Fellowship SVBJ

St Vincent’s Bone and Joint (SVBJ) has offered a paid post graduate Fellowship in Hip and Knee Arthroplasty since 2003. The fellowship has attracted a wide range of International and Locally trained surgeons, all of whom have continued in successful private or academic practice.

The Fellowship is usually for one calendar year with appointment usually in January and involves both clinical and research aspects of hip and knee replacement surgery.

Fellowship Details

The fellowship is based purely in St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Sydney and in the offices of St Vincent’s Bone and Joint in St Vincent’s Clinic, Sydney. The Fellow is expected to assist at all operating sessions of A/Professor Michael Neil, as well as Dr Amir Kalanie at St Vincent’s Private Hospital where possible. It is expected that the Fellow will be available for emergencies and out of hours cases if necessary, although this is rare as the fellowship is based purely in a private practice setting with no on-call for trauma.

The fellow is expected to manage patients postoperatively on the ward both in consultation and independently. Ward rounds should be done daily except for Sunday. Part of the week will be spent consulting in the office with Professor Neil, discussing patient management and examining patients clinically.

Time will be allocated weekly for clinical research, and at least one project is expected to be completed within the fellowship to the stage of presentation at a national conference and submission for publication. A certificate of Fellowship acknowledging the time spent at SVBJ will be issued on successful completion and assessment.

A stipend of AUD $4000 per month is generously provided by the Corin Group, for whom A/Professor Neil is a consultant. The stipend is administered through the finance department of St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Sydney. The Fellowship is NOT administered nor advertised through the Australian Orthopaedic Association,but is independently administered by SVBJ.

The Fellow can expect a broad exposure to all aspects of hip and knee replacement surgery, including robotic assisted and computer guided techniques, minimally invasive unicompartmental knee replacement including patello-femoral arthroplasty and hemiCAP resurfacing. Professor Neil has a high volume revision joint replacement practice having introduced a number of novel techniques and procedures over a 30 year career.

Some Undergraduate teaching of medical students from either the University of NSW or University of Notre Dame Sydney may be required.

Selection criteria

  1. Qualified Orthopaedic Surgeon, FRACS or equivalent
  2. If overseas graduate from non-English speaking background, must attain pass in ILETS exam
  3. Strong references for further training from previous supervisors

Application process

Fellow to provide:
Name/address/email/contact phone numbers and registration details.

  1. Go to Australian Medical Council (AMC) website. (www.amc.org.au) Go to Assessment and examination tab and download Primary Source Verification Specialist in training form. To complete this form, you will need to obtain a EICS Number-there is a process guide for your EICS verification. You will also find a tab for English proficiency testing this is the first thing you should complete (as this can take some time).
  2. Next go to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) (www.ahpra.gov.au). The 3 documents that you need to complete are:-
    1. AAMC-03 form (Application for Assessment by a medical College) We will send you this document with our details already completed. Fill in your requirements then send to Royal College of Surgeons once you have completed forms and included all relevant documentation.
    2. ALPS-30 form (Application for limited registration for postgraduate training or supervised practice) We will also send you this document with our details already completed. Fill in your requirements then send to Royal College of Surgeons once you have completed forms and included all relevant documentation.
    3. Supervised Practice Plan and Principle Supervisor’s Agreement (Supervised practice for limited registration. Once you have approval from RACS and you have a completed AAMC-03 form we will send you this form to complete you section and then send to APHRA for your application. This site is also useful for help with medical indemnity insurance which you will require for accreditation to St Vincent’s Private Hospital. Previous Fellows have used AVANT and there is a link.
  3. Next go to Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS)We will send you all these documents with our sections completed.
    • Short-Term Specified Training documentation checklist. On this list, there are 9 document requirements. Please complete 1. AAMC-03 after you have filled in your requirements. 3. Training program and 5 Position Description are enclosed. All other requirements you must complete and provide.
    • RACS Application Form
      Department of Immigration and Citizenship (www.immi.gov.au). We need to complete a nomination form 1402N. This needs to be submitted before or at the same time as your application. For us to complete this application I will need your contact and passport details and details of family members if they are coming with you.
    • Download or apply online for Application for a temporary residence visa (non- business) Forms for subclass 402 visa.
      • To complete this form in part A the subclass visa is Occupational Training 402 and Your sponsor name is Michael Neil J Neil Pty Ltd Application ID Number 500554693
  • It would be advisable that you get plenty of passport photos and numerous certified copies of documentation requirements.
  • We would also advise you use the CV template on the AHPRA site as your guideline.
  • For your visa requirements, you will also require Health Insurance. We suggest you go onto the Medibank Private website.

Current Fellow

2021- Dr Lauro Gonzales, MD. Philippines

  • Dr Lauro Gonzales, MD.Dr Lauro Gonzales, MD.

Lauro graduated in Orthopaedic Surgery from the Phillipine General Hospitaland has spent 2020 working with A/Professor Simon Tan at St VincentsSportsMed. He excelled there and we look forward to working with him in 2021 at SVBJ

Dr Gonzales started his medical education at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, graduating in 2011.

He completed his orthopaedics training at the Philippine General Hospital's Department of Orthopaedics training program in 2017, and is a diplomate of the Philippine Board of Orthopedics.

He has trained as a fellow at St Vincent's SportsMed, and is continuing to further advance his orthopaedics skills and knowledge; joining the St. Vincent's Bone and Joint team as their latest fellow"

Previous Fellows

  • 2020-nil covid
  • 2019 - Dr Davide Salvo, Switzerland
  • 2018 - Abhijit Kawalker, India
  • 2017 - Abhijit Kawalker, India
  • 2016 - Dr Donnell Rubio, Philippines
  • 2015 - Dr KarlouMutia, Philippines
  • 2014 - Dr Paulo Panti, Philippines
  • 2013 - Dr Amir Kalanie, New Zealand
  • 2012 - Dr Jeremy Atupan, Malaysia
  • 2011 - Dr Edward King, Philippines
  • 2010 - Dr Amir Rubin, Israel
  • 2009 - Dr IrewinTabu, Philippines
  • 2009 - Dr Turlough O'Donnell, Ireland
  • 2008 - Dr Phillip Sloper, England
  • 2008 - Dr NiloPaner, Philippines
  • 2007 - Dr Alastair Trezies, United Kingdom
  • 2006 - Dr AzharMerican, United Kingdom
  • 2006 - Dr Viral Shah, India
  • 2005 - Dr Baran Datta, India
  • 2004 - Dr Nick Vertzyas, Australia
  • 2003 - Dr Christophe Pattyn, Belgium
  • 2003 - Dr Simon Tan, Australia