Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship Information


Application Information


1 year (August 1 to July 31)


University of Virginia Health System

Goals and Characteristics

The fellowship combines clinical, teaching, and research opportunities for orthopaedic surgeons interested in furthering their knowledge of the upper extremity. Training emphasizes traumatic, congenital, and acquired conditions of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow with exposure to traumatic and arthritic conditions of the shoulder. The Fellow will have operative experience including peripheral nerve disorders, congenital hand surgery, sports-related injuries of the upper extremity, microsurgery, arthroscopy, upper extremity joint replacement, and brachial plexus surgery.

Goals include:

1) Development of clinical expertise in diagnosis and management of disorders involving the upper extremity.

2) Refinement of clinical skills so new problems can be addressed based on pathophysiologic and patient-oriented information, allowing an appropriate course of action to be initiated.

3) Attainment of surgical expertise in traumatic, congenital, and acquired disorders of the upper extremity.

4) Exposure to research investigations including clinical review and outcomes, and basic science research.

These goals are attained through competency-based educational methods including instruction and formal research experience. The Fellow works with faculty on a rotating basis and also works with plastic surgery faculty for relevant experience in wound care and free-tissue transfer. Applicants from the United States must have completed an orthopaedic or plastic surgery residency and be Board-eligible or -certified. Applicants from outside the United States must have a current ECFMG certificate. This fellowship is one of two identical upper extremity fellowships offered at the University of Virginia, one is offered through the orthopaedic surgery department and one is through the plastic surgery department. Both positions are ACGME accredited. Applicants may apply to either fellowship (orthopaedic surgery or plastic surgery) and will be considered for both. Interviews for both positions are conducted together and 2 fellows total are selected per year. Rotations completed are identical and both fellows will work with members of the orthopaedic surgery faculty and plastic surgery faculty regardless of which fellowship they complete.

This fellowship participates in the NRMP match program.

Click here for more information on the Orthopaedic Surgery Hand and Upper Extremity Division

Cadaveric endoscopic carpal tunnel training with fellows.

Cadaveric endoscopic carpal tunnel training with fellows.


This fellowship is ACGME accredited.


Applicant Requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Four letters of recommendation
  • Medical School Diploma
  • Medical School Transcript
  • MSPE

Application Deadline

November 20, 2020

Interview Dates

  • February 1, 2021
  • February 2, 2021
  • February 3, 2021
  • February, 5, 2021

Our Success

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Contact Information

For additional questions, comments, or information, please contact:
Mindy Franke

Educational Programs Coordinator
University of Virginia
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
PO Box 800159
Charlottesville, VA 22908