Knee Arthroscopy
ACL Reconstruction
Cartilage Repair
Knee replacement
Rapid Recovery

SKS Joint Reconstruction Fellowship Program

Position Details

Position Title: Sydney Knee Specialists Joint Reconstruction Fellowship

Reports To: Dr Samuel J MacDessi MBBS (Hons) FRACS (Orth), FAOA

Division: Sydney Knee Specialists, St. George Private Hospital, Sydney, Australia

Stipend: $70,000-$80,000 p.a.

Address: Suite 8, 19 Kensington Street, Kogarah, NSW, 2217, Australia

Phone: +61 28307 0333

Main Purpose of Position

The aim of the Fellowship is to provide subspecialty training in the field of reconstructive knee surgery, focusing on both sports medicine cases and knee arthroplasty. The major aim is to ensure at the time of the Fellowship, it is expected the trainee will be proficient in undertaking routine knee reconstructive surgical cases as well as understanding the complexities of advanced knee reconstruction cases. The secondary aim is to pursue several research projects with the aim of both publication and presentation at major national and international meetings.

Position Requirements


MBBS or MD equivalent along with FRACS equivalent. The Fellow must be a currently registered orthopaedic surgeon at the time of their Fellowship. A demonstrated competency in the English language is essential, in order to perform the above duties.

In addition, the Fellow must have demonstrated a commitment to orthopaedics and research and prior research is highly desirable.


The Fellow will have exposure to a full gamut of knee surgical cases both in the field of sports medicine and arthroplasty. This will include arthroscopy surgery, ligament reconstruction, cartilage repair techniques and osteotomy surgery. I n addition, the Fellow will be exposed to both primary unicompartmental total knee arthroplasty as well as revision joint replacement. The Fellow will be under the supervision of all Sydney Knee Specialists Surgeons, Dr Samuel MacDessi, Dr Darren Chen and Dr Bradley Seeto, with Dr Samuel MacDessi acting as Fellowship supervisor. Most of the surgical exposure and training will occur at St George Private Hospital where you will be an active, participating assistance. Once a week you will also attend a public hospital operating list where you will gain more exposure to operating as the primary surgeon as your competencies increase. There is no on – call commitment, however you are expected to undertake a daily ward round on patients at St George Private Hospital under the SKS team.

The Fellow will gain exposure to assessment of patients with knee surgical problems that require both surgical management and non – surgical treatment. This will take place in a supervised environment to optimise the potential for learning. The Fellow will also attend regular clinical and radiology meetings as well as peer review meetings where complex cases will be discussed.

The Fellow is required to have basic life support skills. As they are under the supervision of the Sydney Knee Specialist surgeons at all times, advanced skills are not required.

Research and Teaching

At the end of the Fellowship term, it is expected the Fellow has completed at least one major research project as well as several minor research projects. It is expected the major project will be of a standard suitable for publication in a peer review journal. The Fellow is expected to assist with teaching of undergraduate and orthopaedic trainees at certain times. This will involve regular educational meetings, courses and grand rounds.


At the commencement of the Fellowship term, the Fellow will meet with the supervisor, Dr Samuel MacDessi and at that stage be briefed on the program for the next six months. The Fellow will be orientated to the work environment as well as the hospital facilities.


The Fellow will be under the primary supervision of Dr Samuel MacDessi at all times and is not expected to supervise any other staff.

Other Responsibilities

In order to undertake the Fellowship, the IMG must meet the IELTS English criteria, must show a primary source of verification of their qualifications through EICS and must be covered by professional indemnity insurance.

The IMG is expected to comply with the supervision requirements as set out by the AHPRA (Medical Board of Australia).

Local Background and Environment

Sydney Knee Specialists is a private knee surgical practice focusing on delivering excellence in both the surgical and non – surgical management of knee disorders. It has three primary practitioners, Dr Samuel MacDessi, Dr Darren Chen and Dr Bradley Seeto, with clinics at Kogarah, Edgecliff and Miranda, three suburbs in the southern part of Sydney.

Sydney Knee Specialists perform surgery at several locations however the main surgical site for training will be through St. George Private Hospital at Kogarah. It is expected the Fellow will reside near this facility and the Kogarah clinic.

St. George Private Hospital is one of the largest private hospitals in Sydney and owned by Ramsay Healthcare, Australia’s leading private hospital operator. It has both acute medical and surgical services, comprehensive diagnostic facilities and medical consulting suites on site. Kogarah is a very large medical precinct and St. George Private and Public Hospitals are linked to the University of New South Wales. It is approximately 20 minutes south of the central business district of Sydney and connected to public transport including trains, allowing access to all areas of Sydney.

The Fellow may take part in the formal after – hours roster if suitably qualified and maybe involved with supervised postoperative checks on weekends.

Key Internal and External Relationships

The fellow will be supervised by Dr Samuel MacDessi at all times, however, will also be under the guidance and training of Dr Darren Chen and Dr Bradley Seeto. They are expected to interact with various administration staff at Sydney Knee Specialists. Within the hospital environment, the Fellow will be required to work with the Radiology Department to order and review x-rays, as well as the nursing staff and anaesthetists during surgery. Postoperatively they will also work with the Physiotherapy Department to monitor the patient’s postoperative recovery.

Supervision Arrangements Available for The International Medical Graduate

Location & Distance from IMG Direct Supervision (hours including face to face) Indirect Supervision (hours including face to face) Oversight
St George Private Hospital 16 hours per week surgical Nill
Canterbury Public Hospital 4 hours per week Nill
St Lukes Private Hospital 12 hours per month surgical Nill

Challenges/Problem Solving

The fellow will be expected to balance the clinical responsibilities with participation in a research program.

They will be expected to prepare a scientific paper, which would be able to be submitted for publishing to a peer review orthopaedic journal. As times constraints can sometimes limit the appropriate commencement of a trial especially with regards to obtaining ethics approval, some research projects may continue onto the next Fellow who continues the program and the research project.

Decision Making

The Fellow is expected to attend consultations as an observer and assistant. However, all aspects of decision making with respect to a treatment plan will be made by the supervising surgeon. This will include the decision to refer patients for tests, and surgical or non-surgical treatment.

Performance Monitoring

The Fellow will have second monthly appraisals by the Fellowship supervisor. The Fellow will be expected to enhance their training by attending relevant meetings, journal clubs, lectures and tutorials at various times at the practice and associated hospitals. It is also expected they will undertake a self-directed approach to learning, stemming off surgical experiences during their time at Sydney Knee Specialists. This will enhance their continuing medical education and professional development as covered by the supervision arrangements as stipulated by AHPRA. The Fellow is responsible for maintaining their professional competence.

The reports on the Fellow’s performance will be supplied by the primary supervisor, Dr Samuel MacDessi.

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Contact Details for Enquiries About The Position

Name: Ms Jil Wood, Clinical Research Manager

Phone: +612 8307 0333

Fax: +612 8307 0334

Email: [javascript protected email address]

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