DMC Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine PA Fellowship

Kaitlyn Hefferan PA-C

Program Director



David Patterson, M.D.

Medial Director



DMC Sports Medicine

28800 Ryan Rd #310

Warren, MI 48092

(586) 558-2870 Phone

(586) 558-6950 Fax




To provide the graduate Physician Assistant a unique and comprehensive educational curriculum to achieve advanced training in orthopaedic surgery, primary care sports medicine, and injury prevention.




The Physician Assistant fellowship program is a 12 month didactic and clinical training program that will compliment our current DMC fellowships in orthopedic surgery, primary care sports medicine, and orthopedic surgical residency. Those selected will work with our renowned multi-specialty orthopedic group, comprised of several orthopedic surgeons and primary care sports medicine physicians, as well as highly-trained physician assistants. PA Fellows will have access to DMC resources, including state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The DMC Sports Medicine group also provides care to 3 of the Detroit area’s professional sports team, adding another level of prestige to the program.


Program Goals and Objectives

  •  Excellent and appropriate patient care is priority- always.
  • Optimize efficiency in the management of patient injury in both the clinics and operating suites. Assist in the development of patient care ‘processes’ and ‘protocols’ that maximizes each patient’s timely recovery.
  • Work as a team with the other physicians, PAs, therapists, residents, fellows, nurses, medical assistants, radiologic and surgical techs, and all other ancillary staff—all play a role and all are important to the eventual outcome of the patient.
  • Upon completion have an in-depth understanding of multiple subspecialties within orthopedics, demonstrate highly effective physical exam skills, critical thinking, decision making, and operative techniques including first assist
  • Retain highly qualified and educated PAs who wish to continue enhancing their skills and education



Our program will consist of a 12 month integrated didactic and clinical curriculum. Our didactics will be based around our current orthopedic surgical residents, primary care, and sports medicine fellows. Our clinical rotations will be grouped into 4 week modules based on subspecialty. The fellows will participate in outpatient clinics, inpatient rounding, first-assist in the operating room, exposure to radiology, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and sports rehabilitation. Experiences include but not limited to sports medicine, arthroplasty, trauma, hand, and pediatrics. An in-depth orientation and computer/ EMR training will occur during the first clinical rotation.


University and Institutional Affiliations

Detroit Medical Center

Wayne State University



 We will be accepting 2 PA fellows per year. Our program will begin on July 1st of each year. Admission will be on a rolling basis. Interviews will take place in April of starting year. An interview will be awarded based on evaluation of the applicants CV, educational transcripts, personal statements, and letters of recommendation. PA fellows who are accepted must apply for a Michigan License. All applications can be emailed or mailed to the address listed below.


  • Graduate from a ARC-PA accredited physician assistant program
  • NCCPA certified (may apply and interview if eligible)
  • Transcripts from physician assistant program
  • 2 letters of recommendation (one from a surgical preceptor if possible)
  • Current CV
  • Personal statement



Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be award a certificate of completion. CME as approved by the AMA and Wayne State University will be awarded following participation at the Visiting Lectures and Sports Medicine Symposium.

 Financial Information

 Compensation $50,000

PA fellows accepted into the program will be hired as full-time employees of the DMC. They will be eligible for full medical and dental coverage, time-off, and other full-time employee benefits.

Housing arranged by individual fellows