Orthopedic Fellowship Program

Ortho Florida Reconstruction Fellowship


This is the inaugural year the Institute for Mobility and Longevity is collaborating with Gardner Orthopedics for the Ortho Florida Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Program. This fellowship is located in Fort Myers, Florida which would be one year in duration and encompass both clinical experience as well as research with presentation and/or publication opportunities. The program is associated with an established private extensive experience in revision arthroplasty, augmented and custom triflange acetabular reconstruction, extensile exposures, and direct anterior revision hip arthroplasty.  The principle overseeing surgeons are fellowship trained with almost 200 years of combined clinical experience.

Candidates must be board-eligible or certified and in good standing with all regulatory agencies.  The position is salaried with light call responsibilities and includes malpractice coverage. The candidate needs to submit 3 professional letters of recommendation.

Southwest Florida has mild winters with many year-round outdoor activities, an excellent airport, affordable cost of living, low crime, and excellent schools and a great area to raise a family.


Clinical Faculty:

Andrew Hodge, MD (Program Director)

Madhish Patel, DO

Ronald Gardner, MD


Fellows Research:

Research is an integral part of the Adult Reconstruction Fellowship. Each fellow is anticipated to participate in at least one publication quality research project. Fellows may also do additional projects either independently or with an attending sponsor. Fellows have full support and access to multicenter research, statistical analysts, state-of-the-art biomechanical research lab, and potential to participate in product development. We have research coordinators to assist you along the way.


Fellows Educational Opportunities

The fellows have multiple educational opportunities throughout the year for education. Below are listed a few of the educational event for the fellows that occur during the fellowship year:

Adult Reconstruction Fellows Courses (IEP, Vail Arthroplasty course, etc…)

Adult Recon Journal Club (occur every month)

Weekly didactics on arthroplasty

Visit to Dr. Russell Nevins in Las Vegas, Nevada

Cadaver Lab

Educational Meetings:

  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • International Congress of Joint Replacement
  • Industry Plant Tours?


Fellow’s Clinic:

Fellows will have clinical duties as part of their curriculum. This will include new patient evaluations as well as Fellow (call-case) post-operative visits scheduled during this clinic.


Call and Hospital Coverage:

Fellows will be required to take “Level 3” call and an option to take “Level 2” call as well working with Trauma trained surgeons. The Fellow is compensated for call duties. In addition, each Fellow is considered a Junior Faculty member and can book and bill for cases performed while on-call. Fellows on call will be supervised by the attending for whom they are taking call for.

The fellow is responsible for assisting with rounds for the service in which he/she is rotating. In addition, every attending surgeon has a physician assistant (PA) that will help with rounding responsibilities when needed.  The fellow will round on all adult reconstruction inpatients.



Our application requirements are the same as the standard SF application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Step I Transcript & Score > 220 is suggested with one (1) attempt/ COMLEX Level equivalent
  • USMLE Step 2 Transcript & Score >220 is suggested with one (1) attempt / COMLEX Level 2 equivalent
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (Including residency program director if applicable)


Program Administrative Assistant:

Kelly Drovie

Fellowship Coordinator

Email: Kelly@institute-mobility-longevity.org

Phone:  239-333-2413