• Adult Reconstruction fellowship

    Adult Reconstruction Fellowship


The Adult Reconstruction Fellowship is a one-year program focused on primary and revision total joint replacements of the hip and knee. The program objective is to prepare a board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon for a career in arthroplasty surgery. The program provides training in all aspects of adult reconstruction surgery, including trauma, arthritis, congenital, and post-traumatic reconstruction. The fellowship is hands-on, and the responsibility is delegated based on demonstrating clinical and surgical maturity and expertise. The program emphasizes the diagnosis of clinical disorders of the bones, joints, and soft tissues, the pathogenesis of these disorders, the treatment modalities available for managing these disorders, and the results and complications of such treatment. The fellow will assume a significant role in the continuing care of patients and have progressive responsibility in patient assessment, preoperative evaluation, operative experience, and postoperative management and rehabilitation. The educational curriculum covers the study of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, microbiology, pharmacology, and immunology related to adult reconstructive orthopaedics.

Our team

Mauro Giordani, MD

Mauro Giordani, M.D.
Chief of Service
Fellowship Director

Educational Philosophy

  • Assisting in arthroplasty cases.
  • Rounding on all inpatients on a daily basis.
  • Assisting with the evaluation and management of outpatient arthroplasty patients.
  • Pre-operative planning of all surgical cases and coordinating for special implants or equipment needed in the operating room 
  • Completion of three research projects (one review and two research projects) is to be submitted for presentation at an orthopaedic meeting and/or peer-review journal.

Weekly schedule

Four of the five workdays are spent in the operating room. The fifth day is protected to pursue research interests and gain office experience. One or two didactic conferences will be held each week to discuss specific arthroplasty topics, research projects, or difficult cases. Other didactic activities would include:

  • Triage Conferences: daily conference to review orthopaedic emergency admission and outpatients treated in the previous 24 hours.
  • Resident Core Curriculum: meets twice a week and covers aspects of clinical basic science related to
  • Research Seminar: held every Tuesday to provide an opportunity for discussion of research activities and idea.
  • Grand Rounds: weekly conference with presentations of scholarly subjects relating to orthopaedics. CME credit is available.
  • Resident and Fellow Graduate Symposium: a one-day conference held annually in June, focuses on papers presented by chief residents and fellows regarding their clinical and laboratory research. Concludes with a graduation ceremony and dinner

The fellowship program includes access to all facilities on a single UC Davis Health Medical Center campus. These include the main hospital, the Education Building, which houses the medical school, the William Blaisdell Medical School Library, the Orthopaedic Research Labs, the new Medical School Anatomy lab, and the Ellison Outpatient Ambulatory Care Center. The facilities are all within easy walking distance from one to the next. There exists broad support from other clinical specialties, including radiology, laboratory medicine, rheumatology, endocrinology, infectious disease, pathology, and rehabilitation.

The fellowship begins on Aug. 1 and ends on July 31. Compensation for PGY6 is $93,567.63/year, with excellent benefits. Our minimal requirements for selection include the completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery, eligibility for a California Medical license, three letters of recommendation, and a curriculum vitae. Individuals interested in applying for the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship should apply through the AAHKS Fellowship Match at www.aahks.org.

Adult Reconstruction Fellowship interview dates for the 2023-2024 recruitment cycle are Feb. 2, 2024, and Feb. 23, 2024. 

For more information, please contact Delia Luna at dbluna@ucdavis.edu.