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Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine Fellowship

Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine Fellowship

Program Summary

Virginia Mason Sports Medicine offers a one-year advanced fellowship opportunity in foot and ankle surgery. Dually recognized by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, the fellowship provides one year of hands-on, direct patient care subspecialty education and training across a broad spectrum of foot and ankle pathology.

Under the leadership and supervision of Fellowship Director Eric Heit, DPM, FACFAS, the fellow performs a minimum of 300 surgical cases and participates in ongoing clinical care and scholarly research over the course of the fellowship year.


Fellow must have completed a CPME-accredited residency in foot and ankle surgery with eligibility for unrestricted Washington state licensure. Candidates must complete ACFAS Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine Fellowship application, including:

  • Membership with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS)
  • Signed and completed application
  • Copy of medical school transcript
  • Copy of diploma as verification of medical school graduation
  • Letter of good standing from director/hospital of candidate’s CPME-accredited residency program
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Current professional photo
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including two (2) letters of reference from attending physicians familiar with the applicant’s performance and one (1) letter from the applicant’s residency program director.

We cannot consider applicants with J1 visa status.


The primary goal of the Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine Fellowship is to give the fellow the clinical and surgical skills to excel in a podiatry career and serve as an ambassador for him/herself, the profession and Virginia Mason. Specifically, the fellowship curriculum aims to teach requisite cognitive and technical aspects of surgical podiatry, including:

  • Understanding relevant processes, their presentation and management
  • Analysis and interpretation of radiographic data
  • Understanding the indications and contraindications for procedures
  • Pre- and post-procedure care of the patient
  • Recognition and management of complications
  • Appropriate documentation and reporting
  • Appropriate communication with the patient and the multidisciplinary team
  • Research, presentation and publication in the field

How to Apply

To apply, see full details at ACFAS Foot and Ankle Sports Medicine Fellowship Application page and submit the application with all required materials. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 30 of the year prior to the fellowship training.

If you have questions, please contact Mindy Vu.