Mission Statement

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

Who Should Apply

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


ISAKOS Approved Teaching Centre

Why Choose Our Clinical Research Degree Program

Leading Faculty

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

Dr. Ivan Wong, MD, FRCS(C), Dipl. Sports Med, Master Academic Medicine
Dr. Catherine Coady, MD, FRCS(C)
Dr. Mark Glazebrook, MD, FRCS(C)
Dr. Andrew Trenholm, MD, FRCS(C)

A Career Path

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.

Mentored Research Experience

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 orthopedic 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

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives of this fellowship:
1. Rotator cuff repair
1. MRI vs CTA diagnosis
2. When to debride vs convert to complete tear (PASTA lesions)
3. Size of tear and treatment options
4. Repair techniques (open vs arthroscopic, single vs double row)
5. Understand grades of fatty infiltration and theory of mechanical vs vascular tears
6. Rotator cuff mobilization techniques
7. Understand tendon transfer and other advanced techniques (allograft) for irreparable tears
2. Labral repair
1. Identify on MRI
2. Arthroscopic vs open
3. Distinguish SLAP vs sub labral foramen vs Buford complex
3. Meniscus repair
1. Identify on MRI
2. Be able to identify arthroscopically and describe repair technique and perform under observation
4. Simple hip labral repair
1. Enter hip under fluoroscopy and place portals
2. Perform capsulotomy
3. Perform psoas tenotomy
5. Understand basics of scapular dyskinesis

Research Fellowship

The Sports Medicine program – orthopaedic surgery program offers a 1-year Research Fellowship.

The fellow is expected to submit and present abstracts at annual meetings and prepare manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications.  Other activities include research planning and design, data collection and analysis, and manuscript preparation and submission.  The fellow will be expected to work in collaboration with the current existing team of research assistants and statisticians.

All research is clinical and exposes the fellow to a wide variety of shoulder/hip/knee conditions and procedures – including but not limited to rotator cuff disease, arthroscopic latarjet, acetabular labral lesions and cartilage reconstruction procedures. The clinical responsibilities are limited to seeing research patients in the hospital as well as in the clinic.

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


Clinical Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the fellowship program of Joint Preservation, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. This fellowship is a one-year experience with combined exposure to clinical sports medicine and arthroscopy, coupled with a research component.

Fellows will be gain clinical experience in state-of-the-art minimal-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.

For the self-directed, motivated individual, this can be a very productive year.

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


Applications need to be received by January of the year prior to the fellowship. Right now, the applications for the year of 2021/2022 are being accepted and therefore the deadline for applications is January 2020 for the fellowship starting July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022.

A complete application includes: (1) a cover letter that states your reasons for applying and the benefits from your specific acceptance, (2) a curriculum vitae and (3) three references.

The fellowship application documents and any questions or concerns can be emailed to research@drivanwong.com. 

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.


Thank you again for your enthusiasm and we truly value your desire to work with our team!