My year at the Anderson Clinic was, by far, the most rewarding year of my training. The surgical experience is exceptional, as each attending with whom you work is a leader in the field. Starting out in my first year of practice, I felt very well equipped to manage the entire spectrum of cases I’ve seen in my practice, from basic primary joint arthroplasty to very difficult primaries and complex revision cases. The support staff is excellent, and allows the fellows to focus their efforts on maximizing their education.
Beyond the fellowship year itself, I know I can reach out to Drs. Engh, Hamilton, Fricka, and Goyal with any questions going forward, and I’m confident that they will continue to provide guidance and mentorship through the years.
If given the opportunity, I would without hesitation choose the Anderson Clinic fellowship again.
John Cody, MD
Fellowship Class 2015-2016
As a fellowship applicant, I was looking for mentorship from nationally respected surgeons, research opportunities, comradery, and a diverse, high volume arthroplasty experience. I found all of these at the Anderson Clinic. The experience exceeded my expectations.
I found the fellowship to be a professional but fun environment. The attending surgeons challenged the fellows to perform at their best while treating them with respect. Teaching conferences and journal clubs were intellectually stimulating and contained pearls I practice with today. I left the fellowship feeling confident and well prepared to establish my own high volume arthroplasty practice. My goal has been to emulate my fellowship mentors both in and out of the OR, and this has served me well.
Choosing this fellowship was one of the most rewarding decisions of my life. Every fellow becomes part of the Anderson Clinic family, and that bond extends well beyond the fellowship year. I still share cases with my attendings and classmates, stay in touch with office staff, and I look forward to seeing everyone at reunions. This remains one of the premier arthroplasty fellowship experiences in the world.
Ryan Koonce, MD
Lone Tree, Colorado
Fellowship Class 2013-2014
My time at the Anderson Clinic was the best professional experience of my career to date. I remember interviewing for the match process at various fellowships around the country and returning home to my wife saying, “I hope to match at Anderson. I think those guys will actually care about me, it felt like a family.”
The fellowship proved to ring true to my initial impression. Anderson Clinic is a family of surgeons, nurses, medical staff and fellows. They strive for excellence in patient care and the advancement of orthopaedic surgery, yet maintain a family oriented approach to the community of fellows they train. I will continue to attend and support the events of the fellowship throughout my career. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
Brian Perkinson, MD
Fellowship Class 2012-2013
The year I spent at the Anderson Clinic for fellowship was the most valuable surgical and educational experience of my training. The attending physicians allowed me to grow as a surgeon, both in the operating room and clinic. The Anderson Clinic staff is the most humble, kind and caring group I have worked with throughout my training and professional career. The attendings treat you as a junior partner and give you the autonomy to learn. The caseload that I experienced was vast. I learned multiple approaches for exposure in the knee and hip and obtained great confidence with the most complex primary and revision cases.
There is a strong emphasis on the clinic and research as well. The clinic experience allowed me to learn how to diagnose patients appropriately and how to run an efficient office. The research is at the center of the fellowship; it provided me with the basis to critically evaluate research, as well as my own patient outcomes. The year at Anderson Clinic is an invaluable, all encompassing, and enjoyable experience. There is not a better fellowship in the country!
Jared Roberts, MD
Albany, New York
Fellowship Class 2010-2011
My training at the Anderson Clinic was comprehensive and balanced, preparing me well for a career in academics. When teaching my own residents, there is not a day that goes by that I am not echoing a pearl that was taught to me from one of my mentors from the clinic. I learned the importance of pre-operative planning ensuring that I was mentally ready and equipped for any possible scenario during surgery, especially in revisions. I received essential exposure in the clinical setting learning appropriate indications for surgery, understanding subtle characteristics in the recovery of post-op patients and seeing the importance of long term follow-up. Having a dedicated team and large patient database facilitates research. In the operating room, I was immediately given autonomy with constant and guided supervision instilling confidence with fundamentals as well as with the latest techniques. Most importantly, I learned that a successful surgery starts with listening and spending time with each patient.
The group of joint surgeons at the Anderson Clinic has extensive experience, a wide range of talents and different approaches to surgery providing the fellow with a diverse set of skills. Each one of them is totally dedicated to teaching and always available. I was extremely fortunate to have learned from the current group as well as from Drs. Charlie and Jerry Engh.
The fellowship year is only the beginning of a lifelong relationship with the clinic and alumni filled with camaraderie, collaboration and continued learning. A common statement amongst the fellows is, “the fellowship is the best year of my training! “
Francis Gonzales, MD
San Diego, California
Fellowship Class 2009-2010
Simply stated, the Anderson Clinic Fellowship was the best professional year of my life. That’s saying a lot since I had previously been in a top orthopaedic residency and subsequently have had a rewarding professional career in academics and clinical practice.
What motivated me to travel across the country from San Diego to Virginia, with my wife and two young children, when I could have played it safe and stayed out west at any number of great institutions? Was it the prestige of the program? The cutting edge reputation of the Enghs? The academic rigor and opportunity to do research? The high volume of surgery? The location? Yes, it was all those things, but what stands out most were the people. There are too many stories to tell, but my fellowship was now over 20 years ago and, to this day, I count among my best friends those that I met and worked with that one year. I even feel a kindred spirit with fellows that came before and after me. So, I suppose, I am also saying the fellowship was a memorable personal experience.
I have trained fellows my entire career and I think I have insight into what makes a good fellowship experience. I believe it boils down to a balance of gaining surgical technical skill while being able to assimilate the thoughtful nuance of caring for patients. The Anderson Clinic Fellowship does that better than any other.
William Bugbee, MD
La Jolla, California
Fellowship Class 1994-1995
Everyone experiences milestones in life that results in a significant impact on the remainder of your life. Some are tragic but others are filled with enlightenment. My fellowship year was a transformational year for me that impacted my career as a joint reconstruction specialist but also as a compassionate physician and as a man. Having the honor of working with Charlie and Jerry Engh for a year was the most powerful and enlightening time in my life. These are two wonderful gentleman, scholars and now very dear friends who influenced me in so many ways and not a day goes by that I don’t reflect on something that I learned or was touched by one of these two gentlemen. They have left an incredible legacy behind through their influence of a host of young men who are now able to provide life-changing surgical procedures on so many patients across the world as a result of their teachings.
They have also shown us the great pleasure and value of engaging in research to continue to strive to refine and improve the art of arthroplasty. They have taught us the importance of attention to detail in order to maximize the chance for success and they have shown us great compassion for the individual patients that we serve and the power of the touch of the human hand. They live by what they preach and I am a blessed man for having had the opportunity to learn from them and to now have them as my friend. Heartfelt thanks.
Brian S. Parsley MD
Fellowship Class 1988-1989