Foot and Ankle Fellowship
Welcome Message From the Director
Welcome to the University of Connecticut Foot and Ankle Fellowship. We have developed a comprehensive foot and ankle training program to develop highly competent surgeons. By teaming with Hartford Hospital and the Bone and Joint Institute, fellows have the opportunity to participate in the care of complicated trauma patients. During their time at UConn Health, they will have access to world-class biomechanics, research, and bioskills facilities and exposure to an academic practice. At Orthopedic Associates of Hartford, fellows will be exposed to a private practice model and a state-of-the-art surgery center. We believe we can provide a complete education that includes all varieties of foot and ankle pathology in a diverse patient population. Furthermore, we have an outstanding foot and ankle fellowship-trained faculty committed to your education. Thank you for your interest in our program.
Lauren E. Geaney, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Program Director, Foot and Ankle Fellowship
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
Number of Fellows
August 1 through July 31
Fellows will have the opportunity to see patients in the office 1-2 days per week and will interact with patients both in an academic and private practice setting. They will evaluate and treat patients with a wide variety of pathology, including sports injuries, deformity, arthritis, complex traumas, and pediatric cases. The curriculum is designed to allow fellows longitudinal care of their patients from the initial evaluation through postoperative care.
Fellows will spend 2-3 days per week in the operating room at UConn Health, Hartford Hospital, the Bone and Joint Institute, and the Orthopedic Associates Surgery Center. They will be exposed to a wide range of surgeries, including pediatric surgery, acute and chronic trauma, reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive surgery, and arthroscopic surgery. Operating rooms at these centers are state-of-the-art with the most up-to-date technology. Fellows will be given graduated responsibility at a pace commensurate with their background, skill, and level of training.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery operates an onsite Bioskills Lab with a full complement of orthopaedic instruments, arthroscopy equipment, c-arm, simulators, and access to cadaveric specimens. At least 5 times per year, bioskills labs will be held with cadaveric specimens and implants focusing on specific procedures. In addition, the lab is available to trainees 24/7 with access to anatomical models and can evaluate new technology when needed.
Weekly conferences with the PGY-3 and PGY-4 also on the service will cover various foot and ankle related topics, including:
- Physical exam, imaging, orthotics/prosthetics
- Trauma: Lisfranc, ankle fractures, pilon fractures, etc.
- Deformity: cavus foot, progressive collapsing foot deformity, diabetic foot/Charcot
- Arthritis: ankle arthritis, midfoot arthritis
- Sports: ankle instability, Achilles tendinitis, Achilles ruptures, etc.
- Forefoot: hallux rigidus, hallux valgus, hammertoes
Fellows will also attend monthly M&M conferences, journal club, and UConn Orthopaedic Forum/Grand Rounds with invited speakers.
Fellows will have 3 days per month of protected time to perform clinical/laboratory research per their preference. They will be expected to complete at least one project during their fellowship year and will have opportunities to participate in biomechanics, clinical, and bench research during their training.
Our fellowship program participates in the SF Matching Program. For information on application requirements, deadlines, and interview dates, visit the SF Match website.
ACGME Program Number: 2620826001
Application Deadline: September 7, 2022
UConn Health is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (AA/EOE) and our Foot and Ankle Fellowship Program is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity training program. We encourage applicants from a wide diversity of backgrounds, ethnicity and we fully support applications from women and under-represented groups.
This program does not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, disability or national origin.