The fellow will proceed though three or four different rotations (depending on whether or not they choose the shoulder elective), and in the process learn from eight faculty whose practices are dedicated to the care of the hand and upper extremity. This will be in the form of an apprenticeship, where on 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, shoulder lectures as part of the sports medicine fellowship conference, and department-wide functions such as Grand Rounds and Morbidity and Mortality conference. There is a monthly Journal Club where current publications and classic articles will be reviewed. The fellow 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 and shoulder in a high-volume and diverse setting.
Photo caption: hand surgery fellowship faculty and PAs.