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HULC Upper Extremity Surgery Clinical Fellowship
Goal: To provide the highest quality clinical and research fellowship, covering all aspects of upper extremity surgery to qualified applicants who have graduated from diverse surgical specialties.
Academic affiliation: Divisions of Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.
Physical facilities: 1. Primary Hospital: St. Joseph’s Health Care, London, Ontario. Secondary Hospital: Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. 2. Offsite clinics: Spinal cord injury clinic, Parkwood Hospital, London, Ontario. Children's congenital upper extremity disorder clinic, Thames Valley Children’s Centre, London, Ontario. Multidisciplinary Brachial plexus and Peripheral nerve clinic, St. Mary's Hospital, London, Ontario. Amputee Clinic, Parkwood Hospital, London, Ontario.
Length of Fellowship: 12 months
Starting date: July 1
Maximum number of fellows per year:4
Organization of the Fellowship: Usually, the Fellow will rotate through 4 three-month rotations. These are roughly divided into: shoulder, shoulder/elbow, and wrist/hand rotations. There is room for adaptation to personal clinical interests and needs of the Fellow. The Fellow will have gradually increasing responsibilities and at the end of the Fellowship will work at the level of a junior attending physician. Clinical supervision is by 8 Royal College of Surgeons of Canada certified Orthopaedic surgeons and 4 Royal College of Surgeons of Canada certified Plastic surgeons.
Clinical responsibilities of the Fellow:
1. Attend clinics at St. Joseph’s Health Care and affiliated clinics.
2. Participate in surgery of the attending staff, both elective and emergent.
3. Second call responsibilities. First call responsibilities are shared between residents in Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Emergency Medicine. Fellows may be responsible for occasional first call duties.
4. Ward rounds and duties in conjunction with residents and attending staff
5. Completion of medical records in a timely fashion.
6. Contribute to the education of housestaff and students.
Academic responsibilities of the Fellow:
1. Attend and participate in upper extremity conferences.
2. Attend and participate in Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds.
3. Attend assigned clinics and operating rooms.
4. Participate in at least two basic sciences and clinical research projects and or book chapters. This work should ultimately be presented by the fellow at the Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand Annual Meeting, or another national or international meeting. This work should be of publishable quality. For an overview of our research programs, click here.
1. Use of UWO Medical Library and its facilities.
2. 24-hour access to the R.M. McFarlane medical library at SJHC.
3. Access to media services at SJHC.
4. Use of departmental computers.
5. Microsurgery skills learning centre, SJHC.
6. Arthroscopy skills learning centre, SJHC.
Scope of clinical material:
Number of clinic visits seen approximately 40,000 per year
Number of operative hand surgery cases approximately 4,000 per year
Number of arthroplasty cases over 300 per year
Bio-Engineering Research Laboratory:
James Johnson PEng PhD, Cynthia Dunning PhD
- in-house biomechanics testing facility
- projects involve collaborations between surgeons and engineers
- in-vitro simulators used to mimic joint motion
- development and testing of surgical procedures and new implant systems
Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory:
David O’Gorman MSc PhD
- in-house cell and molecular biology laboratory
- projects involve collaborations between surgeons, microbiologists, engineers, molecular biologists and other basic scientists
- research on Dupuytren's contracture, wound healing, wound infection and proteomics of muskuloskeletal diseases
Clinical Outcomes Laboratory:
Joy MacDermid BScPT MSc PhD
- randomized clinical trials
- development of patient-based outcome scores
- computerized upper extremity testing using NK and LIDO systems
Weekly teaching sessions:
Monday - 7-8 am Elbow Conference
Tuesday - 7-8 am Wrist Conference
Wednesday - 7-8 am City-wide Plastic or Orthopaedic Rounds
Thursday - 7-8 am Hand Conference
Friday - 7-8 am Shoulder Conference
Monthly teaching sessions:
Monthly combined Rheumatology/HULC Rounds
Monthly combined Physiatry and Rehabilitation Medicine/HULC Rounds
Bi-Monthly HULC Morbidity/Mortality Rounds (Continous Quality Assurance)
Monthly HULC Journal Club
Monthly HULC Problem Case Rounds
Requirements for acceptance:
1. Completion of an approved residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery or General Surgery
2. Completion of an application form with copy of applicant’s medical school degree, curriculum vitae and transcript, one-page personal statement, and three letters of recommendation which should include one from a hand surgeon and one from the chief of your residency program
3. Personal interview and site visit are mandatory. Selections are made April 15 of each year, approximately 14 months before commencement of the fellowship. Further information regarding post-graduate education at UWO can be found at the website of the UWO Post-graduate Education Office (opens in new window).
UWO Shoulder Surgery Fellowship Program
For more information on the UWO Shoulder Surgery Fellowship, please click here.
The Hand and Upper Limb Centre provides postdoctoral research fellowships in three major disciplines in the laboratories associated with HULC. More information can be found on the pages of the Hand and Upper Limb Centre.
For basic wet-bench research post doctoral fellowships contact: Dr. David O’Gorman at email@example.com
For orthopaedic bioengineering post-doctoral fellowships contact Dr. James Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
For clinical research fellowships contact Dr. Joy Macdermid at email@example.com
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