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Podiatric Research and Surgical Fellowship

Dates: August 1 through July 31

Program training director: Michael S. Kerzner, DPM

Associated facultyJames A. Nunley, II, M.D., Mark E. Easley, M.D., James K. DeOrio, M.D., Samuel B. Adams, Jr., M.D., Selene G. Parekh, M.D., MBA, Karl M. Schweitzer, Jr., M.D., Douglas W. Schreyack, DPM, JD

Number of fellows: One (non-accredited)

The purpose of the Podiatric Research and Surgical Fellowship is to offer the fellow special knowledge about:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of hallux valgus, flat foot deformities, and all forms of ankle arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and its involvement of the foot and ankle
  • Trauma as it relates to ankle, talus, calcaneus and midfoot fractures
  • Sports medicine injuries of the ankle with ligamentous injury
  • Role of arthroscopy
  • Wound care of limb salvage
  • The diabetic foot and ankle

The role and treatment of diabetic foot conditions, Charcot disease and insensitivity will also be explored.

Fellow will gain advanced knowledge in each of these specific areas, not only the basic science understanding the anatomy but the pathophysiology responsible for each of the conditions.

In addition, you’ll get extensive experience in:

  • History-taking of patients with foot/ankle problems
  • Physician examination techniques
  • Radiographic techniques involving fluoroscopy and stress radiography, as well as advanced interpretation of CT scans and MRIs
  • Case Presentation
  • Teaching Opportunities

Other skills that will be assessed are the understanding of gait mechanics and how to properly fit patients with orthotics and prosthetics.

Advanced surgical skills in the operating theater for repair of hallux valgus and bunion, rheumatoid foot deformities, ankle arthroscopy, trauma with fracture dislocations, and reconstructive efforts in the adult, particularly for posterior tibial tendon dysfunction and diabetic neuropathy, will also be addressed. Specialized interests in ankle joint replacement will be provided.


The fellowship will include a basic research component, and the Fellow will be expected to complete either a clinical or a basic science research project. The orthopaedic skills laboratory and the basic science laboratory will be available for these projects, and the Fellow will be mentored during the laboratory experience.

Another important component of this fellowship is a critical analysis of the literature. This will be accomplished through the Journal Club, in which you will be given instructions on evidence-based medicine and will critically evaluate the current literature.


Teaching skills will be promoted. The Fellow will give lectures during the didactic foot and ankle conference and presentations in areas appropriate to the Departmental Grand Rounds Conference and the Orthopaedic Trauma Conference.

This is a one-year fellowship after completion of podiatric residency training. Your progress will be monitored by the attendings through the weekly conferences and day-to-day presentations of cases. Your surgical techniques will be monitored as well.

How to apply

Accepting applications: 2019-2020 (Fall 2017)

Match participation: N/A

Application deadline: November 1

What you’ll need

The following application materials must be submitted to our office in one complete package (with letters of recommendation provided in individually sealed envelopes).

Timeline (Process begins 18 months prior to fellowship start date).

  • September:  Submit application to the North Carolina Board of Podiatry Examiners to sit for the podiatry exam (during 2nd year of residency), which is required for obtaining a full license to practice podiatry in the State of North Carolina.
  • November:  Participate in the 2-day exam arranged by the NCBPE.
  • January:  If passed, attend NCFAS practice/ethics training with test to follow.
  • February:  Receive passage/certificate notification from the NCBPE
  • March 1:  Duke Application Deadline
  • April 1-May 31: Duke Interview Period/ Visiting Observership (1 day)
  • June 1-June 30: Duke Appointment Notification
  • August 1-July 31:  Duke Fellowship Begins (one-year later)

Non-Accredited application requirements

In order to be eligible for non-accredited fellowship training, you must:

Visa Sponsorship: not possible for this non-accredited fellowship position

  • Applicants applying for a non-accredited fellowship position who also require visa sponsorship are not eligible for this position because the applicant will be employed as “faculty” with the Private Diagnostic Clinic requiring a prevailing wage for “surgeons” of six-figures; which is not  comparable to the salary of a fellow trainee.  PDC employment for non-US citizens requires the applicant to hold an H-1B visa, obtain a physician license with the North Carolina Board of Podiatry Examiners and Drug Enforcement Administration number, as well as, have taken and passed all three steps of the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination.  Accredited fellowship training positions are most appropriate for applicants requiring visa sponsorship, which we do not offer at Duke in podiatry.

Please submit application materials to:

Wendy Thompson or Sharon Long

Fellowship Program Coordinators

Duke University Medical Center

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Box 3000

Durham, NC  27710

Physical Address (for express mail):

DUMC, 40 Duke Medicine Circle

Room 5309 or Room 5312, Orange Zone

Durham, NC  27710

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Contact us

Monique E. Barrett

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery

Duke University School of Medicine

Office: 919-681-2837



Wendy Thompson/ Sharon Long

Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinators

Phone: 919-684-3170