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Hand Surgery

Program Type: Military Medical Center

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Accredited: Yes, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Program Length: 1 year

Required Pre-Requisite Training: Orthopedic Residency Program PGY5 level with approval

Categorical Year in Specialty Required: No

Total Approved Complement: 2

Approved per Year (if applicable): N/A

Dedicated research year offered: No

Medical Student Rotation availability: No

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH): No

Program Phone Number: 301-295-4290

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Program Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Program Description

The Walter Reed Hand Surgery Fellowship is one of only two orthopaedic fellowships in the U.S. military. This 12-month program trains two fellows per year, and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Both fellowships begin on August 1 of the year of their academic hand surgery fellowship appointment.

Six months of training occurs at the Union Memorial Hospital Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, Maryland, under the direct supervision of over a dozen experienced hand surgeons with orthopaedic and plastic surgery backgrounds. During this portion of the year, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) fellowship trains amongst the Union Memorial hand surgery fellows. The eclectic combination of surgeons, fellows, hand therapists, and patients makes the experience truly unique and broadens the fellow’s repertoire of surgical technique and philosophy.

The hand surgery fellow spends the next six months at the WRNMMC a worldwide tertiary referral center for conditions of the upper extremity. The hand surgery fellow participates in orthopaedic resident education through direct supervision of residents and by providing didactic lectures on care of the upper extremity. The WRNMMC fellow is the focal point in the planning and performing of all hand surgery activities at WRNMMC. The fellow also performs surgery with WRNMMC hand surgery faculty at two outpatient surgery facilities. During this six month rotation, one day a week is typically spent at Fairfax Hospital of Virginia and Childrens' National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. to broaden the fellow experience in treatment of pediatric and congenital differences of the upper extremity. This experience is under the direction of board certified hand surgeons with pediatric hand surgery training.

The WRNMMC hand surgery fellow is exposed to the full breadth of hand pathology, including complex war and industrial injuries, acute high- and low-energy trauma, post-traumatic conditions, congenital differences, disorders from repetitive motion and overuse, and arthritic deformities.

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Orthopaedic Hand Surgery Fellowship

Location: Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center, America Building, 2nd Floor

Hours of Operation:

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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