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The Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a one-year Harvard-affiliated ACGME-accredited post-residency training program. The fellowship is a cooperative effort between the Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery departments with residents from each department forming an integral part of the service.
As part of the fellowship experience, fellows have the opportunity to work with faculty in numerous clinical settings from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC, Level 1 trauma), Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BIDN), Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), Shriners Hospitals for Children and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA). The fellowship offers a combined and complementary experience with time evenly divided between orthopedic and plastic surgery faculty.
The program begins August 1 and concludes on July 31 of the following year. We participate in the National Residency Match Program. Like all hand surgery fellowships this fellowship is highly competitive. Applicant interviews will be held virtually January 21 and 22, 2022. There are three fellowship positions available with selections made irrespective of residency background.
For questions and more information, please contact Lori Meady through email or call 617-667-2133.
Any resident who has completed an orthopedic 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.
Four letters of reference, including one from your Program Director
The application deadline is November 15, 2021. 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 experience will include congenital hand and wrist as well as soft tissue flaps and microvascular surgery.
Hand and Upper Extremity Fellows have three basic rotations incorporating faculty in a variety of clinical settings. Each rotation includes time spent with orthopedic 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 orthopedic 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 Shriner’s Hospital
Fellows are assigned to specific clinic and OR blocks depending on the clinical rotation. The team also includes a junior orthopedic 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 orthopedic 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 schedule.
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.
The Harvard Hand Fellowship at BIDMC program believes that diversity is integral to excellence, and refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, and geographic region, and more. The aims of diversity are to broaden and deepen our experience in all areas of learning and work that support our mission of improving the health of the public. For the aims of diversity to be fully realized, the institutional culture must be one of inclusion, where all individuals are valued and honored, and resources and opportunity are distributed equitably and without undue bias. We embrace these values and seek such diversity in our fellowship applicants and faculty.