Dates: August 1 through July 31
Program training director: Michael P. Bolognesi, MD
Number of fellows: Three (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.
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: 2023-2024 (Fall 2021)
Match participation: SF Match (ACGME SF Match ID #3924, Non-ACGME SF Match ID #5009)
ACGME program number: 2613613031 (one position ACGME/ two positions 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 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).
- 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.
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will provide visa sponsorship, a J-1 Clinical House Staff Visa (ECFMG sponsored) sufficient for clinical fellowship training, for individuals participating in an ACGME accredited fellowship. Non-ACGME positions are not eligible for visa sponsorship. For more visa information, please visit the Duke Visa Services web at https://visaservices.duke.edu/. The department does not sponsor an H-1B visa nor has the appropriate funds to support associated fees (petition, fraud detection, premium processing).
Non-ACGME application requirements
In order to be eligible for non-ACGME fellowship training, you must:
- Provide proof that you have taken and passed all three steps (within three attempts) of appropriate medical licensure examinations (USMLE/COMLEX/FLEX/NBME or Canadian examinations), which is required by the North Carolina Medical Board. (This requirement can be waived if you’ve been certified/recertified by an approved specialty board within the past 10 years; see medical licensure requirements.)
- Qualify for a full medical license in the state of North Carolina
- Obtain a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number in order to be eligible for employment at Duke University Hospital
Foreign medical graduates: additional requirements
Foreign medical graduates are eligible for this non-ACGME fellowship; however, in addition to meeting the above requirements, you must:
- Be a permanent U.S. resident (hold a green card)
- Have completed three years of accredited training (see medical licensure requirements)
- Not require visa sponsorship
- Applicants applying for a non-accredited (i.e. ACGME or ICGME) fellowship position, who also require H-1B visa sponsorship, are not eligible for this position because the applicant will be employed as “faculty” requiring a prevailing wage for “surgeons” of six-figures; which is not comparable to the salary of a fellow trainee. Accredited fellowship training positions are most appropriate for applicants requiring visa sponsorship.
Foreign medical graduates must hold a valid and current ECFMG Certificate. 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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