Orthopaedic Physician Assistant fellowships allow for advanced, specialty-specific education and experience for entry-level graduates. In 2015, Wake Forest School of Medicine Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and PA Studies jointly opened an orthopaedic surgery postgraduate PA fellowship. The fellowship structure consists of 3 components:  independent clinical experience, structured rotations, and learning modules. 

The fellow runs one independent clinic each week.  During that clinic, the fellow works independently but has access to other orthopedic surgeons and physician assistants who are running clinics simultaneously if needed for advice or guidance.  Along with the weekly clinic, core orthopaedic-specific rotations expose the fellow to all subspecialties.  During the rotations, the fellow attends educational lectures and grand rounds, as well as continuing medical education conferences.  The fellow also completes learning modules that address aspects of systems-based practice, quality, and clinical outcomes. 

Program Goals

The primary goals of the fellowship are to develop the clinical and procedural skills necessary for a PA fellow to "hit the ground running" with minimal training in physical exam, imaging interpretation, and surgical first assist skills, making them attractive candidates to busy orthopaedic practices who are looking for someone with experience.