In March, the Fellowship in Ankle and Foot Surgery I supervised at the IRCCS Galeazzi in Milan, will come to an end.

It is the first Italian educational model aimed to young surgeons and based on the American ‘fellowship’ system.

The project seeks to create a network of hyper-specialised doctors, thanks to the possibility of having practical experience in the aftermath of the post-graduate school.

The main aim is to make them learn surgical knowledge and abilities, in such a hyper-specialised field as the foot and ankle one, also developing scientific knowledge as well, which can be translated, at least, into a publication indexed on pubmed.

During the six-month fellowship, the young doctor will be integrated in the practical program, which consists in days spent in the operating room, where he has the possibility to gain high experience in prosthetic ankle surgery, which boasts the widest clinical records in Italy.

Other important activities dedicated to the Fellow are the scientific and outpatient ones, always in contact with patients.

This educational path aims to complete university education, although it is inserted in the world of work.

At the end of the fellowship, the newly-specialised young will have gained an accurate and practical knowledge of foot and ankle field. This kind of education is ideal for the doctor who wants to have a successful career: he can be updated on the most innovative procedures and learn to deal with the most complex cases.


Here are Dr. Andrea Pantalone’s greetings. He won the first fellowship, freshly ended.

Milan, February 18th, 2016

These are the last weeks before the end of my Fellowship at the Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute, led by Doctor Usuelli. It’s been more than 5 months already after my arrival in Milan, with lots of doubts and worries: choosing to invest my time in a post-graduate education seemed a little too risky.

Now that I’m about to end my path, I must acknowledge the undeniable value, not only work-related, of this extraordinary and essential experience, to me. The opportunity to collaborate with such an avant-guarde team in foot and ankle surgery, has pushed away, day by day, every doubt.

Surgical activity, accurate patient checks in the post-operative and inside convenient clinics in the long term, scientific research and lots of other occasions of learning and proficiency let me take care of my work identity, always with more and more attention and a stricter method.

Thanks to all the members of the Foot and Ankle Specialized Center of the Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute but, above all, thank you Federico!

Andrea Pantalone