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Thank you for your interest in the Spine Surgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to us directly.

-Vincent Arlet, MD & Amrit Khalsa, MD

Program Description

The Spine Surgery Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania is a non-accredited program that offers a unique opportunity for training in both adult degenerative and deformity as well as pediatric spine surgery in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children. Fellows are exposed to a wide range of surgical techniques of varying complexity, from minimally invasive procedures to three-column osteotomies. Each year, two fellows are matched into the program and spend 50% of their training in the University of Pennsylvania Health System and 50% at Shriners Hospital for Children. In addition, fellows are encouraged to participate in research, either clinical or laboratory. 

Program Leadership


Vincent Arlet, MD 
Co-Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship


Amrit S. Khalsa, MD
Co-Director, Spine Surgery Fellowship

Penn Faculty

Shriners Faculty

Program Administration

Marialaina Scafidi
Director, Graduate Medical Education/Medical Affairs


Applicants must have completed an Orthopaedic or Neurological Surgery residency in an ACGME-accredited or RCPSC or CFPC-accredited residency program in Canada to be considered for the Spine Surgery Fellowship program at the University of Pennsylvania. Qualification is also dependent upon successful completion of USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3 as well as the ability to obtain licensure in the state of Pennsylvania and employment in the United States. IMGs interested in our program must be ECFMG certified and have a USMLE Step 3 score included in their application to be considered.

How to Apply

To apply to the Spine Surgery Fellowship program, register with the SF Match and submit your application to program #5115 "University of Pennsylvania Ortho Spine Fellowship" by November 30th. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the application deadline will not be considered. 

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