Hand Surgery Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

Our fellowship provides broad clinical training and research opportunities within a wide spectrum of upper extremity surgery, including several areas which are traditionally difficult to receive training in such as microsurgery and complex elbow surgery. Clinical settings are as diverse as the clinical exposure; including time spent at a high-volume tertiary care academic center, a level I trauma county hospital, and designated congenital hand at a pediatric hospital.

Fellows will proceed through three rotations, and in the process learn from five faculty whose practices are dedicated to the care of the hand, wrist and elbow. This will be in the form of an apprenticeship, where during each rotation the trainee spends consistent time both in the office and the operating room with select faculty to maintain effective continuity of care. Practice settings include office and operative time at Rush University Medical Center and its affiliates, John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County, and Shriners' Hospital for Children. The diversity in patient population and resources at a private tertiary academic hospital, a county hospital, and a non-for-profit children's hospital will broaden the fellow's experience and teach them to thrive in multiple health care delivery systems, a critical part of the fellow's training.

The educational curriculum includes a weekly dedicated hand conference, weekly indications conference, regular cadaveric dissections, intermittent upper extremity lectures as part of resident core curriculum lectures, department-wide functions such as Grand Rounds and Morbidity and Mortality conference, and the option of shoulder lectures as part of the sports medicine fellowship conference. There is a monthly Journal Club where current publications and classic articles will be reviewed. All fellows will be required to participate in research and collaboration with basic scientists, residents, and students at the medical center is encouraged to help make the research process efficient and productive. Research funds will be available solely for this purpose. Regular bi-monthly research meetings for the hand division will be held to monitor progress, assure regulatory compliance, and troubleshoot potential problems on all active projects.

This program is unique in its ability to teach general hand surgery, microsurgery including trauma and reconstruction, as well as congenital hand and surgery of the elbow in a high-volume and diverse setting.

Applicants must have successfully completed a U.S. or Canadian orthopedic residency prior to the fellowship year and be eligible for permanent licensure in Illinois.

To Apply:  The Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Hand, Upper Extremity, and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center is participating in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand’s (ASSH) electronic application platform.  We will not accept any applications through the mail.  To apply, please  use the link https://myaccount.assh.org/FellowshipAppHome.  The platform can also be accessed through the ASSH website here: http://www.assh.org/For-Physicians/Fellowship-Programs

The deadline for applications is December 15, 2017.  We will conduct interviews on February 9th and March 5th, 2018.  Rush Participates in the NRMP Hand Fellowship Specialty Match.  For a Hand Surgery Specialty Match applicant agreement, please go to the website at www.NRMP.org.

For further information or questions, please contact:

Rush University Medical Center Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Attn: Phyllis Velez, Hand & UE Fellowship Program
1611 West Harrison, Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312.942.5850
E-mail: phyllis_j_velez@rush.edu