WellSpan Medical Education

Orthopaedic Trauma

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Thomas G. DiPasquale, DO, FACOS, FAOAO

Fellowship Program Director

Medical Director, Orthopedic Trauma Service

WellSpan York Hospital

1001 S. George St.
York, PA 17405
Phone:  717-812-5548
Contact:  Laurel Lewis-Markle, Fellowship Coordinator

Accredited by the Orthopedic Trauma Association, WellSpan York Hospital offers a 1 year intensive experience in Orthopaedic Trauma.  This advanced, post-residency training will prepare the successful candidate to take a leadership role with respect to the musculoskeletal trauma care and its integration with other specialties.

The scope of training and objectives of the fellowship are as follows:


  • Devoted to the care of the critically injured patient
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Adult trauma and fracture management
  • Subspecialty exposure to spine, hand and other trauma related surgery


  • The surgical as well as non-surgical management of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Algorithmic decision making with respect to timing and sequencing of multiple injury management.
  • Postoperative and outpatient care, including the directing of rehabilitation.
  • Understanding the prophylaxis and/or treatment of the complications and sequellae of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Injury management decision making, based on age and/or co-morbid medical problems, as seen either in the pediatric or the geriatric population.
  • Developing familiarity with and understanding the historical evolution of the methods available to treat musculoskeletal injuries.
  • The use of advanced technology and instrumentation.
  • Activities that foster the development of skills in teaching as well as laboratory and clinical research related to orthopaedic trauma.
  • Ethical, economic, and legal issues as they pertain to orthopaedic trauma care.

Education Curriculum
The program should provide an opportunity for fellows to learn in-depth the following aspects of orthopaedic trauma care:

  • The interdisciplinary relationship between various members of the trauma team including, but not limited to, trauma and critical care, anesthesia, neurosurgery, urology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
  • The clinical and radiological musculoskeletal evaluation of the injured patient.
  • The pathophysiology of the multiple injured patient in addition to the associated vascular, neurological, urological, respiratory, and metabolic disorders.
  • The surgical and non-surgical management of axial and appendicular musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Principles of management of soft tissue injuries.
  • The techniques for treating deep wound and bone infections, as well as segmental bone loss, non-unions, and malunions.
  • Principles of post-traumatic reconstructive surgery, including joint and ligament replacement, augmentation, osteotomy and fusion techniques.
  • Principles of biomechanics, biomaterials and bioengineering and how they relate to orthopaedic traumatology.
  • Biostatistics and experimental design.
  • Ethical and legal aspects of orthopaedic trauma care.
  • The use of outcomes studies.
  • The epidemiology, prevention, and mitigation of injury.
  • ATLS certification.
  • Completion of a research project with subsequent presentation to a group of peers


Graduate of an Allopathic or Osteopathic School or College of Medicine
Graduate of an ACGME or AOA accredited residency program (add foreign medical graduate info)
Eligible for or already have a Pennsylvania Medical license and a Medical Training License
Board eligible or certified in Orthopaedic Surgery


As an OTA Fellowship, all applications must be processed through the San Francisco Match (SF Match). Our program follows the OTA Codes of Conduct. The SF Match takes place in February of each year for the following year's academic year (i.e. February 2014 match will yield a fellow for academic year 2015-

For more information please see the SF Match Website:

2013-2014 Stipend Level:
1st year:         $69,265.32

Medical Education Allowance:

Additional information is available by emailing:
Thomas DiPasquale, DO
Director, Orthopedic Trauma Service, York Hospital

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