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What does it mean to be fellowship trained?

Sports Medicine Specialists

Posted on: Apr 8 2014

Why be an orthopedic fellow?

To become an orthopedic surgeon you must graduate from college, apply and be admitted to medical school, complete 4 years of medical school, and complete a rigorous 5 years of medical and surgical residency in orthopedic surgery. The residency programs in orthopedic surgery are some of the most competitive residencies to be accepted in to, and by the time you complete this 5 year program you have now spent 13 years “in college”. You are now an orthopedic surgeon. So why continue with the additional training called a fellowship?

A fellowship is a program that a physician can chose to do to become more specialized in one area of orthopedics known as a subspecialty. Orthopedic fellowships do enable physicians to become recognized experts in an orthopedic subspecialty. A fellowship is not required to practice orthopedic surgery and while many orthopedic surgeons do not chose to do a fellowship after their residency, it is being more common to do so. With all the rapidly changing advances in orthopedic surgery it is crucial to see an orthopedic physician that is fellowship trained to ensure that you receive the best and most up to date care for your injury or concern.

Orthopedic fellowships are offered at Universities and orthopedic institutes around the country in the following subspecialties: orthopedic sports medicine, foot and ankle, hand surgery and upper extremity, joint preservation, orthopedic surgery of the spine, pediatric orthopedics, and orthopedic trauma. Some of the top Fellowship programs in the country are at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Institute, American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL with Dr. James Andrews, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, OrthoCarolina, Emory University and Washington University.

Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Centeris the only orthopedic group in the region where all of the physicians in the practice have completed fellowships in an orthopedic subspecialty. What also makes our practice at Elite unique is that our physicians all stay within their subspecialty. For example if you come to Elite for a neck or back concern you will not be scheduled with a shoulder specialist…etc.

Dr. Burton Elrod, our founding physician, and true pioneer in the field of sports medicine, did his orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the world renowned Kerlan- Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Inglewood, California.

Dr. David Moore was a fellow in orthopedic sports medicine with Dr. James Andrews at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL.

Dr. Jeffrey Willers completed his orthopedic fellowship in foot and ankle at OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute in Charlotte, NC.

Dr. Thomas Dovan completed his fellowship in Hand, Shoulder and Upper Extremity at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO

Dr. R. Chris Glattes completed his fellowship in orthopedic spine surgery at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, MO

Dr. James Johnson is a non-surgical sports medicine physician who completed his fellowship in sports medicine at Stanford University in San Jose and Palo Alto CA.

Dr. Colin Crosby has completed his fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA in orthopedic surgery of the spine.

Dr. Chad Price completed his fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Spartanburg, SC.

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