Contact Us

Senior Program Manager, Division of Education
Zusel Matos, MHSA
Phone: 305-585-1280
Email: zmatos@miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
The Hand Surgery (Plastic Surgery) Fellowship Program match is managed by the National Resident Matching Program; however, all applications are received through the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Fellowship System. This application platform is not connected in any way with the NRMP. Candidates need to separately register for the match and create a match list with the NRMP.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the American Society for Surgery of the Hand Fellowship System.

Deadline:
Please refer to ASSH dates/timelines for application open dates. Interviews are conducted from January to March.

Call Schedule

Each fellow will take home call one week per month.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

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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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3 or all steps of the Comprehensive Medical Licensing Examination prior to the start of the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of an MD or DO degree from an institution accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association.

All required clinical education must be completed in an ACGME-accredited residency program, or in a residency program accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or College of Family Physicians of Canada. Prerequisite education must be completed in a general surgery, orthopaedic surgery or plastic surgery program that must be accredited by the ACGME or RCPSC.

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 (Plastic Surgery) Fellowship

Mission & Vision

The mission of our Hand Surgery (Plastic Surgery) Fellowship is for fellows to master the clinical knowledge of the basic diagnosis and treatment methods in hand surgery. Our goal is for fellows to be competent in the knowledge of the practice of hand surgery, to carry out this practice in a professional and ethical manner, to develop skills for continuing and self-reflective education in the field of hand surgery and to understand hand surgery in the context of the healthcare system in which they will practice.

Mission & Vision

The mission of our Hand Surgery (Plastic Surgery) Fellowship is for fellows to master the clinical knowledge of the basic diagnosis and treatment methods in hand surgery. Our goal is for fellows to be competent in the knowledge of the practice of hand surgery, to carry out this practice in a professional and ethical manner, to develop skills for continuing and self-reflective education in the field of hand surgery and to understand hand surgery in the context of the healthcare system in which they will practice.

Program Director’s Welcome

Jackson Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, provides the highest quality, cost-effective, patient-centric care.

Program Director’s Welcome

Jackson Memorial Hospital, in affiliation with the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, provides the highest quality, cost-effective, patient-centric care.

In line with this principle of providing top-notch and accessible services, the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Hand Surgery (Plastic Surgery) Fellowship offers a personalized and unparalleled experience for our fellows. Fellows will be exposed to both skeletal and soft tissue aspects of adult and pediatric hand surgery, including microsurgery, arthroscopy and minimally invasive techniques. This is accomplished in an academic setting where our faculty provides a perfect balance of supervision and autonomy as to optimize both patient safety and the finest learning.

-Zubin J. Panthaki, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

2

Duration of Fellowship?

1 year

Program Highlights

1-month rotation at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

950+/- cases annually

2001 program inception

Clinical Experience

Year 1

This one-year fellowship emphasizes staged complex reconstruction of the upper extremity. The majority of the experiences are acquired at the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center with some simultaneous private practice exposure at UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility. Our emphasis during this nine-to-10-month rotation is on musculoskeletal fixation from the distal radius to the fingertip and soft tissue work from the elbow to the fingertip. One to two months of further exposure are obtained on the orthopaedic hand service where fellows are exposed to extensive trauma and soft tissue infection export cases. One month is spent at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital with exposure to pediatric hand surgery.

Assigned Rotations

Hand Rotation (VA Medical Center) – 10 months
Orthopaedic Hand Service (UHealth Tower) – 1 month
Pediatrics (Nicklaus Children’s Hospital) – 1 month

Additional fellowship experiences include, but are not limited to:

Aesthetic Rotation:
Chief Residents have an opportunity to rotate through private offices of a number of our voluntary faculty. This gives the opportunity to participate more in aesthetic surgery and practice business development.

Haiti Rotation:
In collaboration with Project Medishare, the division has a voluntary surgical mission quarterly to perform primarily cleft lip/palate procedures.

Laser Experience:
To increase the residents’ experience on lasers, Dr. Mark Nestor’s office is available for our residents. Arrangements should be confirmed with the plastic surgery program director.

Mentoring System:
The large and diverse faculty offers very broad training as well as opportunities for clinical, research and career mentorship. The University of Miami/Jackson Health System uniquely provides each resident an assigned staff member from the full-time or voluntary faculty to enhance each individual’s growth and development as a plastic surgeon. The goal of this mentoring system is for each resident to develop an ongoing relationship with an experienced faculty member in order to discuss any individual concerns and progress, and to obtain appropriate advice and guidance in a casual, non- stressful environment. In addition, the mentor may assist in eventual practice development and career choices. This faculty member will support the resident throughout the training program.

Your Faculty

Wrood Kassira, MD
Associate Professor

Anne-Sophie Lessard, MD
Assistant Professor

John C. Oeltjen, MD, Phd
Associate Professor

Zubin J. Panthaki, MD
Director, Hand Surgery (Plastic Surgery) Fellowship; Plastic Surgery – Independent Fellowship; Plastic Surgery – Integrated Residency and Microsurgery Fellowship programs
Professor

Alumni Placements Include:

Kaiser Permanente
University of Miami

Alumni Placements Include:

Kaiser Permanente
University of Miami