Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship

Dates: August 1 through July 31
Program training directorRachel M. Reilly, MD
Associated facultyMalcolm DeBaun, MDSteven A. Olson, MD
Number of fellows: One (non-ACGME; OTA accredited)

Program description

The Duke Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship experience includes an opportunity to participate in the acute evaluation and management of orthopaedic injuries, and evaluation and treatment of post-traumatic deformities and nonunions. Special emphasis will be placed on both acute and delayed reconstruction of pelvic and acetabular fractures as well as osteotomy in the adult hip for treatment of hip arthritis.

Duke University Medical Center offers exposure to both acute orthopaedic injury and a referral practice of complex post-traumatic conditions. The fellow participates as part of the orthopaedic trauma team, and will be expected to participate in resident education.

An opportunity for basic science research is also available, with an emphasis in research in hip mechanics and post-traumatic arthritis.

Alumni society

Graduating fellows of the Duke Orthopaedic Trauma 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
Application deadline: November 1

We accept applications through the Central Application Service (CAS), which is 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. Applicants must register with the 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 the CAS

  • CAS Distribution Choices and Payment (online submission)
  • CAS Application Form (online submission)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 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)

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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Contact us

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

Wendy Thompson/ Sharon Long
Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinators
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine