Hand Fellowship Program

Hand Fellows
Hand Fellow Alumni (center, left to right):
Drs. Karim Bakri, Shelley Noland, Jennifer Hsu and Bret Peterson
at Summit in Seattle 2013

ABOUT

The University of Washington Hand Surgery Program covers the affiliated University hospitals, which include the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Children's Hospital Medical Center.

The Hand Surgery Program is a cooperative effort by the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Division of Plastic Surgery. Residents from both Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery also take part in the Hand Surgery Program.

The UW Hand Surgery Fellowship is a fully accredited program that involves four fellows. They complete a 12-month program that begins August 1st. The fellowship is in the national resident match program. The salary is $62,664 annually, and the benefits are full health care and life insurance. The fellows rotate at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, and Children's Medical Center. Harborview Medical Center is a Level One Trauma Center where the experience focuses on upper extremity trauma. The University of Washington is a referral source for many conditions, such as arthritis, and provides care for Husky athletes. Children's Hospital and Medical Center provides an outstanding experience in the treatment of congenital hand deformities and pediatric hand injuries.

The Program includes four Hand Surgery Fellows per year in an accredited program in a program that is accredited by the Resident Review Committee. The Program of Accreditation allows the Hand Surgery Fellow at the University of Washington to qualify for the Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand Surgery. The goal of the Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at the University of Washington is to teach the basic science related to the normal function of pathology of the upper extremity, peripheral nervous system, and microcirculation. Candidates participating in this program are expected to master a clinical knowledge of the basic diagnosis and treatment methods in Hand Surgery. These methods include the rehabilitation for problems related to upper extremity as well as surgical treatment. The faculty strives to provide the best training program possible to help prepare graduates in Hand Surgery for competitive positions in academic or community practice. Candidates will be well versed in all aspects of Hand Surgery, including Trauma, Reconstruction, Management of Pediatric; Management of Congenital Hand problems as well as microvascular surgery with replantation and free tissue transfer.

The Hand Surgery Fellowship began in 1990 at the University of Washington. The Fellowship begins on August 1st and ends on July 31st. The Fellowship is designed to begin one month after the completion of the Residency Program in Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, or General Surgery in order to allow candidates time to prepare for oral or written Boards as required by their primary residency program. All positions at the University of Washington Hand Fellowship are matched through the NRMP, which stands for the National Resident Match Program. The Hand and Microvascular Surgery Program is a participating member of the Comprehensive Arthritis Program available to the University of Washington. By integrating the Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship with the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship Program at the University of Washington, a combined experience in Hand Surgery as well as Shoulder and Elbow experience is provided in order to provide a comprehensive program for the entire upper extremity.

Hand Fellows
Hand Fellow Alumni (center, left to right):
Drs. Andrew Watt, Lucie Krenek, Stephen Kennedy
and Jason Ko,  with Drs. Jerry Huang (far left)
and Doug Hanel (far right)
at Summit in Seattle 2012
Hand Fellows
Hand Fellow Alumni (center, left to right):
Drs. Jennifer Hsu, Shelley Noland,
Karim Bakri and Bret Peterson
on Dr. Vedder's boat, 2012