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Education Institute

Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Edward A. Athanasian, MD, Chief, Hand and Upper Extremity Service
Steve K. Lee, MD, Fellowship Director

Duration: 1 year
Stipend: $90,257.78 per annum/benefits (subsidized housing also available)
Positions: 4
Accreditation: ACGME-Accredited
Contact: Lauren Tanenbaum at tanenbauml@hss.edu or call 212.606.1275

The Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship program offers an abundantly diverse educational and operative experience. The primary goal of the fellowship program is to expose and train fellows in a wide range of treatments from the most complex peripheral nerve dysfunction to the more common sports-related injuries to the hand.

Our fellowship is unique in its in-depth representation of subspecialty interests among the 10 faculty members in hand surgery, including sports and traumatic injuries of the entire upper extremity, cerebral palsy, elbow reconstruction, brachial plexus surgery, limb-sparing tumor procedures, microsurgery and arthroscopy. The fellowship boasts a wide depth and breadth of hand surgery experience, with a rich didactic and clinical program.

Fellows have sufficient time to pursue independent learning, and have protected time and resources to complete and present a research project at the conclusion of the year. A broad network of national and international contacts among the attending staff has facilitated postgraduate mini-fellowships in areas such as congenital hand and microsurgery.

Curriculum and Expectations

  • Each fellow completes a 1-week intensive course in microsurgical skills at the outset of the fellowship. 
  • The fellowship is divided into four 3-month rotations, designed to broaden a fellow’s base of knowledge across all elements of hand and upper extremity. During each rotation fellows are exposed to a variety of upper extremity conditions in a one-on-one mentorship environment where the fellow is exposed to a range of methods, techniques, approaches and management of multiple issues. 
  • Fellows assume an integral role in teaching residents and medical students, and direct a cadaveric upper extremity teaching session weekly.
  • Fellows are expected to lead and participate in weekly and bi-monthly academic conferences where unique and complex cases are presented and discussed.
  • Fellows, along with an attending surgeon, conduct weekly sessions in psychomotor skills to instruct residents and physician assistants in operative techniques.
  • Each fellow in the program is required to complete at least one research project by the conclusion of their year.
     

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