Medical Education

This ACGME approved Orthopaedic Trauma fellowship has as its vision the aim to produce orthopaedic traumatologists who will become leaders in both academic orthopaedics and orthopaedic traumatology. The fellowship combines clinical activities associated with basic science and clinical outcomes research.

The major goal of the fellowship is to assure that the graduating fellows are confident as orthopaedic traumatology decision makers. As well, the fellowship will provide the graduate with confidence in establishing excellent clinical outcomes and basic science research programs, and importantly, operative skills in managing complex orthopaedic traumatological conditions.

The Fellowship

The Carolinas Medical Center Fellowship is of one-year duration. Three fellows are chosen each year. There are four fellowship trained orthopaedic traumatologists that participate in the care of the patients and are responsible for the fellows' education. The fellows are assigned in a mentoring relationship to each of the orthopaedic traumatolgists on a monthly rotation. During these rotations, the fellow is responsible to the orthopaedic traumatologist for working with him in the management of his patients and operative volume. During this period of time, basic and clinical research will be done based upon the available time. Call responsibilities are approximately one night a week. This call is from home and only related to orthopedic trauma and fracture cases. The fellows are considered Junior Attendings and are expected to learn and be compliant with accepted reimbursement practices.

Application Process

The Carolinas Medical Center Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship is part of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Fellows match program. All applicants must apply through website. Information concerning this can be found on the Orthopaedic Trauma Association's website: As an ACGME accredited Fellowship, the following new core ACGME policy is in effect beginning July 2016: ACGME Fellowship Eligibility Requirements – All required clinical education for entry into ACGME-accredited fellowship programs must be completed in ACGME-accredited residency program, or in an RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited residency program located in Canada. Fellowship programs must receive verification of each entering fellow’s level of competency in the required field using ACGME or CanMeds Milestones assessments from the core residency program. We do not sponsor visas. You will need to apply for a J-1 visa through the Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program –EVSP through the ECFMG if you are a foreign national medical physician. Our Fellowship Program requires for all fellows to have a full North Carolina Medical License. Any other information can easily be obtained through our Fellowship Coordinator, Patricia Hines, at

Requirements for Graduation

The fellows are evaluated twice a year in an ACGME Milestone Evaluation. As well, the fellows will be expected to commence one major research project and finish another major research project. The fellows are expected at the end of their fellowship to have one paper ready for publication.


The Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship program provides $1900.00 for travel. The fellows are expected to attend the Orthopedic Trauma Association's Annual meeting and one other trauma or fracture related meeting


Ten working days of vacation are allowed.


Salary is commensurate with the PGY-6 level.