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Didactic training

Highlights of the program include an advanced hand and wrist anatomy course (one week), flap and microvascular surgery course (one week), and open access to the cadaveric surgical skills lab for independent learning. In addition, many extracurricular events are held throughout the year to promote your professional growth, encourage mentorship with the faculty, and build camaraderie within the division

Teaching conferences include:


  • Monday morning — general orthopedic fracture conferences (mandatory when a hand topic is presented, otherwise optional)
  • Tuesday morning — hand and peripheral nerve journal club
  • Wednesday morning — case-based discussion
  • Thursday morning — program director mentorship session/ultrasound course
  • Friday morning —Division of Hand Surgery didactic conferences where interesting cases and a 30-minute hand topic are presented by hand fellows, residents or staff


  • Professionalism and career development discussions, typically held at a faculty member's home in a socially relaxed setting, to educate you on how to succeed in your career and to gain stability and satisfaction in your life outside of medicine
  • Advanced surgical techniques in cadaver lab sessions to provide hands-on education on various specialized procedures including those that were described and popularized at Mayo Clinic, including:

    • Free vascularized medial femoral condyle bone grafting for scaphoid nonunion with collapse and avascular necrosis
    • Distal radioulnar ligament reconstruction for instability
    • Free functioning muscle transfer for brachial plexus reconstruction
    • Arthroscopic ulnotriquetral ligament split tear repair