Adult Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship

Number of Positions: 3
1 year (July 1 – June 30 of the following year)
Location: Vancouver Acute (Vancouver General Hospital)
Salary & Benefits: $68, 341 + Benefits (if applicable) + $5000/year travel stipend for approved courses/meetings

Fellowship Director: Dr. Kelly Lefaivre
Fellowship Mentors: Dr. Peter J O’Brien, Dr. Henry M Broekhuyse, Dr. Pierre Guy, Dr. Dean G Malish, Dr. Jeffrey M Potter


This fellowship is designed to allow the Fellow to increase his/her knowledge in the field of orthopaedic trauma surgery. There is an emphasis on the assessment and management of multiply-injured patients, and major injuries resulting from blunt trauma. Vancouver Acute functions as a Level I trauma center. The fellowship concentrates on the treatment of injuries to the pelvis and extremities and their early and late complications.

Fellows are required to complete the following:

  • Clinical care of patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting
  • Teaching of residents and medical students, including formal rounds teaching once/month on average
  • Completion of one research project for research day/submission to international meeting is required
  • Presentation at Orthopaedic Grand Rounds once during the year

Program Goals & Objectives:

Vision and Mission: To provide society with leaders in orthopaedic trauma care and to provide the Fellows with a learning environment for their development to become productive members in the academic orthopaedic trauma community and effective orthopaedic educators.

  • Refine decision making. Advance your decision making skills. Understand the basic principles of a condition or a situation and build on previous knowledge to make reasoned, logical decisions.
  • Critical thinking. Begin to critically analyze the literature and determine what you consider valid based upon your experience and the experience of others (evidence based surgery).
  • Understand the research process. Take part in the complete spectrum of clinical and basic research. Understand both the clinical and basic research process.
  • Surgical and clinical skills improvement. Improve surgical skills with appropriate fellow level cases. Learn how to manage complex periarticular and diaphyseal fractures, pelvic and acetabular fractures, and musculoskeletal injuries in critically injured patients. Evaluate and treat musculoskeletal infections, non-unions, and mal-unions.
  • Administration. Learn how to understand the administrative and business aspects of surgical practice.

Program Highlights:

The VGH Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship was the first of it’s kind in Canada, and has been training Canadian and foreign fellows since 1984. We have a very strong reputation for clinical and academic excellence nationally and internationally. We have a significant presence in the OTA, AONA and COA- providing opportunities for networking and establishment in the sub-specialty for our fellows.


Last updated: June 2020