Founded in 1990 by internationally renowned surgeon Graham D. Lister, MD, the primary goal of the hand fellowship at the University of Utah is a commitment to train and educate the best future practitioners and leaders in the field of hand an upper extremity surgery.
Four full-time hand surgeons form the faculty and provide a diverse and focused experience for each fellow. Graduates from this program will be exposed to a comprehensive program that includes both a wide variety of upper extremity pathologies and cutting edge techniques for treatment of disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow. Past fellows have gone on to excel in both academic and private arenas.
Fellowship positions: Two
Duration: One year, August 1–July 31
Director: Douglas T. Hutchinson, MD
ACGME Accredited Fellowship
The educational goals of the program are to provide world-class training for two fellows annually that includes elective adult hand procedures, congenital and pediatric hand surgery, as well as microsurgery and major upper extremity trauma.
Surgical procedures performed by the faculty in the hand section include cases from fingertips to the mid-shaft humerus, brachial plexus and soft tissue coverage for the entire body, with a balanced caseload of over 2500 cases per year per fellow. For fellows desiring a shoulder experience, surgeons are available to help facilitate those requests.
The fellows work at the following locations, which are all conveniently located on the University of Utah campus:
- University of Utah Orthopedic Center (UUOC) – a high-volume primarily outpatient surgery center
- University of Utah Hospital – one of two Level-1 trauma centers in Utah
- Primary Children’s Hospital – the only pediatric hospital in the Intermountain West
- Veteran’s Administration Hospital
- Shriner’s Hospital for Children
The on-call hand team includes junior and senior residents as the first call and averages one day per week and one weekend per month.
Academically, each fellow is expected to participate in clinical or bench research and must complete one publishable project during the year. An excellent biomechanics lab, a robust clinical outcomes database, the Utah Population Database and the Harold and Kaye Dunn Orthopaedic library support this. There is scheduled time for research.
Formal weekly educational curriculum include the following: Tuesday case / didactic conference, Wednesday Grand Rounds, Thursday Journal Club, a Friday upper extremity cadaver course and a quarterly citywide case conference. A microvascular training lab is available, and we sponsor attendance at a one-week microvascular training course to be done before or early in fellowship. Resident education is expected. There are also opportunities for international volunteer work.
Overall, the University of Utah Hand Fellowship offers a broad and well-balanced curriculum that has an established tradition of preparing our graduates for long and successful careers in upper extremity surgery.