Southern Oregon Orthopedics


Patrick J. Denard, M.D..
Fellowship Director

Southern Oregon Orthopedics, Inc.

2780 E. Barnett Rd.
Medford, Oregon 97504

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Duration: 1 year, August 1 to July 31st

Number of Fellows: 1 per year

Fellowship Description: The Oregon Shoulder Fellowship provides exposure to a high-volume, private-practice in shoulder and elbow. The fellow will participate in over 500 cases per year, primarily focusing on the shoulder. The exposure includes advanced shoulder arthroscopy techniques including in-depth exposure to massive rotator cuff tears. Approximately 125 total shoulder arthroplasties are performed per year as well as approximately 50 fracture cases (proximal humerus, clavicle fractures, humeral shaft fractures, etc.). Additionally, the fellow will gain exposure to elbow trauma including fractures and instability.

Clinical outcomes are collected in an electronic database and several research projects are ongoing both within Southern Oregon Orthopedics and as part of multi-centered studies with national and international sites. The fellow will be expected to participate in clinical research and complete at least 2 research projects during the academic year. In order to meet this goal a full research day free from clinical time is provided each week.

There are 2 days of clinic and 2.5 surgical days per week. Clinic includes exposure to ultrasound for assessment of the rotator cuff and injection techniques. Call is 3-4 days per month. The fellow will also gain experience in practice management. Over the year the fellow will progress in independence with the goal of acquiring the clinical and operative skills necessary to practice as a shoulder specialist.