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The Orthopaedic Value-Based Health Care Fellowship provides medical students with experience in four key areas: research; strategy and operations; value-based health care curriculum; and clinical training.


Core research duties include development of research protocols, management of Institutional Review Board applications, patient recruitment in the Musculoskeletal Institute’s Lower Extremity Integrated Practice Unit, data collection and dissemination through abstracts, presentations and manuscripts for multiple publications.

The fellow serves as the lead researcher in the Lower Extremity IPU (approximately two days per week), supervising undergraduate and medical student volunteers in patient recruitment and data collection.

Strategy and Operations

The fellow acquires invaluable insights into the strategic planning and clinical and operational needs of the organization through attending business and management meetings and by serving as the patient-reported outcome measure facilitator.

The fellow works with the administrative team to coordinate and serve as a primary contact and host for the quarterly Musculoskeletal Institute Immersion Program in Value-Based Health Care, which hosts up to two dozen visitors including a variety of leading stakeholders in orthopaedics and beyond from around the country. The program provides a comprehensive insight into the institute’s value-based musculoskeletal care delivery model over two half-days of presentations and interactive sessions and ample opportunity for networking and deep discussions.

Value-Based Health Care Curriculum

The fellow completes coursework related to value-based health care and achieves certification in executive education courses from the Value Institute for Health and Care.

Clinical Experience

The fellow gains exposure to clinical care of patients and surgical practices through shadowing Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care faculty in clinical activities (operating room, hospital and outpatient clinic). While the fellow is most integrated with the Musculoskeletal Institute team, opportunities exist for shadowing and research in other surgical specialties within the department based on the fellow’s interests.

Additionally, the fellow attends Grand Rounds and is able to participate in resident didactics. The fellow also has ample opportunities to interact with orthopaedic surgery residents as well as other residents and students in the department and throughout Dell Medical School.