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Adult Reconstruction Surgery Fellowship

Dates: August 1 through July 31

Program training director: Michael P. Bolognesi, MD

Associated faculty: David E. Attarian, MD; Samuel S. Wellman, MD; Thorsten M. Seyler, MD, PhD; Scott S. Kelley, MD; Rhett K. Hallows, MD

Number of fellows: Two (one ACGME, two non-ACGME)

The Duke Orthopaedic Adult Reconstruction Surgery Fellowship provides significant exposure to:

  • Hip and knee arthroplasty
  • Revision hip and knee arthroplasty
  • Osteotomy of the hip and knee
  • Arthroscopy of the hip and knee
  • Variety of other adult reconstructive surgical procedures

Fellows will gain experience in the most up-to-date techniques in joint arthroplasty and revision of joint arthroplasty as well as osteotomy, arthroscopy, and soft-tissue reconstruction. Fellows also participate in resident education and basic clinical research. We have an active orthopaedic research laboratory with a variety of projects in the area of lower extremity biomechanics.

We expect fellows to complete at least one clinical project that culminates in a manuscript for publication and presentation at a national meeting. Weekly conference attendance is expected.

Fellows must have completed an orthopaedic residency and must be board-eligible.

Alumni society

Graduating fellows of the Duke Adult Reconstruction program will become part of the prestigious Piedmont Orthopedic Society. Induction into this group of life-long learners includes access to an annual meeting and alumni reunions at events such as the AAOS annual meeting, and the annual meeting of the Piedmont Society.

How to apply

Accepting applications: 2019-2020 (Fall 2017)

Match participation: SF Match

ACGME program number: 2613613031 (second position is non-ACGME)

Application deadline: November 1

We accept applications through the Central Application Service (CAS), a service provided through SF Match that distributes applications to training programs. The use of CAS assures that applications are uniform, complete and distributed in an orderly fashion. You must register with SF Match and pay an additional fee in order to access CAS. Please refer to SF Match for more information. 

What you’ll need

The following application materials are required and should be submitted through CAS:

  • CAS distribution choices and payment (online submission)
  • CAS application service (online submission)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation;
    • One from the chairman or program training director of your training program
    • Letters must be on official letterhead and may not be older than six months
  • Copy of medical school transcript
  • Copy of USMLE/COMLEX transcript (all three steps; passed within three attempts)
  • ECFMG Certificate (applicable to international graduates)

ACGME application requirements

In order to be eligible for ACGME-accredited fellowship training, you must adhere to the following application requirements:

  • You must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program or RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited residency program located in Canada. Exceptions may apply for exceptionally qualified applicants (and institutional GME approval is required). For details, please refer to the Fellowship Appointments section of the ACGME Program Requirements for Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery (approved but not in effect until 2016).
  • You must provide proof that you have taken and passed all three steps (within three attempts) of appropriate medical licensure examinations (USMLE/COMLEX). This is required by the North Carolina Medical Board and is a Duke institutional policy for all graduate medical trainees—whether U.S. or international medical school graduates at the PGY-3 level or higher—as well as qualify for a resident training license in the state of North Carolina in order to be eligible for employment at Duke University Hospital.

Foreign medical graduates: additional requirements

Foreign medical graduates must hold a valid and current ECFMG certificate in addition to meeting the above requirements. Your ECFMG Certificate must be valid as of the start date of the program. For foreign nationals who are medical graduates of LCME-accredited schools in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico, copies of the diploma will suffice in lieu of an ECFMG certificate.

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