The Hand Surgery Fellowship is administered in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery with a liaison in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The hand service at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, handles approximately 25,000 outpatient visits and 3,400 surgical procedures a year. Approximately 5,000 new patients are seen each year. There is an active microvascular surgical service in both trauma and elective microsurgical cases working in close cooperation with orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery.
Currently, the Hand Surgery Fellowship has 11 full-time hand surgeons, all of whom are involved in your fellowship training.
Mayo Clinic's hand surgery clinical outpatient facility consists of 12 examination rooms, one cast room and one splint room with three full-time technicians. A hand therapy assessment unit and treatment areas are provided in conjunction with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Clinic hours are all day Monday through Friday, with alternating clinical and surgical days for each surgeon (one week the consultant is in the clinic Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with surgery on Tuesday and Thursday, reversing the following week). The Brachial Plexus Clinic is held for one half-day each week and is staffed by two hand surgeons, a neurosurgeon and support staff, including physician assistants and therapists.
Hand surgery is performed at both the Methodist campus and the Saint Marys campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester. Surgical categories include post-traumatic reconstruction as well as treatment of congenital, paralytic, arthritic, infectious, tumorous and other acquired conditions affecting the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and brachial plexus. Added experience in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital hand differences is available through the Shriners Hospitals in Minneapolis and Philadelphia.
Interested fellows may participate in the hand care of athletic injuries involving local schools and the junior college, including attendance at games and practices.
The Hand Surgery Fellowship offers access to the educational features of the large postgraduate training center at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Close liaison is maintained with the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Department of Radiology, and the Biomechanics Laboratory. Research projects with each of these departments are available, as are projects in the Biomechanics Laboratory with clinical applications.
Advisers and mentors
You are assigned a faculty adviser who can provide comprehensive educational advice and personal support. Your adviser also serves as a contact point, introducing you and your family to Rochester and the Mayo Clinic system.
Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They present their work during lectures and participate in hospital rounds. You are encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.