The Fellowship is directly trained in a true apprenticeship model by Dr. Omer Mei-Dan, and spans either six or twelve months depending on prior experience and anticipated future practice.
Clinical evaluations are well structured, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to the differential diagnosis of hip pain in young and active patients. Dr. Mei-Dan takes time to explain the nuances of the comprehensive hip exam, subtle radiographic findings, and provides clear rationale for surgical decision making. I had ample autonomy to refine my own physical examination skills in arriving at the diagnosis.
In the OR, Dr. Mei-Dan is methodical and provides a graduated exposure to surgical procedures. His fellowship is unique in its inclusion of both open and arthroscopic procedures about the hip and pelvis. He is at the cutting edge of treatment for hip impingement and instability and provides clear rationale for his decision making process.
With the volume and breadth of cases I performed during my fellowship, I feel confident undertaking both arthroscopic and open procedures, including periacetabular ostetotomy (PAO).
From a research perspective, Dr. Mei-Dan is an engaging thinker and creates an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity, fueling publications. During my time with Dr. Mei- Dan I authored or co-authored eight publications in prestigious journals. Additionally, I presented research findings at the International Society of Hip Arthroscopy in Cambridge, UK – further enhancing my career development.
Overall, I would rate my experience as outstanding. Dr. Mei-Dan’s Hip Preservation Fellowship is truly exceptional as there is no other experience like it in the world.
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Mei-Dan, and the friendship we developed will serve me for years to come.”
Tigran Garabekyan, M.D.
Founder and Director, Southern California Hip Institute