Paul Saiz, MD, is the only fellowship-trained and board-certified spine surgeon in New Mexico. Dr. Saiz completed two surgical fellowships (Reconstructive Spine Surgery and Musculoskeletal Oncology) after finishing his Orthopedic Surgery residency. Paul Saiz, MD, focuses on performing Orthopedic Spine Surgery and treating spine tumors and multiple diseases of the spine.
A post residency fellowship typically provides fully trained Orthopedic Surgeons with a living stipend while they complete specialized training on a focal aspect of Orthopedics. This allows them to become more experienced and see multiple patients with findings rarely seen in a normal practice i.e bone tumors.
Prior to applying for a fellowship, a physician must complete medical school and an approved residency (orthopedic surgery). An orthopedic residency lasts five years. Orthopedic surgeons can then choose whether to go into practice or pursue a fellowship. The primary purpose of a fellowship in orthopedic surgery is to gain practical experience in a subspecialty of orthopedic medicine, such as sports medicine, spine, or foot and ankle.
Many fellowship programs are quite competitive. Admission depends on past academic and professional experience, and completion of a fellowship can boost future career opportunities. In addition to hands-on training, fellows receive mentorship from experienced professionals in their field and network with other specialists.