What do graduates of medical schools in Germany, Tennessee, Hungary, Vermont and Egypt have in common? One from each location has applied and been accepted for 2014-15 fellowship programs with the UNM Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation.

Starting August 1, five physicians will join one of three Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited fellowship programs with the UNM Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation as follows:

Hand Fellowship

Andrea Lese, graduate of Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Medical School, Heidelberg, Germany, and Yale University Residency Program, New Haven, CT.

Norfleet Thompson, graduate of University of Tennessee Health Science Center Medical School and Residency Program, Memphis, TN.

Sports Fellowship

Tamas Bardos, graduate of Medical University of Pecs Medical School and Residency Program, Pecs, Hungary.

Blake Clifton, graduate of University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT, and Texas Tech University Residency Program, Lubbock, TX.

Trauma Fellowship

Ahmed Thabet, graduate of Benha University School of Medicine and Residency Program, Benha, Egypt.

More than 100 applications for UNM Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowships were received from around the world during the 2012-13 submission season, which resulted in 42 interviews for 2014-15 fellowship openings - two for hand, two for sports and one for trauma.

Bardos says he applied for the Sports Fellowship because of UNM’s “great faculty” and the fact that its sports medicine physicians who treat a variety of injuries for the New Mexico Lobos' athletics programs, as well as “many complex knee surgeries.” Thabet was drawn to the Trauma Fellowship’s hands-on experiences and clinical research opportunities. “It also has a great educational program and excellent didactics,” he adds.

UNM’s Hand Fellowship Program dates back to the early 1970s and has yielded some 80 graduates. Its Sports and Trauma Fellowship programs, each 10 years old, have collectively graduated 24 fellows.