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Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship

The hand and upper extremity surgery fellowship at Johns Hopkins is a one-year training program for surgeons who have completed a residency in plastic surgery or orthopaedic surgery.  The program is ACGME accredited, and is led by hand-fellowship trained faculty from the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Program goals

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We believe that the best training in hand and upper extremity surgery comes from integrated orthopaedic and plastic surgery hand training to create the “complete” hand surgeon, who is comfortable in the management of bones and joints, tendons and muscles, skin and soft tissue coverage, blood vessels, and nerves.

The majority of the faculty members themselves are products of this cross-training model. With that philosophy, we have structured our program to expose fellows to the full spectrum of hand and upper extremity surgery, with some flexibility based upon their individual interests.

Fellows will become well-versed in all aspects of hand and wrist surgery, with a stronger emphasis on elbow/shoulder or microsurgical procedures, depending on their interests. Fellows will also participate in patient care in the clinic, operating room and emergency room, and engage in weekly educational conferences with faculty members, residents and students. They will have multiple opportunities to participate in research, and one completed project is required during the fellowship year.

Rotations

Hand fellows rotate through the busy hand surgery clinical practices at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where the majority of the plastic surgery hand service is located, as well as The Johns Hopkins Hospital and associated facilities where the majority of the orthopaedic hand surgery services are provided. Fellows also have the option to work on unique cases with participating clinical faculty members outside of the Johns Hopkins Health System. Fellows will participate in the care of patients of all ages with acute and chronic disorders across the entire spectrum of hand surgery. Patient care rotations will include the clinic, the emergency room and the operating room.

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Hand/Upper Extremity Transplantation

Fellows who are interested in vascularized composite tissue allotransplantation will receive exposure to the screening, planning, execution, and postoperative management and maintenance of upper extremity transplant patients. Participation in this program is voluntary.

Prerequisites

The program is ACGME-accredited and accepts one fellow per year. All fellows must be board eligible at the time they begin the fellowship. All graduates of the program will be eligible to apply for the certification exam in surgery of the hand through their individual board. The program considers candidates of accredited U.S. and Canadian orthopaedic and plastic surgery training programs.

How to apply

Our fellowship participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), under the Combined Musculoskeletal Matching Program. Interested individuals should prepare a completed Universal Hand Fellowship Application, and provide three letters of recommendation and their curriculum vitae.

The application deadline is Dec. 15.

Please submit all application materials to Kristin Hook through regular mail or email. The address to submit applications is: Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 601 N. Caroline St., Suite 8161, Baltimore, MD 21287. The candidate who matches through the NRMP in May 2017 will begin the fellowship in August 2018.

Contact information

Program director: Jaimie Shores, M.D., Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Associate Program Director: John Ingari, M.D., Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Program coordinator: Kristin Hook
Phone number: 410-502-7381