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  • Hand fellow Christopher A. Keen, MD, was recognized recently recognized for completing his 2011-12 instruction. Pictured, from left, are Keen and faculty members Dr. Somprasong Songcharoen, Dr. Alan Freeland (seated) and Dr. Sheila Lindley
    Hand fellow Christopher A. Keen, MD, was recognized recently recognized for completing his 2011-12 instruction. Pictured, from left, are Keen and faculty members Dr. Somprasong Songcharoen, Dr. Alan Freeland (seated) and Dr. Sheila Lindley

    Hand Fellowship

    The goal of this program is to enhance and broaden the skills of the fellow in diagnosis and management of upper extremity injuries from the shoulder to the fingertip. The fellow will learn the diagnosis of hand and upper extremity injuries, diseases, and afflictions while learning to perform appropriate surgical and non-surgical management, follow-up care and rehabilitation with supervised hands-on experience training.

    This is truly an upper extremity fellowship. All areas of upper extremity surgery will be covered, including joint replacement of the shoulder, elbow and wrist; upper extremity fractures and dislocations; soft tissue injuries; tendon repair and reconstruction; tumors; nerve repair and reconstruction; infections; vascular injuries and disorders; and microvascular surgery. The fellow has the opportunity to work in both the hand/upper extremity and sports medicine sections within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. There will be emphasis on arthroscopic management of upper extremity disorders, including arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction for instability and rotator cuff tears; elbow arthroscopy and wrist arthroscopy for management of fractures and instability.

    This is the fellow’s year. The opportunity is made for the fellow to rotate among the various hand and upper extremity faculty to customize the year in the areas where the fellow has a special interest. The fellow also has the opportunity to work within the Division of Plastic Surgery. The fellow begins with a basic and then advanced training course in the highly supervised microvascular laboratory.

    The fellow performs the role of a junior staff member in the teaching and supervision of orthopedic and plastic surgery residents. There are formal didactic and interactive teaching conferences that cover specifics like the topics; a monthly hand and upper extremity journal club; as well as case presentation, preoperative and postoperative complications and mortality and morbidity. The fellow is encouraged to participate in at least one research project of his choosing that involves the upper extremity.

    The fellow is supported for one meeting and one course of choice during the fellowship year. There are three weeks of vacation. 

    NRMP match

    Our program participates in the NRMP match. If you are interested in applying for the 2016 position, please complete and return the Universal Hand Surgery Fellowship Application*, along with supporting documents -personal statement, medical school transcript, residency certificates, USMLE transcripts, medical school dean's letter, along with 3-4 letters of recommendation.

    Please view the selection requirements for our institution at UMMC's GME website.

    Applications for the 2016 match will be received starting Nov. 1, 2014, with a deadline of Jan. 31, 2015, for the 2016-17 fellowship year. Mail all information, including e-mail address to:

    • Amy Kraus 
              Department of Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation 
              2500 N. State St.
              Jackson, MS 39216-4505

    You should receive e-mail notification upon our receipt of your application. Decisions will be made in January/February 2015 regarding interviews. We are planning to complete all interviews by April 2015 for the 2016 opening.

    If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact Amy Kraus at  (601) 984-5153 or akraus@umc.edu

    * Application form posted with permission of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.