Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Hand Surgery Fellowship Didactic Curriculum


Weekly Conferences

There are two regularly scheduled weekly conferences that are Zoom meetings.

Core Curriculum Didactic Hand Conference

Time: 6.30 a.m. (Monday)

Plastic Surgery residents, hand fellows, rotating residents, hand therapists and hand faculty attend this conference. It covers the hand and upper extremity core curriculum in a systematic manner, starting with applied anatomy and principles and progressing through the full spectrum of conditions. Lectures are given by experts in their respective fields.

Problem Case Management/Journal Club

Time: 6.30 a.m. (Tuesday)

The goals of the case management conference as well as the monthly journal club are to put into practice what was learned in a recently preceding didactic lecture. This converts the passive learning into active clinically based application. This conference has a smaller audience comprising fellows, rotating hand residents and hand surgery faculty and therapists. Fellows are assigned to each conference with a designated moderating faculty. 

Additional conferences

  • Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Additional Meetings

The fellowship provides funds for hand fellows to attend the ASSH Annual Scientific Meeting. Additional industry-supported conferences include those sponsored by AO trauma, Acumed and Arthrex.

Immediately upon starting fellowship, each Fellow must become a candidate member of both ASSH and AAHS. A letter of recommendation is provided by the program director. This gives direct access to the Journal of Hand Surgery, Hand, Young Members Forum, Hand-e and many other online learning resources.