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Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship

With nine full-time hand and upper extremity faculty in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Department of Orthopaedics, there is an abundance of opportunity for clinical and academic activity for both fellows. Fellows are immersed in the full spectrum of hand and upper extremity surgery through a rigorous clinical and academic experience. The fellows split their time between Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedics and work directly with the faculty in the preoperative evaluation and diagnosis of patients with hand problems in the clinic setting to gain understanding for indications for treatment, as well as longitudinal follow-up. There is a high volume of surgical cases, including surgery for trauma (such as fractures of the fingers, hand, and wrist, soft tissue injuries, revascularization, and replantation), burns, nerve compression, tenosynovitis, arthritis, brachial plexus injuries, microsurgical reconstruction, cancer, and congenital hand anomalies. Although not formal components of a hand fellowship curriculum, there are opportunities for education and clinical work regarding elbow and shoulder pathology as well.

Accreditation and General Information

The Yale University Combined Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship is listed under Plastic Surgery - Hand Surgery, located in Connecticut, in the ACGME program search. The 10-digit ACGME program number is 3630831027.

  • Program Format: Standard
  • Program Requires Prior or Additional GME Training: Yes
  • Number of Prior or Additional Years Required: 5
  • Program Requires Dedicated Research Year: No
  • Government Affiliation: No military or government affiliation
  • Number of Positions: 2

Application Information


  • Completion of ACGME accredited residency or its Canadian equivalent in surgery, plastic surgery, or orthopedic surgery.
  • Graduates of residency programs outside of the United States or Canada cannot be considered.



  • Applications are made at least 16 months prior to matriculation
  • Application deadline: November 15
  • Interviews will be held in February

Fellowship Director Information