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Senior Program Coordinator, Orthopaedic Hand Surgery Fellowship Program
Mrs. lvis Rodriguez
Phone: 305-482-4549
Email: irodrigu@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program. All of our categorical and advanced training class positions are filled through the NRMP. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applicants need to complete the Universal Hand Surgery Fellowship Application and upload this and all required documents to the American Society for Surgery of the Hand website, including a personal statement and applicable research documentation.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from September to January, although applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Well-qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Interviews are conducted from January to March.

Call Schedule

Call is taken from home and each fellow takes, on average, six days of call per month. Primary call at Jackson Memorial Hospital is taken by the Orthopaedic Surgery residents with the fellows available for operative consults. Fellows are also responsible for primary call approximately three of those six days at UHealth Tower and the VA Medical Center.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

900 N.W. 17th Street

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

3100 S.W. 62nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33155

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The Lennar Foundation Medical Center

5555 Ponce De Leon Boulevard

Coral Gables, FL 33146

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination prior to acceptance into the program. Applicants may be accepted into the program prior to completion of USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills and graduation from medical school. While they may be accepted prior to these accomplishments, no applicant will be allowed to begin the program unless they have successfully graduated from their medical school and have taken and passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK and 2 CS. Should these requirements not be completed by April 30 of the starting year, the offer of a fellowship position may be withdrawn

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of a successfully completed ACGME-accredited residency program in general, orthopedic or plastic surgery. All applicants must be board-eligible.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Hand Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) Fellowship

Mission & Vision

The mission of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Hand Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) Fellowship and UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics is to serve our patient population to the best of our ability with integrity and empathy, while we inspire the highest level of orthopedic hand and microvascular surgery education with grounded mentorship, uncompromising patient care and diverse surgical training.

Our training goals are to advance education and training in hand and microvascular surgery, while providing the highest quality medical and surgical care through a unique combination of charitable services; integrated learning and innovative research. Recognizing the critical importance of surgical competency; successful passage of board certification and securing an ideal job and position in the field, our department’s faculty strive to provide an ideal learning environment and educational opportunities for our fellows, residents and medical students.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Hand Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) Fellowship and UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedics is to serve our patient population to the best of our ability with integrity and empathy, while we inspire the highest level of orthopedic hand and microvascular surgery education with grounded mentorship, uncompromising patient care and diverse surgical training.

Our training goals are to advance education and training in hand and microvascular surgery, while providing the highest quality medical and surgical care through a unique combination of charitable services; integrated learning and innovative research. Recognizing the critical importance of surgical competency; successful passage of board certification and securing an ideal job and position in the field, our department’s faculty strive to provide an ideal learning environment and educational opportunities for our fellows, residents and medical students.

Program Director’s Welcome

We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to showing you what makes us so proud of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Hand Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) Fellowship Program. The fellowship offers two positions available to board-eligible general surgeons, plastic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons who wish for additional training in the evaluation and management of upper extremity conditions.

Trainees benefit from our-in-depth experience in the full breath of hand surgery, from the common to the complex. In addition to a busy clinical service, fellows will benefit from a comprehensive teaching curriculum, mentorship and research opportunities, as well as conference and educational stipends.

Jackson Memorial Hospital is a large, university-affiliated county hospital and is the perfect sponsor for your Hand Surgery Fellowship training. Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospitalis the largest Level I adult and pediatric trauma center in South Florida, and, as such, fellows gain outstanding experience in the management of burn, trauma and intensive care unit patients. We are also associated with several other hospitals and facilities to broaden your training experience, including, but not limited to, UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility; the ambulatory surgical center at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, continuously ranked the number one eye hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report; the approximately 890-bed Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, a 200,000-square-foot outpatient center on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus that provides easy healthcare access to leading physicians for students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

The surroundings in which you train are an important aspect of selecting a fellowship program and Miami is a wonderful place to both live and work. Situated in one of the world’s premier destinations, we invite you to come see for yourself why patients, faculty and students from across the country and world are drawn to Miami and the University of Miami/Jackson Health System.

-Patrick W. Owens, MD

Program Director’s Welcome

We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to showing you what makes us so proud of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Hand Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) Fellowship Program. The fellowship offers two positions available to board-eligible general surgeons, plastic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons who wish for additional training in the evaluation and management of upper extremity conditions.

Trainees benefit from our-in-depth experience in the full breath of hand surgery, from the common to the complex. In addition to a busy clinical service, fellows will benefit from a comprehensive teaching curriculum, mentorship and research opportunities, as well as conference and educational stipends.

Jackson Memorial Hospital is a large, university-affiliated county hospital and is the perfect sponsor for your Hand Surgery Fellowship training. Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospitalis the largest Level I adult and pediatric trauma center in South Florida, and, as such, fellows gain outstanding experience in the management of burn, trauma and intensive care unit patients. We are also associated with several other hospitals and facilities to broaden your training experience, including, but not limited to, UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility; the ambulatory surgical center at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, continuously ranked the number one eye hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report; the approximately 890-bed Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, a 200,000-square-foot outpatient center on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus that provides easy healthcare access to leading physicians for students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities and Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.

The surroundings in which you train are an important aspect of selecting a fellowship program and Miami is a wonderful place to both live and work. Situated in one of the world’s premier destinations, we invite you to come see for yourself why patients, faculty and students from across the country and world are drawn to Miami and the University of Miami/Jackson Health System.

-Patrick W. Owens, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

2

Duration of Fellowship?

1 year

Program Highlights

5,000+/- visits & 500 orthopedic procedures performed annually

Largest Level I adult & pediatric trauma center in South Florida

State-of-the-art research facility/high-fidelity patient simulators (Center for Patient Safety)

Clinical Experience

Year 1

Throughout the year, our program is based on Dr. Peter Stern’s lecture series. Fellows will participate in academic conferences; Grand Rounds; microvascular lab; monthly journal club and Monday morning lecture. These Monday morning didactic lectures have been carefully structured to cover the entire spectrum of hand surgery in a series of weekly conferences and are the joint responsibility of the fellows and faculty on the hand surgery service.
Fellows will be provided with several educational resources, including conference and educational stipends and access to the Louis Calder Memorial Library.
Additionally, each fellow is expected to participate in research during the year culminating in either a presentation at a national meeting or a publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Numerous opportunities are also available to participate in research projects with core faculty.

Your Faculty

Aaron Berger, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

David Chen, MD
Assistant Professor

Seth Dodds, MD
Associate Professor

Natalia Fullerton, MD, MS
Assistant Professor

Helen Hui-Chou, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor

Patrick Owens, MD
Director, Hand Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) Fellowship Program

Alumni Placements Include:

Academic Practice:
Baptist Health South Florida
University of California, San Francisco Fresno Medical Education Program
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Private Practice:
Benefis Health System
Hand & Plastic Surgery Centre, PLC
Kaiser Permanente Glenlake Comprehensive Specialty Center
MSK Group, PC
Orthopedic Center of Florida
Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, PC
Regional Plastic Surgery Center & Spa

Alumni Placements Include:

Academic Practice:
Baptist Health South Florida
University of California, San Francisco Fresno Medical Education Program
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Private Practice:
Benefis Health System
Hand & Plastic Surgery Centre, PLC
Kaiser Permanente Glenlake Comprehensive Specialty Center
MSK Group, PC
Orthopedic Center of Florida
Orthopaedic Surgical Associates, PC
Regional Plastic Surgery Center & Spa