San Diego Spine Foundation


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About the Fellowship Program

Yearly from August 1st to July 31st

Application Information
The San Diego Spine Fellowship participates in the SF Match program. Please click here to visit the SF Match website for more information and to complete your application:

Application Deadline
Yearly on November 1st

$75,000 for Academic year 2023-2024 (includes health and malpractice insurance, plus academic benefits)

Affiliated Facilities
Scripps Green Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Scripps Mercy Hospital and Scripps Memorial La Jolla; Scripps Clinic.

Program Description
The spine fellowship is designed to provide the orthopaedic surgeon or neurosurgeon who has successfully completed residency, with comprehensive exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of spinal disorders. Surgical procedures include anterior, posterior and minimally invasive techniques. Individuals completing the fellowship will have comprehensive exposure to pediatric and adult patient populations.

All participating faculty in the program are nationally recognized specialists in both non-operative and operative spine care. Fellows will participate in outpatient and inpatient care. The Fellow is given increasing responsibility throughout the year based on individual achievements. Clinical and basic science research projects are on going. Fellows are expected to complete at least one major research project of publishable quality within the year.

Applicants must be Board-eligible or -certified and have obtained a California medical license 6 months in advance of commencement of the fellowship (mandatory). The use of the SF Match Central Application Service (CAS) is mandatory. Applicants fill out only one application form and provide one set of documents and CAS will distribute these documents to the applicant’s designated programs. Per SF Match guidelines, three letters of recommendation are required, including one from a residency program director. Applicants who are seriously considered for the fellowship will be asked for an interview as outlined in the matching guidelines.

Fellowship Program Profile:

Percent of fellowship devoted to operative care - 70%
Percent of fellowship devoted to non-operative care - 20%
Percent of fellowship devoted to research and education - 10%

Percent of exposure to spine by region:

Lumbar - 50%
Cervical - 30%
Thoracic - 20%

Percent exposure to spine by diagnosis: 

Degenerative - 60%
Adult Deformity - 30%
Pediatric Deformity - 5%
Trauma/Tumor - 5%