Sub-Specialty Fellowships

Fellowship Presentation

Goals Objectives

The overall education goals of this training program are to help fellows develop an understanding in the comprehensive care of patients in inpatient, outpatient, and acute care settings. Fellows are provided with extensive clinical/technical experience in the performance of examinations, and trained in the clinical evaluation and management of patients with sports related injuries. Fellows are intended to achieve proficiency in performing and interpreting tests, and understanding the relevance of tests in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries. They are expected to learn the skill of reporting results to other professionals and to patients in understandable language and with sensitivity for the meaning of these results.

The program provides opportunities to develop knowledge, clinical skills, and professional attitudes that result in the best possible patient care. We expect our fellows to be motivated self-learners who actively participate in their own educational plan under the supervision of our faculty. Fellows will develop growing in the management and treatment of all shoulder and elbow disorders.

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Three, two-month rotations allow our Fellows to closely work with all five faculty members throughout the fellowship year. Carolinas Medical Center (Mercy Hospital), Charlotte Surgery Center and Presbyterian Orthopedic Hospital provides the fellows with exposure to Dr. Fleischli, Dr. Connor, Dr. Piasecki and Dr. Schiffern in surgery.  Our fellows will rotate for 3 months with our new hip arthroscopy specialist; Durham Weeks, MD.

Our fellowship provides fellows with a high volume of patients with many common sports injuries and procedures. 

Myers Park Clinic:

Carolinas Medical Center operates Myers Park Clinic, a resident run clinic where fellows function as an attending for Sports, S/E Cases. Fellows gain independent surgery experience and have the opportunity to teach residents.



Research is a priority of the fellowship. Fellows receive usually two half days each week for research. Fellows complete at least one clinical or basic science research studies during their one year tenure. The goal is to complete a quality study to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and formally present it.

Our dedicated OrthoCarolina Research Institute coordinates and assists our fellows on completing their projects.

Sports Affiliates

Fellows will have direct contact with several professional athletic teams including the Carolina Panthers. Fellows will also cover their "own" high school football team and participate in various high school and professional event coverage.


Conference Schedule

Monday Morning -- Weekly Grand Rounds/M&M
Thursday Morning --  Didactic Lectures
Friday -- Weekly SSportsMedicine Conferences: Research, Case Presentation / Indications, Journal Club


  • AAOS Annual Conference
  • Smith & Nephew (Hip Arthroscopy)
  • NFL Combines 
  • Fellows Cartilage Repair Course (Mandelbaum)
  • Mitek Athroscopy Forum
  • San Diego Shoulder Course
  • Arthrex - Annual Fellowship Forum


Criteria for Promotion and Graduation

Upon completion of this program, the fellow should be well grounded in extensive clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of common sports-related injuries, as well as the more unusual injuries requiring PCL and multi-ligamentous knee reconstructions, periarticular osteotomies of the knee, and meniscal and cartilage transplantation. In addition, the fellow should be knowledgeable about the variety of clinical applications and the management of patients with sports related injuries. The fellow should have experience teaching residents, and to be teachers for their patients in methods of prevention and management. They should be familiar with research methodology in the field and be equipped to begin careers of leadership in service, teaching, administration, research, and training, in the broad fields of sports medicine and should & elbow injuries.

Upon completion of the program, fellows are expected to be competent in the core areas of patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, professionalism, and systems-based practice. The program seeks to be flexible in tailoring the required goals to individual interests, but the core clinical and educational experiences will be similar. Upon completion of this program, the fellow will be qualified for competent independent practice and be eligible for examination with ABOS for certification.

Program Requirements

High School Football Coverage
Myers Park Clinic Coverage
Research Presentation @ CHS Orthopedic Research Day
UNC @ Charlotte Physicals
Davidson College Physicals
Heart of A Champion Physicals

Mandatory Conference Attendance
Monday Morning -- Weekly Grand Rounds / M & M
Thursday Morning -- Didactic Lectures
Friday -- Weekly Sport Medicine Conferences: Research, Case Presentation / Indications, Journal Club

Research Requirement
Fellows complete at least one clinical or basic science research studies during their one year tenure. The goal is to complete a quality study to be published in a peer-reviewed journal and formally present it.

Applying to Our Program

To apply to our fellowship program you must register with the San Francisco Match program (SF Match). 
No applications are accepted via email or outside of the match.

Interview Dates:  

  • Friday Jan. 26, 2018
  • Friday Feb. 9, 2018


  • Graduate of a medical school in the U.S. and Canada accredited by the LCME
  • Graduate of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by AOA
  • Graduate of a medical school outside the U.S. or Canada, who has a currently valid certificate from the ECFMG; or
  • Graduate of a medical school outside the U.S. who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school

Annual Salary

  • $60,000

Excellent Benefits

  • Health & Dental Insurance for Fellow and dependents
  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Basic Life Insurance, equivalent to 2x annual salary
  • Retirement Plan, eligible first of the quarter, following ninety (90) days of service
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Up to three weeks of PTO; which includes sick time and vacation days

We are an ACGME Accredited Program

Provide coverage under OrthoCarolina’s professional liability plan, with tail coverage provided at end of fellowship.

No Call Required


Current Fellows

Casey Stuhlman, MD

Dax Varkey, MD

Nathan Wetters, MD


Fellowship Testimonials

“When choosing a fellowship, I was looking for a program that had a mentorship model, included a large variety of complex cases, and would develop independence to help start my practice. OrthoCarolina exceeded my expectations. The experience was great, the people were great, and Charlotte was a great place to live for a year.”

-Jonathan Lester, MD (Class of 2016-17)


“I placed OrthoCarolina #1 on my fellowship rank list for a variety of reasons, and it has been my honor and privilege to have matched here and to have been given the opportunity to work with such an outstanding group.  I believe the fellowship provides a unique hybrid year of training, combining a comprehensive orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship with an excellent Shoulder and Elbow experience.  The surgical/clinical variety and volume are exceptional.  I was given ample opportunities to develop my skills in an appropriate and graduated fashion.  The attendings provide excellent mentorship, demonstrate a genuine interest in the fellows' education and personal endeavors, and there is strong collegiality within the group.  There are many high yield sports coverage experiences throughout the year.  The fellows are given dedicated time for research projects each week and funding was provided to attend several educational conferences.  All of these factors, combined with the opportunity to spend a year in a great city like Charlotte, made this an easy decision for me - and one that I am very grateful for.”

-Jason Andersen, MD (Class of 2016-17)


“Having looked at many of the prominent Sports Medicine Fellowships across the country, I felt as though OrthoCarolina offered the most well-rounded fellowship training experience.  I had very high expectations upon moving to Charlotte and they were all exceeded during my year at OrthoCarolina.  The Faculty across the board are exceptional teachers, both in the operating room and in the office setting, and they treat the fellows as junior colleagues.  The case volume and complexity are unparalleled.  The opportunity to work with the Carolina Panthers, UNC Charlotte, Davidson, and Queens University, along with many high schools, provides an incredible exposure to all types and levels of athletes.  Fellows are also afforded excellent opportunities to function autonomously, both taking trauma call, and running the resident orthopedic sports medicine clinic.  Looking back, I cannot imagine a better fellowship experience and I left feeling completely prepared to begin my practice.  If I had to do it over, I would choose OrthoCarolina again, and again.  I consider the faculty their colleagues, and friends for life.”

-Jonathan Watling, MD (Class of 2016-17)