Author: Matt Varacallo, MD

Matthew Varacallo, MD is an orthopedic sports medicine fellow at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. He is currently training under the prestigious mentorship of Drs. Darren Johnson and Dr. Scott Mair. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Amiethab Aiyer (Chief, Foot and Ankle Service, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine) and Dr. Jonathan Kaplan (Associate, Orthopaedic Specialty Institute, Orange County California), the three physicians make up the major constituents of the newly formed Orthomentor group. The Orthomentor trio provides multi-faceted and comprehensive advice for aspiring and current medical students, residents, fellows, and attendings transitioning through the various time points in medical and/or surgical careers. Dr. Varacallo continues to remain actively involved in a wide range of research areas. He serves as an active editorial board member, article editor, and peer-reviewer for multiple medical and surgical journals. He has published his research in prestigious orthopedic journals, including the Journal of Arthroplasty, Journal of Orthopedic Trauma, and the Journal of Surgical Education. He has presented his research at multiple national meetings for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society (POS), the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), and the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR).

Applying Your Past Experiences to Your Medical Training

Applying Your Past Experiences to Your Medical Training

We all come from different backgrounds. I remember my incoming medical school class at Penn State consisted of a wide range of individuals—some th [...]
Documentation & Coding Concepts While in Residency

Documentation & Coding Concepts While in Residency

First and foremost, clinicians should never purposely upcode/downcode, upcharge/downcharge, or falsely code/document when it comes to the renderin [...]
Should (Orthopedic) Residents Consider Pursuing a Fellowship?

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You hear it all the time, “You should do a fellowship. Everyone does a fellowship.” Most reports estimate more than 90% of orthopedic residents en [...]
Owning the Residency Training Process – You Get Out What You Put In

Owning the Residency Training Process – You Get Out What You Put In

Whether you matched your top choice or your #10 choice for residency, you will learn to appreciate several critical points that are vital to your [...]
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