yasser Farid, MD, PhD

Rotations

Fellows spent 6 months at Weiss Memorial Hospital rotating and under the direction of Dr. Henry A. Finn.  The other 6 months are spent under the direction of Dr. Yasser Farid, both at Weiss Memorial Hospital and the University of Illinois.  Rotations are split into 2 month blocks. There are also 2 residents rotating at Weiss Memorial Hospital from  Franciscan St. James Health Osteopathic Orthopaedic Program.

Didactics

The fellow is responsible for the successful organization and administration of the weekly adult reconstruction conference which is held every Monday at Weiss Memorial Hospital from 6:00-9:00 am.  All fellows, residents, attending surgeons, clinical and operating room nurses in addition to discharge planners, social workers, physical therapists, and representatives of implant manufacturers attend the conference.  The conference is designed to achieve several objectives related to patient care, and fellow training and education and provides the necessary environment for direct evaluation and improvement of the fellow's competency as regards to medical knowledge as well as practice-based learning.  In addition, pertinent literature as well as, morbidity and morality are also reviewed. 

The fellows attend the Joint University Meeting, which is a multidisciplinary group meeting during which monthly outcomes are discussed.  The Joint University meeting overviews monthly outcome data such as incidence of wound complications, surgical site infection, thromboembolic complications, hip dislocation, knee range of motion discharge, length of hospital stay and readmissions. 

The fellows attend a weekly research meeting which allows the fellows to present their research ideas and plans, maintain focus on research tasks, and discuss project-related publications.

Fellowship Experience

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Chicago is committed to a mission of excellence in patient care, education and research. By recruiting and retaining world-class faculty and residents, we strive for innovation and professionalism to accomplish these missions. Each and every faculty member, by virtue of their ongoing commitment to practice excellence in an academic environment, appreciates both the privilege and responsibility of education.

The combined efforts of the University of Chicago, the Pritzker School of Medicine, and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery have earned the adult reconstructive fellowship program a reputation of distinction for more than 22 years (1994-2016). During this period of time, 29 fellows achieved the program’s goals and objectives and successfully graduated to become specialists in adult reconstruction.

The university of Chicago takes pride in treating a large and diverse group of patients with a myriad of complex musculoskeletal disorders. The cornerstone to outstanding patient care and service excellence involves an interdisciplinary team approach specific to each individual patient. Effective guidelines and application of standards of care has become the vehicle for the achievement of all interdisciplinary efforts.

The university of Chicago Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Program is designed to prepare the fellows to become independent decision making clinicians and orthopedic surgeons in the field of hip and knee arthroplasty. The goals and objectives of the program extend well beyond mastering primary hip and knee replacement to encompass difficult revision surgery. The fellow gains a unique exposure to the most difficult hip and knee reconstructive challenges through the integration of a wide array of clinical and surgical skills. The fellowship fosters insight, understanding, and creativity in the evaluation and treatment of relevant complex musculoskeletal issues, such as malunion, non-union, periprosthetic fractures, deformities, oncologic reconstruction and treatment of infection and provides the skill set to function independently in the three major components of care delivery, which include the outpatient clinic, the operating room, and inpatient care.

Call

The fellows cover call with the residents only at Weiss Memorial Hospital.  This includes one weekend per month.  Fellows are expected to be involved in the care of emergency and floor consults. 

Travel

The University of Chicago provides the fellows with sponsored opportunities to attend one or two national conferences in the field of joint replacement, typically the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

Research

In the adult reconstruction fellowship, each fellow will lead the preparation and submission of a least one clinical manuscript for publication in major peer-reviewed orthopaedic journals in the specialty of adult reconstruction surgery. 

Sites

Weiss Memorial Hospital is a 236-bed facility which includes the state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options administered by highly trained, compassionate health care professionals. Weiss is a Joint Commission-accredited facility providing a full range of health care services to meet the needs of a diverse community. Weiss Memorial Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the state of Illinois to have JACHO certification for hip and knee replacement surgery since 2013.

University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is a 495-bed tertiary care hospital, 22 outpatient clinics and 13 mile square health center facilities which provides comprehensive care, education and research.

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