CONSIDERING A CAREER IN HAND SURGERY by murplelake78

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									CONSIDERING A CAREER IN
    HAND SURGERY?


   A Guide for Medical Students
  WHAT IS THE REQUIRED
     RESIDENCY AND
FELLOWSHIP TRAINING FOR
    A HAND SURGEON?
    Completion of a residency in:
ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY(5 YEARS) or
PLASTIC SURGERY(5-7 YEARS) or
GENERAL SURGERY (5 YEARS)
    Plus a one year fellowship in:
HAND SURGERY
WHAT RESIDENCY TRAINING DO
MOST HAND SURGEONS OBTAIN
   PRIOR TO THEIR HAND
       FELLOWSHIP?
 • Residency training for current American
   Society for Surgery of the Hand Members:
   – Orthopaedic Surgery 75%
   – Plastic Surgery     20%
   – General Surgery       5%
    HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO
   OBTAIN A HAND SURGERY
        FELLOWSHIP?

While all fellowship positions were filled in the most
  recent(2005) match, in general, there are more
         positions than qualified applicants.
      WHAT TYPES OF HAND
  SURGERY ARE LEARNED IN A
     HAND FELLOWSHIP?
• Trauma Surgery of the Hand and Wrist(including
  replantation)
• Congenital Differences
• Microvascular Surgery
• Arthritis Surgery(Both Rheumatoid and
  Osteoarthritis)
• Reconstructive Wrist Surgery
• Peripheral Nerve Surgery
      IS THERE BOARD
   CERTIFICATION IN HAND
          SURGERY?

The Certificate of Added Qualifications in Hand
 Surgery (CAQHS) is the equivalent of Board
         Certification in Hand Surgery
    HOW DOES A SURGEON
     OBTAIN A CAQHS?
• Board Certification in Orthopaedic Surgery,
  Plastic Surgery, or General Surgery
• Completion of a One Year Fellowship in
  Hand Surgery
• Submission of One Year’s Case List with
  cases in six of nine core areas
• Satisfactory score on the CAQHS exam
    HOW DIFFICULT WILL IT BE
    TO FIND A JOB AS A HAND
      SURGEON AFTER MY
           TRAINING?
The job market for Hand Surgeons has been stable for
   many years. There are always many more job
openings per year than the number of Hand Surgery
     Fellows who are completing their training.

								
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