Fellowship Details

Union Memorial Hospital Post Residency Fellowship in Hand Surgery

Contact Person For Application: Tori Wilson
Union Memorial Hospital
3333 North Calvert Street, Suite M60
Baltimore, MD  21218
United States
Fellowship Type: Primary Hand Programs
Fellowship Title: Union Memorial Hospital Post Residency Fellowship in Hand Surgery
Union Memorial Hospital
3333 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD  21218
United States
Geographic Region: Northeast
Number of years this fellowship has existed: More than 10 years
Fellowship Director: James HIggins, MD
Additional Faculty: Hugh Baugher; Christopher Forthman; James Higgins; Peter Innis; Dawn LaPorte, Michael McClinton; Kenneth Means; Russell Moore; Michael Murphy; Keith Segalman; Ray Wittstadt; Bruce Wolock; Neal Zimmerman
Duration and Calendar Year of Fellowship: August 1 to July 31
Clinical Work:
(total # of cases per year for all fellows)
Free Flaps: 50
Complex Non-Microsurgical Reconstruction: 0
Nerve Repairs: 0
Replants: 0
Head and Neck: 0
Breast Implant Reconstruction: 0
Upper Extremity: 3137
Autologus Tissue Breast Reconstruction: 0
Trunk: 0
Specialty Cases: Functioning muscle transfers to the upper extremity. Free fibular transfer of upper and lower extremities, toe to hand transfers, lower extremity free flap coverage.
Number of Fellows Accepted per year: 4
Stipend (Annual): $57,157
Night and Weekend Call: 6 days per month
Laboratory Research Opportunities (available or required): A 1500 square foot Microsurgery Laboratory is available for small animal research studies and training in microsurgical procedures. The facility is authorized to house a limited number of small animals for research studies. The Microsurgical Lab contains three dissecting microscopes and related microsurgical instruments. Microsurgery instruction includes use of the operating microscope and instrumentation. In addition to the Microsurger Laboratory the program has a 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art STATlab that is dedicated to orthopaedic research. The laboratory offers multi-station facilities for surgical techniques training and biomechanical research studies. Two separate areas provide a wide array of research opportunities ranging from tendon cell biology to biomechanical studies.
Clinical Research Opportunities: This hand surgery training program has a research department which coordinates patient outcome studies. Each Fellow is required to complete at least one research project, with a faculty sponsorship, that will be suitable for presentation and/or publication. Research projects may take the form of retrospective evaluation of data collected in clinical studies or a focused study of medical records, biomechanical evaluations of devices, anatomical studies or prospective studies of specific diagnoses or treatments. The Division of Hand Surgery has a Research Department, Research Director and Clinical Research Coordinator. The Research Director and Coordinator meet with the fellows on a regular basis to orientate them to research design and statistics. The fellows are provided with an overview of the research requirements, description of the types of projects available and the mechanism for submission and approval of projects to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The fellows are introduced to key research personnel who are available to assist them in this process (i.e. microsurgery and biomechanics lab, therapists, statistical support, administrative support for IRB/IACUC submissions and editorial support for manuscript preparation).
Prerequisite/requisite training required: 5 years in an accredited Orthopaedic or Plastic surgery residency
Other Training Required: Twice a year at the Anatomy Board full body cadaver flap dissections are performed.
Application Deadline: December 16
Interview Period: February 1 to February 25
Additional Program Information: This program offers training in assessment and management of common and complex hand and upper extremity injuries. A combined staff of 14 orthopaedic and plastic surgery trained hand surgeons offer an eclectic approach to treatment of hand conditions. Plastic residents from Johns Hopkins Hospital and Georgetown University Hospital and orthopaedic surgery residents from Union Memorial Hospital rotate on the hand service and work closely with our Fellows. Walter Reed Army Medical Center Hand Fellows rotate on the hand service for six months at a time and have the privileges and responsibilities of the traditional Union Memorial Hospital Fellows. Each Fellow is appointed to the professional staff and has admitting and operating privileges and surgical block time. Fellows rotate in the National Hand Specialists Clinic with the attendings. This clinic attracts an array of hand and upper extremity disorders. Each Fellow has his/her clinic one-half day per week, staffed by a Hand Center P.A., hand therapist, and clinic nurse. Each fellow is required to complete a research project in clinical or laboratory research. All research projects are fully funded by the Hand Research Fund. The results of his/her research is presented to a distinguished hand surgeon during our annual visiting professorship. The teaching program includes weekly conferences, trauma rounds, and lectures covering all aspects of hand surgery including microsurgery, anatomy and hand rehabilitation. A congenital clinic and journal club is conducted monthly. Fellows also gain congenital hand/upper extremity experience by participating in a one month rotation at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia during which housing is provided. Clinical categories are well-balanced in acute trauma, replantation, and posttraumatic reconstruction, as well as rheumatoid, congenital, and acquired non-traumatic problems. This program prepares Fellows to be skillful hand surgeons for private practice and academics. This fellowship is ACGME accredited. This fellowship participates in the match program Of special note, one of the faculty members, Dr. James Higgins, has won the clinical case of the year competition at ASRM two years in a row.
Website Link: http://www.nationalhandspecialitst.com
*For information on previous fellows, please contact the fellowship institution directly.