hand fellows meet weekly with the entire hand team, initially from 7:00 -9:00 am to
review the core curriculum and cases for the upcoming week. As part of the weekly
meeting with Dr. Wiesler for reviewing the hand fellowship and progress, the
fellows will be expected to participate in a presentable research project
during the year for the NC/VA hand fellowship research symposium, as well as a
publishable paper after the completion of the fellowship. The fellows will have
access to the orthopedic research lab and personnel and support staff under the
supervision of Dr. Beth Smith.
This meeting provides a focus for research activities. Participation in this meeting by the hand fellow is expected in addition to the scheduled 8 hours of basic science time per week.
It is expected that fellows will do some research reading and work after hours, but it is recognized by the department that prime-time hours (9 am to 5 pm) should be kept free from patient care responsibilities and are necessary in order to perform meaningful research.
The hand fellows have been encouraged to develop and pursue independent projects and/or may participate in other ongoing research. Support includes time, space, computer/statistical aid, equipment, supplies, trained orthopaedic technicians to facilitate projects, and direct supervision by Dr. Beth Smith and the faculty. Fellows are expected to engage actively in:
- Anatomic dissections
- Clinical research
- Basic research
Fellows are expected to present their research at the annual alumni meeting in June/July and have a publication-ready project by the end of the fellowship.
It is anticipated that clinical emergencies will occur. The importance of protected research time is appreciated by the faculty and will be monitored closely in order to guarantee sufficient "prime-time" (9 am to 5 pm) laboratory/research experience. It is expected, however, that at the completion of the fellowship, each fellow will have satisfied the minimum RRC requirements for clinic and operative days. Departmental requirements include (at minimum) one article in publishable form by each fellow by the completion of the fellowship year.
Clinic hours, as mandated by the RRC include 49 weeks in training.
Our department allows for time away for vacation (3 weeks per year) and professional days (10 days per year) to be utilized for meetings, conferences or interviews. An annual stipend of $1,500 is provided to be utilized for any valid educational endeavor, as deemed appropriate by the fellowship director.