What is a fellowship?
Many orthopedic surgeons elect to do further training or fellowships, after completing their medical education and residency training.
Fellowship training in an orthopedic subspecialty is typically one year in duration and sometimes has a research component combined with clinical and operative training. During this period, the physician is referred to as a “fellow.”
In most cases, choosing a fellowship-trained physician means you can be assured he or she is highly skilled and up-to-date with cutting edge treatments and surgical techniques.
Training the next generation.
Most of our physicians at Tuckahoe Orthopaedics are fellowship-trained. Our practice is pleased to play a role in training future generations of orthopedic surgeons. We work closely with Orthopaedic Research of Virginia to sponsor a one year, accredited fellowship in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine for residency-trained orthopedic surgeons.
Orthopaedic Research of Virginia (ORV) is a privately funded organization that performs various functions to advance musculoskeletal care, teaching, and research. Tuckahoe Orthopaedics and ORV have sponsored over 100 fellows since 1982. The fellows train under the direction of our Tuckahoe Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Physicians:
The fellows work with our physicians in the clinic and also in surgery and are exposed to arthroscopic procedures for the knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle, and wrist. Our current fellows are:
- Christopher R. Kester, DO
- Mark T. Rose, DO
- William Tenpenny, DO
- Major Eric R. Vaillant, MD