Fellowship Overview

For an entire academic year, the fellow will be embedded in the educational, surgical and research activity of Case Western Reserve University's Orthopaedic Residency Program. Under the supervision of distinguished orthopedic faculty, he or she will participate with current orthopedic residents in lectures, grand rounds, clinics, surgical procedures and basic research. The fellow will also have the opportunity to attend and present at national and regional conferences, including the annual Orthopaedic Research Society meeting, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) conventions, and the J. Robert Gladden Society Luncheon, where the fellow will have the opportunity to network with other medical students attending the annual AAOS convention.

The Timothy L. Stephens Jr., MD, Orthopedic Fellowship will provide:

  • Exposure to the highly competitive orthopedic residency program at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Department of Orthopaedics
  • Familiarity with orthopedic basic science research, clinical studies, physical examination and orthopedic surgical techniques
  • Opportunities to work with and learn from leading musculoskeletal research scientists and clinicians
  • Fellowship stipend to underwrite living, and travel expense

Experiences gained during this fellowship will enable participants to be strong contenders for positions in orthopedic residency programs nationwide upon graduation from medical school.


  • The fellowship is open to medical students who have completed the first two years (basic science) of study, and have been fully accredited to enter the next year at an accredited medical school in the United States.
  • Applicants should have a strong interest in orthopedics.
  • Applicants should be of African-American, Latino, or Native American descent.
  • Applicants should have taken the USMLE Step 1 exam.
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