Hip Preservation Fellowship

Dates: August 1 through July 31

Program training directorSteven A. Olson, MD

Associated facultyRichard C. Mather III, MDBrian D. Lewis, MDMarc J. Richard, MDRobert K. Lark, MD

Number of fellows: One (non-ACGME)

Program description

The Duke Orthopaedic Hip Preservation Surgery fellow will gain experience in the most up-to-date techniques in hip preservation surgery, including:

  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Peri-acetabular osteotomy
  • Surgical dislocation
  • Acute management of slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Management of avascular necrosis

The opportunity to participate in hip resurfacing is also part of our experience.

Currently, over 400 hip preservation procedures are performed at our center yearly. Included among these are several of these different aspects of hip preservation. Fellow will be exposed to regional and intraoperative anesthetic techniques and rapid recovery protocols following hip preservation surgery. Fellow will also participate in resident education in the clinic and the operating room. Weekly conference attendance is required. 

Fellow will coordinate and run a pre-operative planning conference as well as quarterly clinical case and research conferences. Clinical research opportunities are usually associated with ongoing prospective outcomes research in the area of hip preservation. Basic science research opportunities are wide ranging and include focus on cartilage injury and cartilage repair.

Alumni society

Graduating fellow of the Duke Hip Preservation 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: 2024-2025 (Fall 2022)

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).  

  • Hip Preservation Application Form (PDF) 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • One of which should be 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)  

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
  • Must be board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

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.


Please submit application materials to:

Cheryl DePaolis
Duke Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke Health Interprofessional Education Building (IPE Bldg.)
311 Trent Drive, Suite 2214
Durham, NC  27710

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Contact us

Cheryl DePaolis

Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine


Wendy Thompson/ Tyranicia Green
Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinators