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UW Physician Fellowships — Amputation Rehabilitation

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VA Puget Sound Health Care System and UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine offer an amputation rehabilitation fellowship to physicians who have completed an ACGME accredited residency program. Opportunities are available for a 1-year clinical fellowship or a 2-year combined clinical and research fellowship.

Fellows work in an exciting clinical milieu at VA Puget Sound that includes a CARF-accredited Amputation Specialty Program, VA Regional Amputation Center, and a full-service Prosthetics & Orthotics lab. The VA amputation rehabilitation team provides lifelong care for servicemembers with combat-related amputations and for Veterans with amputations from diabetes, dysvascular disease, combat-related injuries, or other medical conditions. Throughout the U.S., VA facilities provide care for more than 50,000 Veterans with amputations.

Collaboratively developed by the fellow and fellowship director, the curriculum consists of didactic education, clinical education and training, evaluation, and research or other academic activities. One-sixth of the fellow’s time may be spent at affiliated institutions, allowing work in clinics at Harborview Medical Center, a Level 1 Trauma Center, or other University of Washington-affiliated medical centers as meets his or her education, clinical and research training goals.


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Application Requirements

The program functions under the auspices of VA Office of Academic Affiliations, Advanced Fellowship Program for Interprofessional Polytrauma and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation. There is no VA service obligation after completion of the fellowship program. However, fellows are encouraged to seek VA employment.  Visit the VA program website for more information:

To apply for the University of Washington Department of Rehabilitation Medicine's Amputation Rehabilitation Fellowship, please submit the following application materials to contact below by November 1 of the calendar year preceding the planned fellowship matriculation (i.e. November 1 of the PGY-4 year):

  • Application for Health Professions Trainees, VA Form 10-2850d (
  • Personal statement (1 page)
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including one from residency program director
  • Curriculum Vitae (3 pages or less)


The stipend rate will be based on years of previously completed ACGME accredited residency training and equivalent experiences as determined by OAA, index rates approved at the affiliated university and the respective VA facility (in other words, based on the University of Washington residency and fellow stipend levels). Benefits are through the Veterans Affairs employment system.


Rebecca Speckman, MD, PhD – Fellowship Director
David Morgenroth, MD – Assistant Fellowship Director
Janna Friedly, MD, MPH


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Primary location is the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle Division, with additional clinical opportunities at the American Lake Division.


Prior fellows have taken positions in the VA Amputation System of Care and in wound care or amputation specialty care at academic and community medical centers.


Rebecca A. Speckman

Rebecca A. Speckman, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Regional Amputation Center, VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Director, Amputation Rehabilitation Fellowship, University of Washington and VA Puget Sound

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