The definitive goal of the Hand & Microsurgery Fellowship is to develop and refine special expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of problems related to the hand and upper extremity. These include participation in all aspects of patient care research and educational activities of the division:

Patient Care

  • All ages of patients from newborns through the elderly are treated.
  • The entire spectrum of clinical care from the shoulder to the fingertips, from initial evaluation through therapeutic and/or operative procedures, followed by rehabilitation is covered


  • Fellows are BOTH teachers and students.
  • A list of required knowledge is attached: SHUE Curriculum
  • Knowledge of the natural history of operative as well as non-operative treatment of all conditions of the upper extremity are stressed.
  • Faculty members are involved directly in the Fellows’ development of academic skills as related to:
    • Teaching 3rd year medical students.
    • Teaching 4th year elective and selective medical students.
    • The Resident staff, including PGY3 & PGY4 residents, as relates to mastery of the knowledge objectives and performance objectives of the rotation.


  • Development of basic science and/or research, conceptualization, refinement, initiation, performance, completion and presentation (at meetings and within the peer review literature) of scientific research activities related to hand, wrist, and elbow surgery.
  • The professional development of the Fellows in  the ASSH is encouraged and supported actively by all faculty members.  This includes becoming junior members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) encouragement & facilitation of involvement in the ASSH including committee and task force service,  as well as assisting the Fellows in achieving employment following their Fellowship.

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