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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, orthopedic surgery, or general 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 Orthopedic Surgery.

Program goals

The program is designed to train board eligible surgeons in the full spectrum of hand surgery.  The fellow will participate in patient care in the clinic, operating room, and emergency room.  They will participate in weekly educational conferences with faculty as well as residents and students on the service.  The fellow will have ample opportunity to participate in research and is expected to complete a project during the fellowship year.


The program is ACGME accredited and accepts one fellow per year.  Graduates of the program will be eligible for the certification exam in Surgery of the Hand (SOTH).


The fellow will rotate with the hand surgery faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital campuses.  On rotations, the fellow will participate in the care of patients of all ages and will see acute and chronic disorders across the full spectrum of hand surgery.

How to apply

Our fellowship participates in the NRMP program, under the Combined Musculoskeletal Matching Program.  Interested individuals should prepare a completed Universal Hand Fellowship Application, provide three letters of recommendation and their curriculum vitae. The application deadline is December 15. Please submit all application materials to Kristin Hook.  Interviews will be conducted on February 12.

The candidate who matches through NRMP in May of 2013 will begin the fellowship in August 2014.

Contact information

Program director: Scott D. Lifchez, M.D.
Program coordinator: Kristin Hook
Phone number: 410-502-7381


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   • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
   • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
   • Green Spring Station
   • White Marsh
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