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.
Three, two-month rotations allow our Fellows to closely work with all three 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. D’Alessandro, Dr. Connor, Dr. Piasecki in surgery. Fellows also get time 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.
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.
Monday Morning -- Weekly Grand Rounds / M & M Thursday Morning -- Didactic Lectures Friday -- Weekly Sport Medicine Conferences: Research, Case Presentation / Indications, Journal Club
AAOS Annual Conference
Smith & Nephew (Hip Arthroscopy)
Fellows Cartilage Repair Course (Mandelbaum)
Week with Dr. Kelly in New York (Hip Arthroscopy)
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.
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
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.
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 current 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
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.