Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Program

Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Facts and Goals

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Orthopedic Adult Reconstruction Fellowship is a built around a mentorship model. The fellowship is organized in rotations in which you cover a single provider in all phases of patient care including pre-operative workup, surgery, post-operative recovery and clinical follow up. The focus of the program is on primary and revision hip and knee arthroplasty but there is opportunity to pursue shoulder arthroplasty, hip, knee and shoulder arthroscopy and fracture work as well. Our goal is to train highly competent, technically skilled surgeons who are ready to take on complex reconstructive challenges from the moment they graduate.


  • ACGME accredited Adult Reconstruction Fellowship
  • One year, August 1st through July 31st
  • Sites include Springfield Memorial Hospital, HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Springfield Clinic, and Orthopedic Center of Illinois


  • By the end of your training here you will have been exposed to the breadth of adult reconstruction from primary THA/TKA to complex revision and reconstructive cases in the setting of infection, fracture, massive bone loss or tumor.
  • Your training at SIU will be hands on from the first day. This set SIU apart from many other programs. You will be given graduated responsibility until you are performing all parts of primary and revision THA/TKA.
  • You will feel comfortable teaching primary arthroplasty to junior residents and performing complex reconstruction by yourself before you leave.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my fellowship at SIU.  It was a well-balanced year with a huge volume of primary and revision surgery. It was also an excellent experience with anterior hip replacement and robotic surgery.  All of the attendings are great to work with and the hospitals and staff help support a well-run total joints program. Dr. Allan is a fantastic mentor who I still keep in touch and share difficult cases with."

Paul Danielski, MD
Chicago, IL

Curriculum and Responsibilities

  • Mentorship Model
  • Attend all clinics with the attending faculty with whom you are on service 
  • Attend all surgical cases with the attending faculty with whom you are on service 
  • Perioperative rounding and patient care
  • NO formal call responsibilities *Exception: Cover resident call beginning the night before OITE through the end of the exam
  • Organize papers for and attend monthly adult reconstruction journal club
  • Present one Grand Rounds lecture to Orthopedic residents on reconstruction topic of your choosing
  • Participate in resident education in clinical and OR setting
  • Limited research requirement

  • Primary TKA (200)
  • Revision TKA (100)
  • Primary THA (200)
  • Revision THA (100)
  • Knee Arthroscopy (50)
  • Hip Arthroscopy (25)
  • Tumor Cases (25)

  • Primary total knee arthroplasty with patient specific implant selection
  • Uni-compartmental knee arthroplasty
  • Robotic TKA/UKA
  • Primary total hip arthroplasty utilizing Direct Anterior, Modified Hardinge, Watson Jones and Posterior approaches
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Complex primary and revision arthroplasty of hip and knee
  • Hip and Knee arthroscopy
  • Outpatient total joint cases
  • Exposure to tumor cases
  • Opportunity to pursue fracture cases
  • Opportunity to pursue shoulder arthroplasty

  • One completed manuscript required for graduation
  • Resident and medical student support available
  • Clinical research support available from university

  • Funding for national meetings (AAHKS, AAOS)
  • Funding for additional training courses
  • Funding for books
  • On site parking provided
  • Meals available in both hospitals

"My experience with Dr. Allan at the SIU adult reconstruction fellowship is summed up in one word: Phenomenal.  The amount of cases that he has every week is great.  We would do 12-15 joints/revisions a week as well as 5-10 Outpatient Surgery Center cases.  The amount of complexity that I saw with him was unmatched.  We were the referral center for all of the local orthopods.  Because of this I had a fantastic operative experience with both primary joint replacements and complex revisions.  I came from a residency program where I had excellent training and wanted more advanced cases to refine my complex skills.  That is exactly what I got from Dr. Allan.  Not only is he an excellent surgeon he is also a fantastic person.  I call him regularly to get his advice with complex cases I have in my practice and we keep in touch with each other throughout the year.  He advocated for me throughout my fellowship in order to give me the best possible experience.  I definitely have a friend and colleague for life in Dr. Allan and he is without question one of the best orthopedic surgeons I have ever worked with."

Todd Peterson, DO
Des Moines, IA

Fellowship Conferences

Grand Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality, Interesting Case Conference

Monday Morning 0630-0730

Adult Reconstruction Journal Club

One Wednesday per Month 1830-2030

Resident Didactic Conference (optional)

Monday Morning 0730-0930

Resident Journal Club (optional)

One Wednesday per Month 1700-1800

Adult Reconstruction Fellowship Application Process & Requirements

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. All applications must be submitted through the San Francisco Match (SF Match)
  2. Completion of an ACGME or ACGME-I accredited Orthopedic Surgery Residency
  3. Board-Eligible or Board-Certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  4. USMLE or COMLEX Scores (Step 1, 2, and 3)
  5. ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
  6. Three (3) letters of recommendation other than the Medical Student Performance
  7. Evaluations (MSPE)/formally the Dean’s letter, and
  8. A personal statement


SIU and its affiliated hospitals do not, as a matter of policy or practice, sponsor residents/fellows for H visas or benefits. Please review the Office of Graduate Medical Education's Resident Eligibility and Employment Authorization Policy. Learn more about Visas here.

The interview process will be fully virtual. The interview day will begin with an orientation by the program director highlighting the SIU Orthopedic Adult Reconstruction Fellowship program. You will then individually meet with faculty members, our current fellow, and the Program Director. 

February 3, 2024

"Working with Dr. Allan was a true pleasure.  He is great to work with and your surgical skills will grow exponentially.  He has a large case volume with a steady number of complex revisions so you will get to see most of everything in arthroplasty.  During my year there I became proficient at both operating and handling a practice.  I also developed a true mentor and I still talk to Dr. Allan and text him to ask him advice if I have any complex cases that I may have questions on.  I would recommend this fellowship to anyone who really wants to learn how to operate and take on complex cases!"

Charles Lobrano, MD
Shreveport, LA

Contact Us

Kelly Cagle

Kelly Cagle – Program Coordinator | 217-545-6155 
SIU School of Medicine | Division of Orthopedic Surgery | PO Box 19638 | Springfield, IL 62794-9638