The fellow's function in the operating room and outpatient areas with one-on-one faculty supervision. This leads to independent activities with back-up as the year progresses. Team physician coverage provides the opportunity for independence in consultation with athletic training staff and faculty back-up. Teaching responsibilities include fellow participation in conferences for orthopaedic surgery residents, family practice residents, athletic trainers, and physical therapy staff.
The fellows have excellent interaction with athletic trainers through experiences with Wake Forest, Winston-Salem State, and the Winston-Salem Dash. Medical Plaza - Miller (formerly CompRehab Plaza) houses all of our outpatient physical therapy services and the fellows have excellent opportunity for interaction with physical therapists. The 3-month rotations allow excellent continuity of care experiences.
The fellows attend outpatient clinic sessions with the faculty member on whose service they are rotating – this involves 3 to 4 half-day clinic sessions per week, depending on the faculty member. These faculty clinic sessions involve approximately 12-24 patients per half day (3-6 new patients). In addition, the fellow will have his own half-day outpatient clinic session (with appropriate faculty supervision) involving 10-18 patients per half day (2-4 new patients). This will mirror an activity that we have found to be extremely beneficial for our orthopaedic surgery residents and allows the opportunity to develop independence with supervision available as needed.