Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship Program Application Information

Hand fellows and attending physicians

The Washington University Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship Program within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery participates in the Specialty Match through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).


We use the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) electronic application system and do not accept mailed applications. Click here to begin your online application with ASSH.

 Who Should Apply


  • Orthopaedic surgery residents
  • Plastic surgery residents
  • General surgery residents are discouraged from applying to this specialty fellowship program.

In order to be eligible for ACGME-accredited fellowship training, you must adhere to the following application requirements:

  • You must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program or RCPSC-accredited or CFPC-accredited residency program located in Canada. For details, please refer to the Fellowship Appointments section of the ACGME Program Requirements for Hand Orthopaedic Surgery.
  • You must provide proof that you have taken and passed all three steps (within three attempts) of appropriate medical licensure examinations (USMLE/COMLEX). 

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for our fellowship, please submit the following information:

  • Hand Fellowship Universal Application with a Personal Statement (small, recent photograph attached)*
  • Curriculum Vitae*

  • Medical School Transcript (photocopy of original acceptable) 

  • 3-4 letters of recommendation from surgeons who are familiar with your work. Recommendation letters must be on official letterhead. No more than 5 letters will be reviewed.

*Please be certain to include your e-mail address on your application and/or curriculum vitae.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted for the upcoming specialty match until November 15th. Applications and accompanying material received after this date will not be accepted.


Interviews for the 2023-24 application cycle will be held in person on February 10, 2024. Applicants selected to interview will be contacted well in advance.

Foreign Medical Graduates

  • Must be eligible to work within the United States and enter the United States on a clinical visa other than a J-1 or other “training” visa. Entrance on an H-1 B visa is allowable.
  • You must be able to obtain permanent medical licensure within the State of Missouri prior to the start date of your fellowship. Permanent Missouri licensure requirements are:
    • Must be Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certified.
    • Must have passed all three steps of United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE).
    • Must have completed three years of U.S. training in the same specialty (Orthopaedic Surgery) in an accredited program.

More Information

Please contact Kristen Roberts via e-mail at  [email protected] with any further questions.


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