The Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute Fellowships are accredited by the Australian Orthopaedic Association.


Educational goals and characteristics

The Fellowship will provide a broad experience covering all areas of knee surgery, with a balance between clinical work and research. There will be extensive exposure to all areas of knee surgery including arthroplasty, arthroscopy and sports reconstructive surgery, and trauma, including major ligamentous disruptions and periarticular fractures.

Fellows will be occupied in perioperative patient care, assisting with and performing supervised surgery, and pursuing research projects. Fellows will be actively involved in regular clinical and scientific meetings, and will be expected to produce at least one research project suitable for presentation at an international meeting and subsequent publication. Fellows will also be involved in teaching of junior medical staff and other health professionals.

The Fellowship is based on the north shore of Sydney, at three hospitals. Royal North Shore Hospital is the major hospital in the northern area of Sydney and is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Sydney. It is situated 10 minutes drive from the city centre, and is a level 1 trauma centre which also performs a substantial amount of elective surgery. A large volume of tertiary referrals provides a good experience in complex knee trauma and post-traumatic reconstructive surgery. The orthopaedic department also includes subspecialists in hip arthroplasty, spinal surgery, upper limb, foot and ankle, and trauma surgery.

A new skills centre facility has been recently built for the purposes of hands-on surgical training, and Fellows will be actively involved in courses on knee surgery techniques. North Shore Private Hospital is on the same campus as Royal North Shore Hospital and has a large volume of elective arthroscopic and arthroplasty surgery. Patients are seen in the outpatient clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital and at The Knee Institute Clinic at St Leonards. Research data collection is based also in St Leonards.


Fellowship Requirements

  • Detailed, current curriculum vitae, outlining training, qualifications and experience
  • An outline of the proposed course of postgraduate study and the candidate's intended career plan following completion of the hospital's program in Australia
  • Information on any previous training undertaken in Australia, New Zealand or outside the applicant's home country
  • Three written references:
    • The appropriate referees are senior colleagues who have worked with the applicant within the last two years
    • Referees are requested to report on the trainee's current professional standard and capability and to consider the appropriateness and usefulness of the proposed program to the trainee's home country.
  • A prerequisite of a clinical fellowship in Australia as set by the Medical Board, is the completion and successful passing of your International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (minimum score of 7) or Occupational English Test for Healthcare Professional (OET) (minimum score of 350).
  • Applicants with a minimum ILETS score of 7 or a minimum OET score of 350 will be highly preferred to be short listed and considered for an interview.


Current and Past Fellows

SORI has had the great pleasure of hosting fellows from all over the world.  Please click below to see a list of our current and past fellows.

How to Apply

If you wish to apply for a Fellowship at SORI, please complete the appropriate form below. Due to the high demand for Fellowships, applicants are advised to apply at least 18 months in advance.