Spine Ortho Clinic
Spine Ortho Clinic
Supervisor: John Choi
Our clinic hosts international and local spine surgeons
for clinical and research fellowship as well as short term observerships.
Our spinal fellowship program is accredited by the Australia Institute of Musculo-Skeletal Research (AIMS) and is available for durations of 6 and 12 months.
Our fellow gains clinical care experience by working closely with our surgeon on a daily basis in theatre and out-patient clinics as well as teaching ward rounds. We provide a mentoring structure that results in our fellows being able to work as independent spine surgeons upon completion of our program.
A typical week would include 5-6 sessions in the operating room,
3-4 sessions of outpatient clinics and 1 session dedicated to research.
Surgical Case Load
Annual Case Log -> 350 Spinal Operations
Cervical Degenerative: 25%
Lumbar Degenerative/Deformity: 45%
Trauma & Tumour: 10%
Adolescent Scoliosis: 10%
Hip & Knee Arthroplasty: 10%
(Optional for Neurosurgeons)
Fellows will experience a wide breadth of spinal surgery repertoire including OLIF, SIJ fusions, MIS fusions as well as lumbar and cervical disc replacements. Also they will be exposed to state of the art Advanced Surgical Technology such as O-Arm 2, Mazor Robotic Guidance Surgery as well as in novel biologic materials.
Spine Ortho Clinic, Mornington
The Bays Hospital, Mornington
The Avenue Hospital, Windsor
St John Of God Hospital, Berwick
Peninsula Private Hospital, Langwarrin
There is a strong emphasis on evidence-based practice and research. Fellows are expected to complete set research requirements and will be funded to travel to a conference to present their papers. It is expected that fellows complete a minimum of two projects during their 6 months period. Research fund of AUD$ 10,000 P.A. available.
Clinical Fellowship Stipend (as of 2018) AUD$ 60,000 P.A.
(Opportunity exists for further earnings through surgical assisting in private at a percentage for applicable fellows)
Specialty board certification in Orthopaedic Surgery.
Registrable with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Certificate of good standing.
Three references – Previous Supervising Surgeons.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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