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Shoulder Fellowship

Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)

Number of Fellows: 1 fellow per year

Director: C. Scott Humphrey, MD

Stipend: $68,099/year

Fellowship Site

Humphrey Shoulder Clinic,
Eagle, ID

St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center,
Meridian, ID

Veterans’ Administration Medical Center,
Boise, ID

Millennium Surgery Center,
Meridian, ID

Treasure Valley Hospital,
Boise, ID

Fellowship Description:

The Idaho Shoulder Education and Research Foundation (ISERF) is a not-for-profit entity dedicated to serving as a resource for surgeons and patients who wish to further their knowledge regarding problems affecting the shoulder. The Foundation’s mission is to promote education regarding shoulder disorders and treatments, train surgeons to diagnose and appropriately manage difficult shoulder conditions, and contribute to musculoskeletal research. The ISERF fellowship is based in the Boise, ID area. Fellows are under the tutelage of Dr. Scott Humphrey and (beginning in August of 2017) Dr. Michael Curtin.

This one-year fellowship program provides hands-on learning and mentorship. The fellow will gain exposure to the full range of shoulder pathologies and treatment options, including non-operative management, primary and revision standard and reverse arthroplasty surgery, and arthroscopic as well as open soft-tissue procedures. In a typical year the fellow will participate in about 300 shoulder cases (~100 of which are arthroplasty cases), either as surgeon or first assistant. Opportunities may be available to shadow other fellowship-trained surgeons in order to gain additional exposure to elbow, trauma, and sports medicine surgery.

The fellow will conduct medical research in order to improve and promote the understanding of orthopaedic surgery, specifically pertaining to shoulder surgery procedures. The fellow will assist in the design, implementation, and publication of various clinical and basic science studies. The fellow will enroll patients who are undergoing shoulder surgery procedures into various studies, then help track and report clinical outcomes. The fellow will conduct various aspects of research while participating in patient care through outpatient clinics, surgery, and inpatient management. The fellow will improve his/her understanding of shoulder pathology through research, paper and presentation preparation, didactic interaction, and conference attendance. The fellow is expected to complete and submit for publication one high-quality research project during the fellowship. Opportunities for both basic science and clinical research are available.

Through regular educational conferences, pre- and post-operative conferences, as well as morbidity and mortality conferences and journal club, the fellow should have by the end of the fellowship year a strong foundation regarding:

  • Shoulder anatomy and biomechanics
  • The basic science of soft tissue injury and healing
  • Pathological conditions of the shoulder and upper extremity
  • The importance of taking a thorough medical history
  • Performance of a proper physical exam
  • Interpreting imaging and other diagnostic tests
  • Creation of an appropriate differential diagnosis
  • Understanding both nonoperative as well as surgical treatment options
  • Arthroscopic and open surgical techniques
  • Management of surgical complications
  • Anatomical variations that do not necessarily represent true pathology
  • The importance of interpersonal skills for patient care
  • The process of medical research
  • The economics of a private shoulder surgery practice

Shoulder Curriculum

In addition to fulfilling clinical and research duties, all ISERF fellows will be expected to work through the ASES Curriculum Guide for Treatment of Shoulder Injury.This guide has been developed by the ASES Education Committee to be used as a reference source by fellows in order to gain a basic foundation of information on evaluation and treatment of shoulder injury and disease. The fellow will review and discuss various aspects of the curriculum with the attending surgeons over the course of the one-year fellowship.

Fellow, Faculty, and Program Evaluation

In an effort to continuously improve the fellowship experience, ISERF conducts scheduled evaluations of fellows, faculty, and the program as follows:

  • A confidential evaluation of each fellow will be conducted on a semi-annual basis, using the ISERF Fellow Evaluation Form.
  • Each fellow will evaluate the individual faculty member’s teaching abilities, commitment to the educational program, professionalism, and commitment to research on an annual basis using the ISERF Faculty Evaluation Form.
  • Both the fellow and the fellowship director will complete an annual evaluation of the program using the ISERF Annual Program Evaluation Form.

The completed evaluation forms will be maintained as part of the program’s permanent record.

Current Openings:

We are currently accepting applications for one-year positions starting on August 1, 2017 and August 1, 2018. Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing an orthopaedic surgery residency, as well as be qualified to obtain a physician’s license in the State of Idaho.

We are unable to sponsor J-1 or H1-B visas, thus applicants must legally reside within the USA.