2024-2025 fellowship grant application period will open in January 2024

OMeGA Medical Grants Association (OMeGA) remains committed to nonconflicted support for orthopaedic graduate medical education (GME). However, the orthopaedic landscape has changed and OMeGA is adjusting our processes and timelines to continue to provide conflict-free and unbiased support across all orthopaedic subspecialties.

Changing the fellowship application timeline and process

The timing of donation commitments has never coincided with the fellowship program application and OMeGA's review schedules, due mostly to the difference between fiscal and academic years. While it was nerve-wracking, our trust in the system worked for 14 years. Unfortunately, the orthopaedic sports medicine subspecialty was unfunded for the 2023-2024 academic year despite OMeGA receiving many grant requests in this category.

Delaying the 2024-2025 academic year application period from September 2023 to January 2024

We are making this change to provide as much time as possible for donors to provide commitment in late 2023 and to prevent the inefficiency that occurred in sports medicine from happening again in the future.

Shortening the application to make the review process more efficient

To accommodate this delayed application period, we are trimming the application to make the application simpler to complete and quicker to review.

2023-2024 fellowship grant recipients announced

Grant recipients have been chosen and notified of grant award amounts. For the 2023-2024 academic year, OMeGA is proud to support 82 fellows across the United States who will help advance the future of the orthopaedic discipline.

Grants (up to $75,000) support clinical orthopaedic fellowship programs in the US and may be used for salary, benefits, and education expenses (with preapproval). Applications are scored individually and ranked in comparison to other subspecialty applicants. Awards are determined by available funding and the meritorious applications received for each academic year which varies by subspecialty.

OMeGA awards grants in eight orthopaedic subspecialty categories:

  • Adult reconstruction/Arthroplasty

  • Foot & ankle

  • Hand & upper extremity

  • Orthopaedic oncology

  • Pediatric orthopaedics (including pediatric spine)

  • Shoulder & elbow

  • Spine (orthopaedic and combined orthopaedic/neurosurgery)

  • Trauma

Grants are awarded based on objective criteria including:

  • Faculty qualifications and expertise

  • Fellowship match information

  • Method of formal evaluation of faculty, fellows and fellowship program

  • Fellow's academic productivity

  • Procedures performed by CPT code

  • Program's ability to promote innovation through projects and technology

  • Broad look at the program's diversity over the past three years

Note: A grant will not be offered to a program with past due reports from previously awarded OMeGA grants.

2023-2024 Fellowship grant recipients

2024-2025 fellowship grant cycle schedule

Application period opens: January 2024

Review period: March 2024

Grant notifications: April 2024

Public announcement: June 2024

Funds distributed: August 2024

Providing needed support for over 15 years

OMeGA Medical Grants Association was established in 2008 to provide non-conflicted support for orthopaedic graduate medical education (GME), the future of orthopaedics. OMeGA has awarded nearly 1,600 grants totaling more than $41.7 million through the 2023-2024 academic year, with the majority of support in the nine fellowship subspecialties.

Find subspecialty information and resources

Thank you to the orthopaedic associations and subspecialty societies that collaborate with OMeGA to support graduate medical education. Access individual subspecialty pages from the drop-down menu on the "Fellowship Grants and Subspecialty Pages" button to the left.

OMeGA's 24 society collaborators include:

American Association for Hand Surgery

American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

American Orthopaedic Association

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society 

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons

American Society for Surgery of the Hand

Arthroscopy Association of North America

Cervical Spine Research Society

Hip Society

J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society

Knee Society

Lumbar Spine Research Society 

Musculoskeletal Infection Society

Musculoskeletal Tumor Society

North American Spine Society

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Association

Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation

Orthopaedic Research Society

Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society

Scoliosis Research Society

Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons

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Email info@omegamedicalgrants.org with any questions.

Grants are available through the generous support of donors

Thank you to our donors that truly support the orthopaedic profession, funding multiple subspecialty categories.