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Our mission statement at Dalhousie Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine is three-fold. Our fellowship programs strive to: 

1. foster an environment of teaching and learning excellence that is built on innovation, collaboration, and respect; 2. create a hub of world-leading research and innovation, adding to the intellectual, social, and economic capital of our communities; and 3. facilitate opportunities for our students, staff, and faculty to serve and connect with our local, national, and global communities.

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Which fellowship is right for you?

Length: The Sports Medicine program in orthopaedic surgery offers a 1-year Research Fellowship.


  • Expectations include research planning and design, data collection and analysis, and manuscript preparation/ submission for peer-reviewed journals.

  • The fellow will be expected to work in collaboration with the current existing team of research assistants and statisticians.

  • Applicants must have research experience, proficiency in English writing and speech. 

Stipend: The stipend awarded for this fellowship program is $58,000/year.



Length: The Joint Preservation, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy offers a 1-year Clinical Fellowship.


  • Fellows will gain clinical experience in minimally-invasive joint preservation and reconstruction techniques in the shoulder, hip, knee, and small joints.

  • Fellows will be responsible for participating in active research, which will be tailored to the experience of each candidate. One day per week will be protected for these research activities.

  • Applicants proficient in English communication and writing will be favoured for this position.

Stipend: The stipend awarded for this fellowship program is $58,000/year.

How to Apply?

Applications: applications for prospective fellows need to be received by January of the year prior to the fellowship. Right now, the applications for the year of 2024/2025 are being accepted and therefore the deadline for applications is March 17 2023 for the fellowship starting July 1, 2024 and ending June 30, 2025.

A complete application includes: (1) a cover letter that states your intent for applying and why you would be a suitable fit; (2) an up to date curriculum vitae, and; (3) three references.

The necessary documentation listed above may be submitted via our online application form and any questions or concerns can be emailed to*Note: all documents must be uploaded in PDF Format. Those in alternate formats will not be considered for the fellowship. 

Electives are an available option while the applications are being processed. Electives are opportunities to come into the hospital and meet the Orthopaedic Surgeons and see what our clinic has to offer. Electives allow the applicants to become acquainted with their prospective supervisors and to demonstrate their advantageous qualities and knowledge. If you are interested or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Learn More?

Click here to learn more about the Dalhousie Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine fellowship program.


Trained Orthopaedic surgeons wanting a year of specialized training for arthroscopic reconstruction of shoulders, hips and knees.

Why Choose Our Clinical Research Degree Program?


The fellowship will be carried out at the QEII Health Sciences Centre with the following Orthopaedic Surgeons:

Dr. Ivan Wong, MD, FRCS(C), Dip. Sports Med, MACM, FAANA
Dr. Catherine Coady, MD, FRCS(C)

Dr. Nathan Urquhart, MD, FRCS(C)


This fellowship is an opportunity to advance research skills, present at national and international conferences as well as to attain numerous publications, with the aim to further the aspirants experience for preparation for a career in orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine in an academic center. You will be expected to expand your knowledge in the field of orthopaedic research, which we hope will inspire and help you to conduct future orthopaedics research of your own.


Dalhousie is a leading innovative, research-intensive university, inspiring our diverse scholarly community to serve Nova Scotia, our region, our nation, and the world. The fellow will be expected to manage six – ten research projects under one-on-one mentorship from orthopaedic faculty within the division of sports medicine at Dalhousie University. On-site research assistants will help you to complete your high impact studies and provide you with the necessary materials to further your knowledge of the field. It is expected that the fellow will participate in:

  • Basic science lectures

  • Department of Surgery Grand Rounds

  • Journal Club

  • Sports Medicine Rounds

  • Educational competitions (world series for arthroscopic skills)

  • Dalhousie University sports team coverage

  • Formalized peer teaching

  • Teaching medical students

  • Monthly divisional research meetings


Train and study at an ISAKOS Approved Teaching Centre


1. Rotator cuff repair

  • MRI vs CTA diagnosis

  • When to debride vs convert to complete tear (PASTA lesions)

  • Size of tear and treatment options

  • Repair techniques (open vs arthroscopic, single vs double row)

  • Understand grades of fatty infiltration and theory of mechanical vs vascular tears

  • Rotator cuff mobilization techniques

  • Understand tendon transfer and other advanced techniques (allograft) for irreparable tears

2. Labral repair

  • Identify on MRI

  • Arthroscopic vs open

  • Distinguish SLAP vs sub labral foramen vs Buford complex

3. Meniscus repair

  • Identify on MRI

  • Be able to identify arthroscopically and describe repair technique and perform under observation

4. Simple hip labral repair

  • Enter hip under fluoroscopy and place portals

  • Perform capsulotomy

  • Perform psoas tenotomy

  • Understand basics of scapular dyskinesis

Who Should Apply? 


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