The Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Residency is a comprehensive, five-year, ACGME-approved training program. Our mission is to provide the clinical and surgical skills necessary to competently and ethically practice as a leader in either an academic or a community setting.

Residency Program Director: Robert D. Fitch, MD
ACGME accredited program#: 2603631019
Available positions: Eight (five years)
Accepting applications: 2023-2024
Application deadline (ERAS & Duke): September 28, 2022. We accept applications through ERAS or ECFMG-ERAS(foreign medical graduates).
Participating in ERAS Supplemental Application:  Yes
Participating in AOA Universal Interview Offer Day (Monday, 11/14/22):  Yes
Interview Dates (Virtual): Friday, December 2, 2022, Saturday, December 17, 2022, and Friday, January 6, 2023
Match participation: NRMP

What you’ll need

The following application materials are required and should be submitted through ERAS or ECFMG-ERAS (for FMGs): 

  • Brief personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae (ERAS version is acceptable)
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • One of which should be from the chairman, chief or program director of orthopaedics (not required but preferred)
    • Additional letters accepted but not required
    • A standardized Letter of Recommendation Form (SLOR) is acceptable but not required
  • USMLE/COMLEX (steps 1 & 2; passed within three attempts; no minimum score requirement)
  • Medical school transcript
  • MSPE/dean's letter
  • ECFMG Certificate (applicable to FMGs)

The following materials are not required—please do not submit them

  • Curriculum vitae (in addition to ERAS version)
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • SAT Scores
  • MCAT scores
  • Hard copies (of materials already submitted via ERAS)

Please use the ERAS Applicant Document Tracking System to track the receipt of application materials to our program. 

Application requirements

In order to be eligible for ACGME-accredited residency training, you must adhere to the following application requirements (no exceptions):

  • You must provide proof that you have taken and passed the first two parts (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 appointees to Duke for all graduate medical trainees—whether United States or international medical graduates—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.
  • If you haven’t taken part II of the USMLE/COMLEX and are not scheduled to take part II before the interview season starts, you may still apply to our program. However, once you have taken and passed part II and have updated ERAS with the results, please email Wendy Thompson ( Sharon Long ( so that your ERAS application can be updated. 

Although it is not required, we suggest you notify us that you passed part II before the NRMP rank order list deadline. If you match to Duke, we must be notified of your part II passing by May 31, and scores must be uploaded to ERAS (before the system closes).

Please be sure to schedule your examination early so that you are notified of your results well in advance of your potential residency start date.

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.

We’re aware that ECFMG certificates are not issued until you officially graduate from medical school; however, this information must be made available ASAP if you’re matched to Duke University Hospital. Please refer to our FAQs section for visa sponsorship information. 

Application criteria

Resident applicants are selected for an interview on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity. In particular, we consider:

  • Educational accomplishments
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Board scores
  • Experience
  • Research

Important intangibles that are fundamental to the selection process include:

  • Leadership
  • Work ethic
  • Communication skills
  • Enthusiasm

Resident applicants selected for an interview will be notified by email or phone approximately 30 days after the program’s application deadline.

Resident applicants are selected for appointment to our program on the basis of their personal interview and review of the above-listed criteria.

Contact us

Wendy Thompson, Senior Program Coordinator (Medical Student Sub-Internship, Residency, & Fellowship)

Tyranicia Green, Program Coordinator (Residency/Fellowship)

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
DUMC Box 104002 | Durham, North Carolina 27710
(919) 684-3170