Welcome to the Baptist Health South Florida Orthopedic Hand Surgery Fellowship located in Miami, Florida. This ACGME-accredited program will welcome our first class August 2023.

The goal of this one-year fellowship program is to provide a concentrated educational experience in upper extremity surgery of a wide range of patients of all ages including new born to 100+ year old with acute and chronic hand and upper extremity conditions. Our experienced faculty with teach fellows in the treatment of fractures, wrist instability, nerve and vascular repair, sports injuries, complex hand/wrist/elbow/shoulder reconstruction, arthroscopy, microsurgery, and orthopedic oncology. Fellows will be active in the operating room performing robust number of procedures and will participate in average of 700 surgical cases every year.

Outside of the operating room, fellows will care for a wide variety of patients and work hand-in-hand with the fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic, hand and plastic surgeons from Baptist Health Orthopedic Care. Care includes weekly clinics in our state-of-the-art orthopedic center, inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, pre- and post-operative exams and consultations, trauma cases, and rehabilitation.

In addition to community patients, fellows will care for athletes of all levels. Our orthopedic group provides unique year-round coverage for numerous high schools, colleges including Florida International University Athletics, Barry University, and St. Thomas University and the professional sports teams including Miami Dolphins (NFL), Miami HEAT (NBA), Florida Panthers (NHL), Inter Miami (MLS), and Miami FC Soccer (USLC). We are also the official sports medicine provider for high-profile sporting events that include Miami Open Tennis Tournament, Miami Marathon & Half Marathon, Miami Triathlon, Capital One Orange Bowl, and Miami Beach Bowl.

Program Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) ID: 2631126001

Program Size

2 fellows each year

Program Highlights

  • Fellows will participate in biomechanical and clinical research. Research projects are encouraged and protected time for these scholarly activities are built into the weekly schedule. The program provides personnel, financial support, and a fully functional Bio-Skills lab to facilitate research projects. The dedicated lab allows the fellows to supplement their training on open and arthroscopic procedures as well as complete field-testing for new products on cadaver specimens.

  • Miami is an ideal location for a fellow to learn and practice sports medicine. Baptist Health Orthopedic Care provides unique year-round coverage opportunities for a wide variety of high school, collegiate and professional sports teams. Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is the official sports medicine provider for:

    Professional Sports and Venue Partners

    • Florida Panthers (NHL)
    • Inter Miami CF (MLS)
    • Miami Dolphins (NFL)
    • Miami FC Soccer (USLC)
    • Miami Heat (NBA)

    University and School Athletics Partners

    • Barry University
    • Florida Atlantic University
    • Florida International University
    • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    • St. Thomas University

    Event and Tournament Partners

    • Gulfstream Park racetrack
    • Miami Beach Bowl
    • Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
    • Miami Open Tennis
    • Orange Bowl



Featured Training Sites

Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute

Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute

The nationally recognized Baptist Health Orthopedic Institute is a multi-site practice with locations across South Florida, offering comprehensive orthopedic services including sports medicine, foot and ankle, hand, adult reconstruction and trauma care to community members and professional athletes. The staff of renowned sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons – backed by the most advanced technology and comprehensive rehabilitation programs – brings a total team approach to each patient’s care. The program serves the Miami HEAT, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Inter Miami CF, Orange Bowl, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Athletics, Miami Open Tennis and Miami Marathon & Half Marathon.

Doctors Hospital

Doctors Hospital

Doctors Hospital, located in the heart of historic Coral Gables, has provided high-quality medical care since 1949. The 281-bed, acute care facility is recognized for its services in orthopedics, sports medicine, general surgery, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, geriatrics, intensive care and a state-of-the-art Emergency Department.

Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

The Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center is a new, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center located in the Medical Arts Building at Doctors Hospital. It is fully dedicated to orthopedic procedures and includes 4,500 square feet of the world’s most advanced and efficient operating room suites. Two of the four operating rooms have windows for viewing capabilities and student observation.

Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital

The flagship facility of Baptist Health South Florida, Baptist Hospital of Miami has been one of the most respected medical centers in South Florida since its founding in 1960 and is today one of America’s most preferred medical centers. With more than 700 beds, it is the largest of Baptist Health’s 11 hospitals. Three Centers of Excellence are housed on the campus: Miami Cancer Institute, Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region) and Miami Neuroscience Institute. Baptist Hospital has earned Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. It is also certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and received the Gold Seal of Approval for consistently meeting high national standards of stroke care.



Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Board-eligible graduate of an ACGME-accredited residency program in orthopedic surgery, general surgery, or plastic surgery
  • Must be eligible to be granted an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Florida

Application Requirements

  • ASSH Universal Hand Surgery Fellowship Application
  • CV listing all scholarly activity (publications/presentations)
  • Personal statement
  • 3 exam score documents
  • Three letters of reference (signed, and on letterhead). One letter must be from a hand surgeon familiar with your work. One letter must be from the director of your residency training program
  • Medical school transcript
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply?
    American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • When are applications accepted? September through November
  • When are candidate interviews? November through January
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? May via NRMP
  • When does the program start? August

Curriculum

Fellows will spend at least 3 days in the operating room, one and a half days in clinic, and a half day dedicated to research time each week.

Longitudinal Experiences

Our program incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.

Rotations

  • Fellows will perform orthopedic cases in the ambulatory surgical center and hospital operating room.

    Doctors Hospital has recently opened a state of the art Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) incorporated in the Medical Arts Building on the 4th floor. It is fully dedicated to orthopedic procedures with 4,500 square feet of one of the world’s most advanced and efficient operating room suites. Two of the four operating rooms have windows for viewing capabilities and student observations, and there are fully integrated, live operating room viewing capabilities throughout the building.

    Doctors Hospital provides ten large surgical suites outfitted with the latest orthopedic surgical technology. It also has a dedicated orthopedic inpatient ward that offers patients exceptional care in private rooms for those requiring an overnight stay. The fellow will work alongside orthopedic nurse practitioners, physical and occupational therapists, and an array of ancillary staff to enhance patient care. Cerner will be utilized as the EMR to allow for continuity of care between the outpatient office and the inpatient setting.

  • Fellows will spend between one and one and a half days in clinic evaluating patients with musculoskeletal injuries. Fellows will evaluate patients prior to surgery and follow them throughout their post-op care. Our 49,000-square-foot recently renovated outpatient facility consists of three floors of physician clinics with 42 exam rooms. The new pod concept with “touchdown” staff work areas will allow clinical teams to collaborate across subspecialties. Physician offices includes a dedicated Fellow’s Office. During clinic, the allied health professionals that include PA’s (Physicians Assistants), ATC’s (Certified Athletic Trainers), and MA’s (Medical Assistants) support physicians. Our practice currently uses Cerner electronic medical records (EMR) and fellows will receive specialized training in this system as part of their onboarding.

  • Fellows will actively participate in their own original research as well multiple ongoing projects. Fellows will be supported with their research from Certified Clinical Research Coordinators, volunteers, and a Research and Education Coordinator with a PhD. Other resources will include the medical library and a BioSkills Lab.

    The BioSkills Lab will be an integral part of the educational program and will provide a simulated surgical setting that allows our physicians to conduct hands-on cadaveric evaluations, surgical education, research studies, and clinical trials. The lab has broadcast capabilities for a seamless learning experience.

    Fellows will receive a laptop and a dedicated office space to use during their fellowship year that will assist with their research projects.

  • Faculty members and fellow will participate in the program’s didactic education. Conferences will be held in the conference room located in the Medical Arts Building at Doctors Hospital.

    • Lecture series: Every Monday at 6:30 am, faculty, fellows, and allied health professionals will meet for teaching conferences. Presenters will vary each week and will include the program director, program faculty, and physical and occupational therapists who will lead some weekly conferences.
    • Journal Club: Every month, faculty and fellows will meet to discuss various topics from the Journal of Hand Surgery and other relevant peer reviewed publications, both current and classic (i.e., Stern Selected Readings in Hand Surgery). Presenter will vary each month and will include the program director, program faculty, and fellows themselves who will lead some journal club.
    • Case Review Conference & M&M: Case review will be presented once a month, either from our own interesting cases or case reports from the literature. Cases will vary each month and the presenters will include program director, program faculty, and fellows.
    • BioSkills Lab: Hand Fellowship – surgical techniques hands on cadaver lab the third Friday of every month with one faculty member. Duration: 3 hours each.
    • Videos: Fellows will use the ASSH Hand 50 videos that represent the topics that all Hand Fellows should know well. These videos are available to augment the formal education of a Fellowship program. Some topics are covered by more than one lecturer, this is intentional to give Fellows a broad perspective.
  • The primary purpose of Rehabilitation Services will be to provide assessment, therapeutic treatment, and education to patients and their family members. The rehabilitation plan is designed to promote health, restore function, and improve overall life-style. Fellows will collaborate directly with physical therapists and ATC’s.

  • Each year, fellows will participate as instructors for the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Musculoskeletal Course. This course will allow them to develop and hone their skills as they teach 4th year medical students.

Elective Experiences

We offer elective learning experiences, including:
Pediatrics
Trauma
Elbow/Shoulder sports Medicine

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