Training hand and upper extremity surgeonsThe Hand Surgery Fellowship Training Program is a one-year program that teaches the fundamentals of a career in hand and upper extremity surgery. Fellows will be exposed to the full spectrum of adult and pediatric clinical activities, teaching and research. Musculoskeletal health and well-being will continue to grow in demand, requiring practitioners committed to excellence in patient care, to investigate and expand the ever-broadening horizons of technology. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will be qualified to sit for the certificate of added qualification in hand surgery.
The Hand and Upper Extremity Center will provide the fellow with a comprehensive experience in all areas of hand and upper extremity surgery. The Ohio State University and the Department of Orthopaedics have fully equipped state of the art research facilities and research personnel to assist with fellow research, which is a requirement of the program. The fellow will participate in the treatment of amputations, mangling and devascularizing injuries to the hand and upper extremity. The fellow will take call at a Level 1 Trauma Center and will participate in both emergent and elective surgical treatment of wounds using conventional as well as microsurgical techniques.
Collaboration with the Department of Plastic SurgeryThe Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University, in collaboration with the Department of Plastic Surgery, is committed to a teaching program that includes a comprehensive didactic program in which all areas of hand and upper extremity are represented. The fellowship program is affiliated with the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program and the Plastic Surgery Residency Program at The Ohio State University. The medical center is affiliated with The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Hand Surgery Fellowship curriculum
The curriculum allows the fellow to be involved with orthopaedic hand surgery faculty as well as plastic surgery faculty. The variety of styles in the management of upper limb problems, surgical indications, patient/physician relationships, charting/documentation and billing methods that exits in this broad spectrum of practices offer an experience that is truly mosaic.
- A year-long schedule of hand and upper extremity conferences has been established for the benefit of both the fellow and of the residents on the hand service. This schedule includes:
- Hand and Upper Extremity Lectures – every Monday, throughout the year, topics vary
- Hand Indications Conference – three times a month
- Hand Journal Club – Monthly
- Hand Morbidity and Mortality – four times a year
- Monthly departmental Patient Safety and Quality Conference
- Visiting professor presentations (four per year) representing various orthopaedic subspecialties
- Hand and upper extremity anatomy dissections
- Graded OSCE related to hand and upper extremity surgery
- Basic science and research methodology lectures
- Presentation on billing/coding
Research RequirementResearch is an important component of the Hand Surgery Fellowship. Each fellow is required to complete, present and submit a book chapter or case report for publication in a peer-reviewed journal prior to completion of the fellowship. In addition, the fellow will collaborate on on-going research projects underway in the division. Research projects are presented at the annual Mallory-Coleman Research Day. Ample time is provided to the fellow throughout the program to complete the project.
Application ProcessThe fellowship program participates in the NRMP’s Combined Musculoskeletal Matching Program. We accept applications via the ASSH online fellowship application platform. One fellowship position is offered through the Match each year. Applicants from orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery residency programs are encouraged to apply. Applications are reviewed by the selection committee and are selected on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills and personal qualities. All applications are reviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee, which is comprised of all members of the hand division faculty. Fellowship positions are offered by the program director based on the outcome of the Match. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply to the fellowship program and are given equal consideration.
Application must include:
- Universal hand surgery fellowship application
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- USMLE score report
- Copy of current licensure
- Copy of medical school diploma
- Start date: August 1, 2021
- End date: July 31, 2022
For more information, please contact:
Education Program Manager
Department of Orthopaedics
725 Prior Hall
376 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210