Clinical training

Clinical training in the Adult Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship includes outpatient evaluation and hospital activities. Areas of specialized training focus on open and arthroscopic treatment of patients.

Rotations concentrate on shoulder reconstruction, elbow reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy and elbow arthroscopy. Participation in trauma-related activities is encouraged and facilitated.

The fellowship provides balanced exposure to shoulder and elbow problems, and the rotation schedule can be adjusted based on each fellow's anticipated needs and previous background and training.

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the Adult Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities:

  • Thursday morning upper extremity case conference (fellow is responsible for organizing and presenting cases)
  • Thursday morning journal club
  • Monday morning Orthopedic Grand Rounds
  • Multiple other teaching conferences in both basic science (biomechanics, gait analysis, tissue engineering, cartilage and soft tissue) and clinical topics that may interest you

You are also provided a detailed reading list to be completed throughout the year, as well as some shoulder and elbow textbooks.

Research training

Research is a prominent part of the Adult Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship, enhanced by carefully monitored patient registries and close cooperation with the basic science laboratories, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, and medical illustrators.

Call frequency

There is no in-house call schedule.

Teaching opportunities

Teaching opportunities may be available when a medical student or junior resident is assigned to certain services, as well as during teaching conferences.


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Adult Upper Extremity Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship. Each quarter, the consultants complete two core competency forms about your performance, along with an evaluation form. These are shared with you at the end of the quarter and then filed away permanently.

The program director also meets with each fellow semiannually to discuss progress during the year and address concerns that may arise.

July 28, 2014