Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Program Director: Dr. Dan Murawski, MD

Our Mission

To educate orthopaedic surgeons on the medical and musculoskeletal problems unique to athletes at all levels of participation and to graduate physicians who will become advancers in the specialty of orthopaedic sports medicine while providing the highest quality and safest patient care possible

Duration: 12 months

Positions: 1

  • Prepare fellows for competency in a wide variety of procedures for sports medicine
  • Provide opportunities in comprehensive sports coverage and care for elite athletes
  • Fellows are proficient in all six ACGME core competencies.
  • Fellows are confident in decision-making and surgical skills, including establishing treatment algorithms and performing necessary surgical interventions.
  • Fellows learn to balance high volume clinical/surgical experiences, team coverage, and various research/educational opportunities.
  • Fellows become life-long learners and continue to advance medicine through research, publications, and teaching.

  • Perform foot & ankle specific history taking, examinations, interpret diagnostic studies, and evaluation of injuries
  • Provide preoperative and non-operative evaluations and diagnoses
  • Discuss differential diagnoses
  • Prepare preoperative plans and write appropriate orders
  • Prescribe and oversee rehabilitation protocols
  • Document treatment through operative and clinical notes (dictation)
  • Assist in surgery on Foot & Ankle procedures both open and arthroscopic
  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other ancillary staff regarding patient
  • Complete standard office, coding and charge forms
  • Participate in clinical conferences, seminars, surgical skills labs, and journal clubs
  • Attend and lecture at Andrews Research & Education Foundation Fellowship Conference

  • Advanced arthroscopic and endoscopic technique of the ankle and foot
  • Total ankle arthroplasty, arthrodesis, and other treatments of ankle and foot degenerative joint problems
  • Minimally invasive and open fracture reduction and fixation techniques
  • Deformity correction
  • Current approaches for diabetic limb salvage, including Charcot reconstruction and amputation techniques
  • Limb salvage include the use of hybrid, circular and spatial frame constructs for deformity correction

  • Weekly didactic conferences
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Quarterly Grand Rounds
  • Professional Development lectures
  • At least one research project, including manuscript submission
  • High school team physician responsibilities
  • Collegiate team physician responsibilities
  • Saturday morning injury clinics
  • Andrews Institute annual pre-participation physical
  • Physicals for college and high school teams
  • Cadaver lab opportunities

  • Salary: $50,000 annually
  • Benefits include medical, dental, and health insurance options (effective date is first day of fellowship).
    • Options for additional coverages (disability, hospitalization, life) and/or dependent coverage is available. Benefits available can be found here.
  • Professional liability insurance is provided at no cost to the fellow.
  • Parental time, sick time, and leaves of absences are permitted as required by ACGME and Federal Law.
  • No preset of paid time off or vacation – the program allows for doctor’s appointments, bereavement, Jury Duty, mental health appointments.
  • Graduate Medical Education Policies outline specific allowances and expectations
  • Sample contracts can be found here.

Please submit your application for the AREF Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgery Fellowship through the SF Match Program.

The SF Match requires the following documents:

  • Completed and signed Central Application Service (CAS) application forms
  • CAS distribution list and payment
  • USMLE scores
  • Four (3) letters of reference
  • Updated CV (please see SF Match format)

Please direct inquiries to: Ashley Mixson, Fellowship Manager at Ashley.Mixson@andrewsref.org

“One of the most rewarding things about being a fellow at AREF is the time I got to spend as the team physician for a high school football team. That was my team. Those were my guys. I called the shots. I was there for all the games, kept in contact throughout the week, and provided any necessary care. Andrews really impacts the community in that we cover a large area of four counties by supplying team physicians and athletic trainers. The care we provide these teams is invaluable in terms of keeping the players healthy and able to perform at the highest level possible.”

Domenic Esposito, MD
2018-2019 Foot & Ankle Fellow

Faculty

Dr. Dan Murawski

Dr. Dan Murawski is the Foot & Ankle Program Director and came to Andrews Institute in 2013 as a Foot & Ankle specialist. His training includes Foot & Ankle surgery from Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, a residency at Atlanta Medical Center in Georgia, and his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Dr. Murawski serves as a member to several medical and specialty societies, including the AAOS, AOFAS, FOS, and FMA. He continues his dedication to education through ongoing research studies. With over 14 years of foot & ankle experience, Dr. Murawski brings a wealth of information and knowledge to the fellowship program.

Dr. Sonya Ahmed

Dr. Sonya Ahmed is a fellowship-trained Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon who completed medical school at the University of Missouri Kansas City, residency at the University of Texas in Galveston, and fellowship at Andrews Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL. She currently is a Co-Director with Nilssen Orthopedics at Andrews Institute and an integral part of the Foot & Ankle fellowship program. Dr. Ahmed has served many academic roles and shares a passion for training and teaching. She serves as a Regional Medical provider for the U.S. Olympics Committee, continues to publish, and serves as the Principal Investigator for several research studies. She also has extensive experience with sports team coverage like with the San Diego Chargers, UCSD Athletics, San Diego Padres, and more.

Dr. Erik Nilssen

Dr. Erik Nilssen is the founder and guiding force behind the Nilssen Foot & Ankle Center. He devotes his passion for service to building the most premier center in the world and dedicating his time as a faculty member of the Foot & Ankle fellowship program. Dr. Nilssen graduated from medical school from the University of South Florida, residency from McGill University and is dual fellowship trained in both Sports Medicine and Foot & Ankle at the Andrews Sports Medicine Institute under Dr. James R. Andrews. Dr. Nilssen serves as the Medical Director of Under Armour, the National Volleyball League, Multisport Performance Institute, and Athletes’ Performance Gulf Breeze. He also serves as a Team Physician for intercollegiate sports at Auburn University and as an Orthopaedic Consultant for athletic teams of University of West Florida and Pensacola State College.

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