Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship

Our fellowship provides broad clinical training and research opportunities within a wide spectrum of upper extremity surgery, including several areas which are traditionally difficult to receive training in such as complex shoulder surgery. Clinical settings are as diverse as the clinical exposure; including time spent at a high-volume tertiary care academic center.

The fellow will be provided with an extensive clinical, surgical and academic experience related to the care and treatment of all aspects of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. This includes advanced arthroscopic techniques for the management of all soft-tissue and traumatic injuries of the shoulder and elbow, as well as open reconstructive surgeries for arthritis, trauma, as well as soft tissue and bone deficiency. 

The fellow can anticipate an experience that includes more than 500 shoulder and elbow cases, extensive office evaluation of complex shoulder and elbow problems, and complimentary translational and basic science research projects during the fellowship year. Due to the support staff and activities of the faculty, the fellow can also expect participation and completion in no less than 6 exciting research projects per year. 

The staff are also involved in an accredited Sports Medicine fellowship.  There are 4 sports fellows, but 7 staff physicians who are often “uncovered” in their clinical and surgical endeavors. The shoulder/elbow fellow will be able to participate in our care and treatment of athletes at all levels of competition, including the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and DePaul University. In addition to the athletic component, the fellow can expect an extensive experience managing arthritic conditions of the shoulder and elbow with more than 200 shoulder arthroplasties per year among the faculty.

Candidates must be eligible for employment in the USA and eligible for a medical license prior to training.  International fellow applicants who meet these criteria will also be strongly considered.  Interviews will be conducted in October.  Positions will be offered in mid-December according to the ASES match process.

To Apply

The Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center is participating in the SFmatch Residency and Fellowship match services with American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) electronic application platform.  We will not accept any applications through the mail. To apply, please click here.

The deadline for 2020 applications is to be determined.

Thank you for your interest in the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Shoulder and Elbow fellowship.


For further information or questions, please contact:

Rush University Medical Center Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Attn: Vanessa Marquez, Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship Program
1611 West Harrison, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312.432.2464
E-mail: vanessa.marquez@rushortho.com