The road of training to become an orthopedic surgeon is a long one. The entire process takes 13 years: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, and 5 years of residency. After this 13 year journey only the most competitive candidates who wish to continue their training are accepted to subspecialty fellowship programs. Upon gaining acceptance to a fellowship the surgeon will do an additional year of specialty training in a specific field of orthopedic surgery, for example if a fellow wants to become a shoulder surgeon, he or she obtains a fellowship in shoulder surgery. This means that the fellow is an expert in performing procedures related to the shoulder.
At gO all of our physicians are fellowship-trained because we believe we can’t provide excellence in orthopedics if we aren’t experts in our respective fields. Dr. Griggs completed hand, elbow, and shoulder fellowship training at the University of Florida under the direct guidance of his mentor and world-renowned surgeon Paul Dell, MD. Dr. Clifton completed pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship training at University of New Mexico in conjunction with the renowned Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital. Due to their expertise, our doctors are routinely asked to treat emergent trauma and complex cases in their subspecialties. The diverse assortment of fellowship training within our practice ensures that gO patients always have the ability to see a doctor who is specially suited to their needs.
YEARS OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
YEARS OF MEDICAL SCHOOL
YEARS OF RESIDENCY
YEARS OF FELLOWSHIP