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Dr. Green’s Rotation: You will work with Dr. Green in clinic at The Hand Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Dr. Green currently works 1 ½ days in the clinic. The fellow from Dr. Bagg’s, Person’s, and Srinivasan’s rotation will each spend one ½ day of clinic with Dr. Green. In total each fellow will interact with Dr. Green for a total of 9 months out of 12 months. This presents a unique opportunity to not only learn from the patients seen directly in Dr. Green’s clinic, but to also discuss patients/cases from the other rotations with him.
Dr. Bagg's Rotation: You will spend an average of 2.5 days in the OR and 2 days in clinic. You will encounter a wide breadth of orthopaedic cases, including shoulder and elbow arthroplasty. The fellow will encounter “cold trauma cases” throughout the entire year, but the majority of fractures proximal to the elbow are treated while on service with Dr. Bagg. Dr. Bagg will also perform microsurgical reconstruction of lower limb and upper limb soft tissue defects. The fellow will gain confidence with the anatomy of the upper extremity given the wide variety of procedures performed on the upper extremity (from fingertip to shoulder) on this rotation. On average a half day/week will be committed to research and academic activities.
Sample cases include:
Mini open carpal tunnel releases, thumb CMC trapeziectomy with LRTI, total elbow arthroplasty, total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, DRUJ reconstruction, thumb UCL repair and reconstruction, ORIF distal radius, CRPP and ORIF metacarpal fractures, lateral epicondyle release, ORIF olecranon fracture, ORIF humerus fracture (distal, shaft, and proximal), vascularized bone grafting of scaphoid nonunions with medial femoral condyle, opponensplasty.
Dr. Person’s Rotation: You will spend an average of 2 full days in the OR and 2.5 days in clinic with Dr. Person. ½ day per week will be spent doing “minors” (small surgical procedures such as trigger fingers etc.) in the clinic as well. You will be exposed to a wide variety of cases, ranging from the common to the exquisitely complex. You can expect to add considerably to your skill set in the evaluation and surgical treatment of complex problems.
Dr. Person sees both pediatric and adult patients and performs a variety of surgical procedures, ranging from “typical” elective hand surgery cases to complex microvascular head and neck reconstruction. Fellows will benefit from exposure to a wide array of hand pathology as well as microvascular reconstruction of complex head and neck defects after radical tumor resection. ½ day per week on average will be dedicated to research activities.
Dr. Srinivasan's Rotation: On average 3 days per week are spent in the operating room and 1 day in the clinic. The hand surgery fellow will be exposed to a wide variety of techniques in the care of upper extremity conditions. The fellow can expect to see a wide range of conditions, from the simple to the complex for hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. ½ day per week will be available to the fellow on this rotation to perform research related activities.
Sample cases include: Elbow and wrist arthroscopy, ORIF wrist fracture, shoulder arthroscopy (including sad, dce, rcr, capsular release), ulnar shortening osteotomy, open and endoscopic carpal tunnel release, thumb CMC trapeziectomy with LRTI, elbow arthrotomy and contracture release, total elbow arthroplasty-primaries and revisions, total and reverse shoulder arthroplasty, rotator cuff repair, DRUJ reconstruction, thumb UCL repair and reconstruction, CRPP and ORIF metacarpal and phalangeal fractures, lateral epicondyle release, ORIF olecranon fracture, ORIF humerus fracture (distal, shaft, and proximal), vascularized free fibula reconstruction of nonunion.
Dr. Desai’s rotation: Dr. Desai, sees a typical variety of congenital and adult elective hand surgery cases. Fellows will be exposed to complex upper and lower extremity microvascular reconstruction for scaphoid nonunions, trauma, and following tumor extirpation surgery. Fellows will also be exposed to complex peripheral nerve reconstruction and challenging hand ischemia cases. In addition, he staffs the Brachial Plexus clinic at Methodist Hospital and is responsible for the assessment and subsequent surgical management of these patients. By the end of this rotation, fellows should be comfortable with the management of skin and soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels, WALANT and the operating microscope.
6-6:30am Dr. Green Lecture series
The Hand Center Library
6-6:30am Weekly Journal Club
(UT Health, School of Medicine)
TBD Radiology Conference
7-9pm Orthopedic Surgery Department Journal Club
Hand SAE review
1st and 4th
The Hand Center Library
1ST AND 4TH WEEKS
7-8am Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
Location (UT Health, School of Medicine), 409 L
6:30-7pm Hand Conference (UT Health) Room 309L
4-5pm Srinivasan fellow anatomy cadaver prosection
(TCA wetlab in basement)
Bimonthly Journal Club with Dr. Green and other faculty TBD
The Hand Center Library
2ND AND 3RD WEEKS
Coding/Billing with Catharine
The Hand Center Library
4-7pm Orthopaedic Resident didactic schedule, topics and location tbd
5-6pm Srinivasan fellow presents anatomy dissection
TCA wetlab in basement
The Hand Center Library
TUESDAY AM HAND CONFERENCE/Journal Club, 6:00 AM-7:00 AM
- Our major teaching conference is every Tuesday morning at 6:00AM. A copy of the conference schedule is in this packet.
- Journal Club is from 6:00 am-6:30 am
- Journal Club articles will parallel the lecture topic
- Review suggested journal club articles on Fellows Computer one week prior. Confirm with Lecture presenter which articles they would prioritize (3-5 articles). Place those articles in folder, place the rest of the articles in a folder that says “additional articles.”
- The fellow on Dr. Person’s service will be primarily responsible for all Tuesday AM conferences during his rotation. Keep your copy of the conference schedule that is provided in this packet. The fellow’s responsibilities will also include:
- Calling each week’s speaker 5 to 7 days in advance to remind him or her of their impending conference. Some of these are not Hand Center staff, and Lashaun can help you get their numbers.
- Bring to the conference each week:
- A backup presentation (e.g. some cases to discuss) in case the speaker doesn’t show or has technical problems.
Cadaver Lab: Most Wednesdays 4-6 pm, TCA Wet lab
- Srinivasan Fellow is responsible for prosection 4-5 pm
- Srinivasan Fellows presents to other fellows/staff from 5-6 pm
OT Lectures: once per month: 5-5:30 pm, Hand Center Library, please see separate schedule
DR. GREEN LECTURE SERIES
At the suggestion of former fellows, Dr. Green now gives a lecture series on various topics of his choice (hand surgery, giving lectures, etc.) once a month on a selected Monday morning. This gives you a chance to get to know Dr. Green better and the recipient of his wisdom. He will give you a schedule for this series.
SELF ASSESMENT EXAMINATION REVIEW, 1st and 4th Fridays, Hand Center Library
Review self-assessment questions every Friday. Likely 5 to 10 questions will be reviewed. The time may vary but will usually be 7AM-8AM.
Case Conference/Indications Conference/Research Meetings, 2nd and 3rd Fridays, Hand Center Library 7-8am. Fellows case conference will be the 2nd Friday of the month. 2 fellows should bring one case each to present to the other fellows and Faculty.
The Hand Center maintains a fairly extensive library of Journals and books covering Hand Surgery, Microsurgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Plastic Surgery. These books are here for your edification. You are welcome and encouraged to make use of these facilities, but please return books to their place on the shelf and do not take them home. There are also videotapes of many procedures and a large series on flaps. The library is here for you.
The UTHSCSA has a reasonable library, and any resources not found at The Hand Center should be able to be found here. Most journals are available online. Carla will guide you in obtaining online access to the UTHSCSA library.
ASSH CANDIDATE MEMBERSHIP
I hope that you all have at least applied for Candidate membership in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. The fee is relatively small and includes a subscription to the Journal of Hand Surgery. This is a fairly inexpensive way to get the Journal, and sort of sets you up for membership when you are ready. It also gives you access to the ASSH listserv which is a valuable source of information. If you haven’t already done this, please do so.
Each fellows’ performance is evaluated quarterly by the attending on that rotation. These are on file and available for review with you and you will sign. The fellows also will evaluate each of the staff at the end of each rotation. They also should do an evaluation of the program at the end of the year.
As mandated by the ACGME accredited training program, we have begun the process of “360 degree” evaluations. It means that you will be evaluated at some point by everyone- from patients to staff.
As an ACGME accredited training program, we have a Grievance Policy on file with the University. We have never needed this in the past, but it does exist. Carla has a copy for your perusal. By far the best way to handle issues is to deal with them before they become “grievances.” Please come and talk to me if anything that seriously bothers you arises. By the same token, if I see an issue related to performance, we will talk about it- hopefully before it becomes a problem.
Moonlighting is not allowed during the Fellowship, except under specific, rare circumstances.
We adhere to all other policies of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in terms of residency training, etc. These are all spelled out in the “Fellows Handbook” which is part of this packet.