Hand and Upper Extremity
Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship
The goal of the University of Virginia
Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship is to optimally prepare
surgeons-in-training to render contemporary, compassionate and
fiscally-responsible care for all pathologies afflicting the hand,
wrist, elbow and shoulder, while inspiring the fellow to give back to
the specialty through engagement in scientific inquiry and practice as
a life-long learner and teacher. Training emphasizes traumatic and
acquired conditions of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, arm, and
shoulder including peripheral nerve disorders, microsurgical training
in collaboration with Plastic Surgery, brachial plexus surgery in
collaboration with Neurosurgery, sports related injuries of the upper
extremity, with college team coverage, arthroscopy of the hand, wrist,
and elbow, joint replacement of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder,
and congenital hand surgery.
Upon completion, participants will be competent to treat congenital and acquired disorders from the brachial plexus to the fingertips in any practice setting. Fellowship goals include: 1) development of clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of disorders involving the upper extremity, 2) refinement of clinical skills in such a way that new problems can be addressed based upon pathophysiologic and patient-oriented information allowing an appropriate course of action to be initiated, 3) attainment of surgical expertise in traumatic, congenital and acquired disorders of the upper extremity, 4) a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology of the upper extremity and 5) experience in research investigations including clinical review and clinical outcomes.
The fellow will work primarily with all four Orthopaedic Hand & Upper Extremity faculty (Drs. Chhabra, Dacus, Freilich, and Deal) on a rotating basis. The fellow will also work with our 2 Plastic Surgery faculty (Drs. Drake and Morgan) for relevant experience in wound care, free tissue transfer, and microsurgery. The fellow will also gain experience in complex brachial plexus surgery with Dr. Chhabra and Dr. Elias (Neurosurgery). The Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity fellow will work with the Plastic Surgery accredited hand fellow and share Hand Call and didactic and teaching responsibilities. The 2 fellows will work with all 6 Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery faculty during the course of their training. The collaboration between the Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery Hand Divisions creates a unique opportunity for multi-specialty education and training of the Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Extremity Fellow and The Plastic Surgery Hand Fellow.
A. Bobby Chhabra, MD
D. Nicole Deal, MD
A. Rashard Dacus,
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Duration: 1 year (August 1 to July 31)
Deadline: November 15
Location: University of Virginia Health System
Goals and Characteristics
The fellowship combines clinical, teaching, and research opportunities for orthopaedic surgeons interested in furthering their knowledge of the upper extremity. Training emphasizes traumatic, congenital, and acquired conditions of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow with exposure to traumatic and arthritic conditions of the shoulder. The Fellow will have operative experience including peripheral nerve disorders, congenital hand surgery, sports-related injuries of the upper extremity, microsurgery, arthroscopy, upper extremity joint replacement, and brachial plexus surgery.
1) Development of clinical expertise in diagnosis and management of disorders involving the upper extremity.
2) Refinement of clinical skills so new problems can be addressed based on pathophysiologic and patient-oriented information, allowing an appropriate course of action to be initiated.
3) Attainment of surgical expertise in traumatic, congenital, and acquired disorders of the upper extremity.
4) Exposure to research investigations including clinical review and outcomes, and basic science research.
These goals are attained through competency-based educational methods including instruction and formal research experience. The Fellow works with faculty on a rotating basis and also works with plastic surgery faculty for relevant experience in wound care and free-tissue transfer. Applicants from the United States must have completed an othropaedic residency and be Board-eligible or -certified. Applicants from outside the United States must have a current ECFMG certificate. This fellowship is one of two identical upper extremity fellowships offered at the University of Virginia, one is offered through the orthopaedic surgery department and one is through the plastic surgery department. Both positions are ACGME accredited. Applicants may apply to either fellowship (orthopaedic surgery or plastic surgery) and will be considered for both. Interviews for both positions are conducted together and 2 fellows total are selected per year. Rotations completed are identical and both fellows will work with members of the orthopaedic surgery faculty and plastic surgery faculty regardless of which fellowship they complete.
This fellowship is ACGME accredited.
This fellowship participates in the match program.
CERTIFICATE OF ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION (CAQ)
- A. Bobby Chhabra, MD (Orthopaedic Department Chair, Division Head) for Surgery of the Hand, 2005
- A. Rashard Dacus, MD for Surgery of the Hand, 2010
- D. Nicole Deal, MD (Hand Fellowship Director) for Surgery of the Hand, 2012
- Aaron M. Freilich, MD for Surgery of the Hand, 2013
Applicants must have completed an accredited residency program in orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery, or general surgery, along with following criteria:
Official Medical School Transcripts
Medical School Diploma
Copies of any publications
Three letters of recommendation
November 15th, 2013
February 21st, 2014
PO Box 800159
Charlottesville, VA 22908