Information for residents looking to be a fellow

American Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research is an ACFAS Recognized Fellowship since June 2011.


AFLESR is committed to cultivating a surgeon who has the most advanced training and will succeed and be at the top of their field.


There is a strong emphasis in transitioning into a multispecialty or Orthopaedics group following fellowship training. Expertise in clinical and surgical care is learned in all aspects available through the thriving practices involved. This is a progressive approach in which learning the business of medicine is also fostered and developed.


Research is strongly encouraged and a publishable paper is required for fellowship graduation.


Attendance at the ACFAS annual seminar is required and fully paid for. Organization of State and National Scientific meetings, posters and lectures may be required based on the program’s involvement.


The environment at AFLESR is one in which the fellow will have all access to foot, ankle and leg surgery including arthroscopy, trauma, and reconstruction in the largest Orthopaedics group in Southern New Mexico. We take all foot and leg calls from the tibial tuber to the toes. There is ample availability of TAR, Ex-fix, Charcot and Peds as is desired by the fellow and other specialty surgery, which is fellow dependent.


AFLESR is based out of Alamogordo, a small town in Southern New Mexico.  Other clinics and cases may be done in surrounding clinics, asc and hospitals in Ruidoso and Las Cruces.


What would the fellow’s duties be in the clinic and OR?

Clinic– Fellows usually have the most challenging patients. They are eased in with 14-18 patients a day then work into a full clinic in which the patients will be under the fellow’s care with our guidance as needed.

OR– Fellows will have to review all the cases for the week. There is an x-ray conference to discuss all upcoming patients, cases, coding, implants and options for surgeries performed that week. Fellows actively participate in procedures under Dr. Anderson and Dr. Spencer. As the fellow grows more confident in the procedures and their skills, they will be given more independence to perform.


Does the fellow take call? If so, how often? What does the call entail?

Yes, 10 days a month mandated, usually more. Call is mainly at Alamogordo and there may be typical office calls on occasion. We have hospital service also and we are the primary service for most trauma and any bigger reconstructions that gets admitted. If you have a situation that takes place, such as a dinner meeting, need to run out of town, conference, etc., we can always accommodate and cover the call for you.


What is the expected surgical case load?

20-35 Cases per week

Previous fellows averaged about 1200 – 1500 cases and more than 3000 procedures.


If this sounds like this fits you please have the application and visit completed before November 1st preceding the summer the fellowship starts.
The application consists of the ACFAS Standard Fellowship Application which includes:

  1. Standard Application
  2. Medical School Transcripts
  3. Diploma: a picture of it is acceptable
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. 3 Letters of Recommendation

-1 letter with a statement of good standing from your residency program director
-2 from attending physicians

  1. Current Professional Photo

Dr. Anderson would also like:

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Surgery logs from first 2 years of residency
  3. Usually a short visit (2-3 days) to the area to observe surgery and clinic which would be organized by Karon Woods – email her at kwoods@newmexortho.com



Email with the subject line FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION, NAME and YEAR of the fellowship starting to Hilda Bartel at bartelhilda@gmail.com


Mail directly to

Hilda Bartel
2301 Indian Wells Dr. Suite A
Alamogordo, NM, 88310-4611


Fellowship selection committee will review all complete applicants in December. Selection and notification will be complete by January 1st of the year the fellowship starts. Fellowship will start July 1st each year.

Thank you for your interest,

Dr. John Joseph Anderson, DPM, FACFAS

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