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Spine Surgery Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The spine fellowship at the UC San Diego includes primary responsibilities at the UC San Diego Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). This is a high volume, comprehensive program treating various spinal disorders, including degenerative, traumatic, infectious, adult deformity and oncologic conditions.

Major open reconstructions, as well as computer-assisted minimally invasive surgeries, are key strengths of the program. Independent clinical responsibilities, both in the OR and on the wards/clinic, are attained in a graduated fashion. At the VAMC, the spine service is a multi-departmental program, where neurosurgery and orthopaedic spine surgery function as one team. The spine fellow manages this service, providing an opportunity for greater independence.

The fellows are expected to participate in research and resident education. Protected time for research is provided. Cases are presented and discussed weekly at the Friday spine conference. A full-time clinical research coordinator facilitates ongoing clinical trials. Our advanced spine surgical training center (SSEW) hosts regular labs (cadaveric and large animal) for specialized techniques.

Fellows must be board-qualified or board-certified and have a California Medical License and California Fluoroscopy License prior to commencement of the fellowship. 

  • Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
  • Stipend: Commensurate with level of training (PGY 5 or 6) / plus benefits
  • Location: UC San Diego Health

COVID-19 Mandate:

UC San Diego and San Diego County Health policies mandate that all healthcare workers be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have an exemption for medical or religious reasons (subject to review and approval).  In addition, UCSD's major affiliates have similar expectations.  Those health care workers who are out of compliance may not participate in direct patient care. 

Application Requirements

This fellowship participates in the SF Match program. Apply directly through the match source.

  • Deadline: Nov 5
  • Interview Dates: February/March 2024

Contact Information

Sandra Gutierrez
Program Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UC San Diego Medical Center
200 West Arbor Drive, Mail Code 8894
San Diego, CA 92103-8894
619-543-2540 (fax)

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.