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Graduate medical education in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic

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The Hand Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, is structured to provide you with the experience and resources to develop into ethical and competent hand surgeons, but more importantly to become leaders in your community. The program consists of a preceptor-style format where you work one-on-one with faculty members, designed to foster mentorship and facilitate autonomous practice.

Program highlights include:

  • A robust curriculum with many extra-curricular learning opportunities
  • Diverse, world-renowned faculty who are leaders in an array of areas
  • Exceptional resources for clinical and basic science research
  • Domestic and international outreach opportunities
  • A high volume of outpatient and surgical experiences

The strength of the program is the depth and diversity of the nationally recognized faculty from both orthopedic surgery and plastic surgery, combined with the breadth and variety of surgical pathology that fellows are exposed to. After a year of training, you will be well-prepared to succeed in private practice or in academia with unending support from the tremendous network of Mayo Clinic hand surgery alumni as you transition into independent practice.

Hand Surgery Fellowship

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Hand Surgery Fellowship

Mayo Clinic surgeons in an operating room performing hand surgery.

Your training experience

As a fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

Peter Rhee, D.O., M.S.


The program fulfills the training requirements as defined by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


After successfully completing your primary board certification requirements and this fellowship, you will be eligible to take one of the subspecialty certificates for added qualification in hand surgery examinations offered through the:

Program history

The Hand Surgery Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, began in 1972. Since that time, over 170 physicians have completed training. We anticipate that four trainees will complete this program annually.

Mayo Clinic faculty and alumni have held prominent positions in professional societies including four past presidents of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) and 10 recipients of the prestigious Sterling Bunnell Traveling Fellowship through the ASSH.

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