I am a strong believer that there is not a better fellowship in the country. My year at the Anderson Clinic was better than I could have ever hoped for. The depth and breadth of surgical experience that I gained has made me confident and competent as I head into my own practice. This fellowship is unique as the surgeons offer a graduated level of autonomy and each surgeon has a slightly different approach to challenging problems. This allows the fellows the opportunity to see many different ways to handle different situations and then the trainee can decide for themselves which lessons to take from each attending and implement those in their own way.
Beyond the surgical experience the year spent in Alexandria was one of the best years for myself and my family. Spending time in the DC area was so much fun for my young family. The physician assistants, nurses and support staff all contribute to this amazing culture that make the Anderson Clinic a great place to spend a year of training.
I simply could not imagine a fellowship that would be better than the experience offered at the Anderson Clinic.
Blake Peterson, MD
St. Joseph, MO
Fellowship Class 2017-2018
My year at the Anderson Clinic was the best year of my training. I believe that this fellowship is arguably the best in the country for what it offers. The surgical volume is impressive providing a good mix of primaries and revisions and through graduated autonomy it allows you to learn the techniques and then implement them to prepare you for your future practice as a joint specialist.
The mix of experiences the fellows receive I think helps to separate this fellowship from others. You are exposed to multiple surgical environments to include inpatient and outpatient surgery at a hospital and a surgery center. The faculty perform uni-compartmental, bicompartmental, and total knees (XR, CR, CS/UC, PS) along with total hips with all approaches to include direct lateral and anterior, on and off the Hana table, while utilizing multiple different implant companies and techniques. This variety allows the fellows to decide for themselves based on experience what they want to adopt and gives them a superior foundation in arthroplasty having been exposed to all aspects prior to leaving.
The fellowship along with the surgical training does an excellent job of preparing you for your future practice. They balance the surgical experience with an amazing clinic experience to teach you how to run a clinic/practice and prepare you for the variety of clinical situations you will encounter in the future.
On top of the training, the people of the fellowship make it a great place to train. The faculty are easy to get along with and make it an enjoyable year but it really is all of the staff, from RNs and PAs to office manager and fellowship coordinator, that embrace you and support you through the fellowship process. There really is a family environment in the fellowship.
I highly recommend the Anderson Clinic fellowship to any future applicants.
Ryan Robertson, MD
Fellowship Class 2017-2018
The year I spent in fellowship at the Anderson Clinic was one of the best years of my life. I looked forward to coming into the hospital every day. Everyone I worked with was so friendly and enjoyable to be around. I really could not have asked for a better community of people to work with for a year. Everyone from the physicians to the support staff worked together with the goal of excellent patient care.
In terms of clinical and surgical experience, I also could not have asked for a better experience. Due to the efficiency of the OR, I was able to do a high volume of a wide variety of cases, as well as spend time in clinic and get involved with research. Every physician I worked with had a unique philosophy, surgical approach, and implant choice. This sounds like an exaggeration, but I cannot imagine how I could have had a better fellowship experience. I was involved in a large number of revisions, I learned minimally invasive surgery, gap balancing, measured resection, anterior approach on and off the table, posterior approach, and lateral approach. I became comfortable with a number of different implant systems from a variety of manufacturers.
Clinic was an exceptional learning experience and the research support was phenomenal. I would highly recommend this fellowship to anyone interested in adult reconstruction.
Nick Brown, MD
Fellowship Class 2016-2017
I cannot say enough positive things about my experience at Anderson Clinic. All of these testimonials are spot-on. In both the clinic and the operating room, I was able to work side-by-side with some of the country’s foremost experts and thought leaders in hip and knee replacement surgery. To be able to learn from all of their collective experience was incredible. The independent thought process and decision making that they all encouraged helped me to gain a great deal of confidence. The operative experience and diversity of cases is second to none. There was no other fellowship that I interviewed at that offered an equal exposure to both the anterior and posterior approach for hip replacement. Furthermore, the anterior hip was taught both using the specialized table and using a standard table. This experience combined with a large percentage of partial knees, total knees, and complex revisions helped prepare me to manage any issue I may encounter in practice. The weekly educational conferences were very valuable.
The addition of Dr. Craig McAsey to the fellowship was fantastic. Dr. McAsey is an extremely gifted surgeon and teacher. Fellows at this program will benefit for years to come because of his presence.
Aside from the faculty, the physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, techs, research staff, and office staff are world-class. Going to work every day was truly fun because of all of these wonderful people.
I will be forever grateful for my time at the Anderson Clinic as it was both my most educational and most enjoyable year of training to date.
Alex Tauchen, MD
Fellowship Class 2016-2017
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