The goal of the fellowship is to prepare physicians for a career in hand surgery, either as clinical surgeons or academic surgeons. The program provides a comprehensive exposure to hand surgery in an integrated program with the Division of Plastic Surgery at UMMC. Practice locations include the 700-bed, Level I trauma center University Hospital, the attached Children’s Hospital of Mississippi, the Sonny Montgomery Veterans Administration Hospital which shares our campus, and the neighboring St. Dominic Hospital. This provides a full spectrum of adult and pediatric exposure to acute trauma, post-traumatic reconstruction, congenital anomalies, and care of degenerative hand and wrist conditions, along with acute and chronic peripheral nerve problems.
In addition, fellows will gain knowledge in microsurgical reconstruction for replantation and flap reconstruction of the extremities. There are opportunities for the interested fellow to participate in flap reconstruction of non-hand wounds, and to gain exposure to elbow and shoulder problems in conjunction with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Fellows receive individual teaching and supervision in the operating room and outpatient clinics. Formal programs include weekly plastic surgery grand rounds and hand surgery textbook review, monthly combined plastic surgery/orthopedic surgery hand grand rounds, hand surgery / plastic surgery M&M, hand surgery journal club, and plastic surgery journal club. Each year, the fellow will attended the ASSH conference. The fellow will be expected to participate in clinical or basic science research and will supported in presentations at regional and national meetings. The weekly clinical rotation schedule includes, depending on the day, assignments in hand surgery and clinic at the university, VA, children’s, and private hospitals, along with dedicated research time. Each clinical service is covered by plastic surgery residents. Call, which is taken from home, averages one night out of every five and one weekend a month. Vacation time is three weeks per year.Information is available on our current fellow and our recent graduates.Additional information can be obtained by contacting Theresa White.