About Our Upper Extremity Microsurgery Fellowship

X-ray of hand surgeryThe Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at BIDMC is a one-year ACGME post-residency fellowship training program. The goal of the fellowship is to train fellows in the art and science of upper extremity pathology and surgery. It has been in existence since the early 1990’s. In the academic year 2020/2021, this fellowship will also formally merge with the Orthopedic Fellowship to become one BIDMC Combined Ortho-Plastic Surgery Hand Fellowship Program, with a full complement of 3 hand fellows. Currently, the two fellowships are already moving to a full integration, sharing the same faculty, didactics and rotations. As part of the fellowship experience, fellows have the opportunity to work with hand attending faculty from BIDMC, Atrius/New England Baptist Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, and the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston.

Fellows spend dedicated time on the hand plastic surgery service, as well as the orthopedic service. OR cases and clinic experience is available at the New England Baptist Hospital.

The program begins on July 1st and concludes on June 30 of the following year. With the formal merger in 2020-2021, the program will start on August 1 and end on July 31. The program participates in the National Residency Match Program, and it is highly competitive. Interested applications should submit their applications to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). Follow the instructions on their website.


Any resident who has completed a plastic, orthopedic, or general surgery residency program is eligible for the fellowship. The final applicant must be eligible to obtain a medical license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and meet all of the credentialing criteria of the BIDMC.

Clinical Rotations

BIDMC Hand Fellows rotate in a multitude of surgical and ambulatory settings, all of which expand the fellows experience in hand surgery. Throughout the year, the fellow rotates on the following services:

  • Adult Hand Plastic Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center & Affiliates
  • Adult Hand Orthopedic Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Pediatric Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital
  • Pediatric and Burn Surgery, Shriner's Burns Hospital
  • Orthopedic Hand Elective Surgeries, New England Baptist Hospital

By spending dedicated time on both orthopedic and plastics surgery, working under the supervision of diverse faculty, as well rotating in a multitude of settings, fellows obtain exposure to a broad range of cases, from the most common to the most complex. Throughout the year, fellows learn diverse approaches in treating problems of the hand. This integrative approach results in better care of patients, better trained hand surgeons, and more innovative approaches in the medical treatment of the upper extremity.