UNC Orthopaedics Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Fellowship Dates: August 1st through July 31st
Program Director: Joshua Tennant, MD, MPH
Number of Fellows: One

Program Description:

The UNC Orthopaedic foot and ankle fellowship is a 1 year training program with two foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons in the towns of Chapel Hill and Cary, North Carolina.  The program is for individuals who have completed an orthopaedic surgery residency (MD or DO).  The program has both private practice and university model components. Opportunities to perform basic science and clinical research are provided.   Broad coverage of all aspects of foot and ankle, including total ankle arthroplasty, complex hindfoot reconstruction, trauma, bunions, diabetes, thin wire external fixation, MIS techniques, and foot and ankle arthroscopy. Curriculum incorporates weekly foot and ankle didactic and case/indications conferences and monthly journal club.  Two attendings work with the foot and ankle fellow and one UNC Orthopaedics resident on the service.  Fellow should plan to attend AOFAS Annual meeting and one other course of their choice.  Call and weekend responsibilities will be on the order of 1 weekend per month.  Moonlighting can be arranged for those interested, although our priority for the fellow is time for education, research, and the amazing personal/family activities that North Carolina has to offer.

Clinical Experience:

The goal of the fellowship is to prepare our fellows to be excellent clinicians and surgeons in the expanding field of orthopaedic medicine with emphasis on injuries and surgery of the foot and ankle.

  • Broad coverage of all aspects of foot and ankle, including total ankle arthroplasty, complex hindfoot reconstruction, trauma, bunions, diabetes, thin wire external fixation, MIS techniques, and foot and ankle arthroscopy.
  • Average of two days outpatient clinic, two days of OR, one day of research per week.
  • Experience with 2-3 attendings for the 2021-2022 fellowship year (pending hires in 2020) for a variety of experience; estimate fellow experience of 500-600 operative cases for the year.
  • Learning coding and documentation specific for foot and ankle outpatient clinic and operating room.
  • Includes learning environment of both tertiary care center OR and outpatient private practice-style ambulatory surgery center.

Research Experience:

The fellows will be provided on average one day per week of protected research time. This day is dedicated to scholarly activity so that the fellow can accomplish meaningful research during the year. Research opportunities include clinical, biomechanical, policy, and public health topics related to foot and ankle pathophysiology and care


How to apply:

Accepting applications: 2021-2022 Fellowship Cohort (Apply in Fall-Winter 2019)
Match participation: SF Match
Application open: August 6, 2019
Application deadline: November 1, 2019

We accept applications through the Central Application Service (CAS), a service provided through SF Match that distributes applications to training programs. The use of CAS assures that applications are uniform, complete and distributed in an orderly fashion. You must register with the SF Match and pay an additional fee in order to access CAS. Please refer to SF Match for more information.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator:
Jennifer Griffin
UNC School of Medicine
Department of Orthopaedics
CB# 7055
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone: 919.966.8538
Fax: 919.966.6730
E-mail: jennifer_griffin@med.unc.edu