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Weekly conferences are held at the medical school during which Hand Center attendings lecture on various hand and upper extremity topics. The fellows also present interesting cases once per month. Journal club is held monthly at either an attending’s private residence or at a restaurant. Dr. Green hosts a monthly “Fellow’s Conference” during which he lectures to the fellows on a predetermined topic. There are monthly Radiology and Hand Therapy conferences, as well.
A cadaveric flap course is supported by the Hand Center during which attendings work with the fellows to discuss the basic concepts of soft tissue coverage and work through commonly used flaps. Fellows are sponsored by the Hand Center for one academic conference per year. A Visiting Professor is invited annually. Past speakers have included Peter Stern, Robert Medoff, Graham Lister and others.
In addition, there are gross anatomy labs scheduled throughout the year. Past presenters have included Rob Medoff who led local residents and our fellows through fragment-specific fixation principles and surgical exposures.
A sample schedule is listed below:
August: AO Fracture Basics (Synthes)
September: TFCC repair, CMC tightrope, SLAM (Arthrex)
October: DRUJ reconstruction (e.g., Adams weave)
November: Distal radius fractures with Rob Medoff (Trimed)
February: Flap course in conjunction with Baylor College of Medicine
March: Wrist arthroplasty, DRUJ reconstruction with Brian Adams
April: Visiting Professor Nick Vedder
Additional courses sponsored by industry patrons are occasionally offered based on availability, educational value and interest.