The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation offers a one-year fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology. The fellowship focuses on the management and surgery of the polytrauma patient, with emphasis on fractures of the:

  • Acetabulum
  • Pelvis
  • Calcaneus
  • Complex upper and lower extremity injuries

Extensive training in the management of nonunions, malunions and infections is also addressed during the year.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

In addition to providing diverse experience in caring for the acute trauma patient, the program emphasizes clinical research and resident teaching. Our nationally recognized faculty are dedicated to guiding the next generation of skilled and empathetic trauma surgeons.

Our mission is to train and foster the growth of competent, compassionate and critical-thinking orthopaedic trauma surgeons who will serve their patients, local health systems, national organizations and society.

Program Goals

The fellowship provides a complete experience in the management of orthopedic trauma. At the completion of the fellowship, you should be competent to treat orthopaedic trauma in either a private practice trauma center or academic setting. Fellowship goals include:
  • Develop clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of complex and multisystem orthopaedic trauma
  • Refine clinical skills so new problems can be addressed based on pathophysiologic and patient-oriented information, allowing an appropriate treatment plan to be applied
  • Attain technical and surgical expertise in complex orthopedic trauma, to all orthopaedic body parts
  • Gain exposure to research, including clinical reviews, clinical outcome studies and basic science research

These goals are fulfilled through multiple educational methods, including both patient care and conferences.

Clinical care includes experience in offices of the attendings, as well as a fellow-directed clinic and operating room coverage. New patients are followed from diagnosis through the selection of treatment plans, preoperative planning, operative intervention and post-operative management. Outpatient clinic time allows you to observe the recovery process and long-term results after surgical procedures.

The didactic portion of education includes faculty lectures during a weekly trauma conference, resident core conference, fellow-specific lecture series and guest lectureships.

Socratic conferences include preoperative conferences, case presentations at the Trauma Conference, one-on-one discussions and interchanges during rounds, and direct evaluation of patients in the office.

We also provide a formal research experience.