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The Department of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine has launched a hand surgery fellowship to provide the next generation of board-eligible orthopaedic and plastic surgeons specialized skills and academic research experience.

IU School of Medicine Department of Surgery launches hand surgery fellowship

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Surgery has launched a hand surgery fellowship to provide the next generation of board-eligible orthopaedic and plastic surgeons specialized skills and academic research experience. The first selected fellow will serve Aug. 1, 2022 through July 31, 2023. Two fellowship positions will be available starting 2023.

The hand surgery fellowship at Indiana University is a multidisciplinary, comprehensive program that immerses fellows in both plastic surgery-based and orthopaedic surgery-based hand services, with exposure to treating patients for a myriad of complex conditions, including traumatic injuries, brachial plexus injuries, tendonitis, vascular problems, amputation management, congenital conditions, tumors of the upper extremity and options for additional exposure to shoulder and elbow pathology.

Fellows will have the opportunity to experience the full cycle of care – from initial evaluation in the clinic and surgery to postoperative rehabilitation. They will also be expected to complete at least one publishable academic project on a clinical study during the year and should be prepared to present their project locally or at national meetings.

“Our hand surgery fellowship program is designed to offer surgeons an integrated, multi-disciplinary curriculum that covers the full spectrum of the specialty,” said Joshua M. Adkinson, MD, associate professor of surgery and the fellowship program director. “Fellows will be given increased responsibility throughout the year and the opportunity to teach residents and medical students. Those who complete our fellowship program will be armed with expertise in the full scope of hand surgery and will gain a network of colleagues, mentors and friends.”

The curriculum will encompass six core competencies outlined by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medicine Education (ACGME), including medical knowledge, patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, systems-based practice and professionalism. It will also cover a variety of topics in a series of weekly conferences held jointly by the plastic surgery and orthopaedic surgery hand teams. A possible international surgical experience is also part of the programmatic planning for the fellowship.

Situated just minutes from downtown Indianapolis and in proximity to several life sciences companies and an active biotechnology research community, fellows will train at three facilities, including IU Health Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children and Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital.

The Hand Surgery Fellowship is one of 13 surgery fellowships offered by the Department of Surgery. For more information about the hand surgery fellowship program, including timelines, see the Hand Surgery Fellowship web page or contact Rhonda Gerding, program coordinator.

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IU School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the U.S. and is annually ranked among the top medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school offers high-quality medical education, access to leading medical research and rich campus life in nine Indiana cities, including rural and urban locations consistently recognized for livability.