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Hand Surgery Fellowship Program

The Yale School of Medicine / Yale New Haven Hospital Hand Fellowship is listed under Plastic Surgery - Hand Surgery, located in Connecticut, in the ACGME program search. The 10-digit ACGME program number is (363) 083-1027.

The Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship at Yale is a comprehensive 1-year training program in hand and microsurgery. The fellow is immersed in the full spectrum of hand and microsurgery through a rigorous clinical and academic experience. The fellow works directly with Dr. Thomson in the preoperative evaluation and diagnosis of patients with hand problems in the clinic setting and gains an understanding for surgical and nonsurgical indications for treatment. There is a high volume of surgical cases that the hand fellow directly participates in. These include surgery for trauma (including fractures of the fingers, hand, and wrist, soft tissue injuries, revascularization, and replantation), burns, nerve compression, tenosynovitis, arthritis, brachial plexus injuries, cancer, and congenital hand anomalies. They also include microsurgical reconstruction of defects of the extremities, trunk, head and neck. The fellow works closely with Dr. Thomson in the post-operative care and rehabilitation of the patient.

The fellow is actively involved in the busy clinical practice of hand and microsurgery but is also involved in various academic pursuits within hand and microsurgery. There is a biweekly hand conference through the section of plastic surgery where the hand fellow is an active participant and moderator. There is a Microsurgery lab where the hand fellow has the ability to practice and teach microsurgical skills to residents and students as well as conduct independent research. The fellow has access to an Instron machine to research the effects of various tendon manipulations as well as a series of cadaveric hands and forearms. The fellow is encouraged to prepare one publication-worthy research project in hand and microsurgery to present at the Annual Yale Plastic Surgery Resident Research Day held in May. The fellow is financially supported by the section of plastic surgery to attend an annual meeting of one of the major American hand surgery societies (ASSH or AAHS). Finally the fellow meets with Dr. Thomson on a monthly basis to discuss and review a topic in hand surgery.

The fellowship is fully accredited by the ACGME and graduates of the fellowship are eligible to sit for the Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery examination. The fellowship is an outstanding opportunity to enhance one's expertise as a hand surgeon.

Accreditation and General Information

  • 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: 1

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.


  • Universal Hand Application
  • Two Letters of Reference

Deadlines (applications are made at least 16 months prior to matriculation):

  • January 31
  • Interviews will be held at the end of February