The BIDMC Harvard Orthopaedic Hand Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess
Medical Center (BIDMC) is a one-year ACGME post-residency fellowship
As part of the fellowship experience, fellows have the opportunity to work
with faculty from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Beth-Israel
Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BIDN), Children's Hospital Boston (CHB),
Shriners Hospital for Children and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
(HVMA). The fellowship offers a combined experience with dedicated time on
both orthopaedic and plastics surgery rotations.
The program begins each year on August 1 and concludes on July 31 of the
following year. The program participates in the National Residency Match
Program, and is highly competitive. Applicant interviews are typically held
on site in January, two years prior to the anticipated start date.
Application and Eligibility
Any resident who has completed an orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, or
general surgery residency program is eligible to apply. The applicant must
be eligible to obtain a medical license in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts and meet all of the credentialing criteria of the Beth Israel
Deaconess Medical Center and affiliated institutions.
To apply, interested applications should submit:
Universal Hand Application
(available on www.assh.org after
October 15, 2017)
USMLE or equivalent
Medical school transcript
Four letters of reference, including one from your Program Director
The application deadline is November 15, 2017.
Please note, applications that are incomplete will not be reviewed.
The Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship provides comprehensive and timely
training for all hand and upper extremity pathology. There is a focus on
diagnostic accuracy and on broad exposure to the full gamut of therapeutic
options. There is ample exposure to trauma and post-traumatic
reconstruction, treatment of arthritis, including small joint arthroplasty,
arthroscopy and management of complex elbow pathology. The plastic surgery
rotations will provide experience in congenital hand and wrist as well as
soft tissue flaps and microvascular surgery.
Clinical Rotations and Case Volume
Hand and Upper Extremity Fellows have three basic rotations incorporating
faculty in a variety of clinical settings. Each rotation includes time
spent with orthopaedic and plastic surgery faculty. There are also
opportunities for individualized electives. By providing exposure to
diverse approaches to upper extremity pathology and creating a close
collaborative environment between orthopaedic and plastic surgeons, fellows
graduate with a broad and innovative armamentarium allowing them to tackle
the most complex surgical cases.
Adult Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery at BIDMC and BIDN.
Adult Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery at BIDMC and HVMA.
Adult and Pediatric Hand and Microvascular Surgery at BIDMC, CHB and
Shoulder/Elbow Elective, BIDMC
Each fellow has an independent clinic, supervised by a faculty member,
allowing continuity of care throughout the year.
A dedicated hand trauma OR block allows fellows to operate with
Over the last 4 years, hand and upper extremity fellows have performed
between 800 and 1200 annual cases each.
Fellows are assigned to specific clinic and OR blocks depending on the
clinical rotation. The team also includes a junior orthopaedic surgery
resident and a plastic surgery resident. Fellows are responsible for
managing the service, daily rounding and supervising the residents.
Call is shared evenly among 3 fellows and includes BIDMC (level I) and
BID-Needham (level 3). There are no in-house call responsibilities. The
call team also includes orthopaedic and plastic surgery residents as well
as an attending surgeon.
Fellow Didactics and Research
The Hand and Upper Extremity Service has a robust didactic and conference
Fellows are required to participate in at least one research project during
their training. Presentations and publications are highly encouraged.
Funding is available for fellows to attend a microsurgery course at the
start of the year and to attend one professional meeting of their choice.
Weekly indications conference attended by all faculty, fellows and
Weekly classic articles journal club.
Monthly morbity and mortality conference.
Monthly Harvard-wide journal club.
Boston Hand Collaborative quarterly cadaver dissection course
Monthly research meeting.
Tamara Rozental, MD
(Orthopaedic Surgery, BIDMC)
Arriyan S. Dowlatshahi, MD
Martin Dolan, MD
Carl Harper, MD
Mary Hochman, MD
Matthew Iorio, MD
Peter Kim, MD
Samuel Lin, MD
Arun Ramappa, MD
Arnold Savenor, MD
Amir Taghinia, MD
Joseph Upton, MD
Jennifer Graham, MD, Kaiser Permanente, CA
Rebecca Bennett-Anderson, MD, Lakeshore Bone and Joint Institute, IN
George Mundanthanum, MD, Austin Orthopaedic Specialists, TX
Robert Waugh, MD, North Conway, NH
Gregory Byrd, MD, Olympia Orthopaedic Associates, WA
Irfan Ahmed, MD, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, NJ
Peyton Hayes, MD, Pro-Health Care Associates, NY
Michael Lin, MD, Alpine Orthopaedics Medical Group, CA
Olukemi Fajolu, MD, Less Institute, FL
Janet Yueh, MD, Cohen Winters Plastic Surgery, NJ
Michael Johnson, MD, The Vancouver Clinic, OR
Michael Vosbikian, MD, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, NJ
Carl Harper, MD, BIDMC Harvard Medical School, MA
Nicholas Caggiano, MD
Aviram Giladi, MD
For questions and more information, contact:
Lori Meady, Residency and Fellowship Coordinator, Department of
Geoffrey Brahmer, Fellowship Coordinator, Department of Surgery