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Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship

This Fellowship offers exposure to all aspects of clinical hand and upper extremity surgery including elbow, forearm, wrist and hand trauma, adult reconstruction, neuromuscular disorders of the upper extremity, congenital deformities, traumatic and reconstruction microsurgery, as well as shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction.  The purpose of this program is to prepare Fellows for a career in upper extremity surgery.  Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in orthopaedic or plastic surgery. 

Fellows are an integral part of a busy clinical service caring for patients at a Level I trauma center, hospital setting, VA and a children's hospital.  In these venues, Fellows are exposed to over 500 outpatients and 60 to 80 operative procedures per month.  Each Fellow is exposed to the techniques of microvascular surgery with a microvascular surgery laboratory available for practice.  This Fellowship is closely tied to the orthopaedic residency program at UCSD with close interaction academically and clinically. 

Academic activities include a weekly hand and upper extremity surgery journal club, a monthly hand surgery conference, and a weekly repeating 13-week anatomy series involving cadaver dissection.  Attendance is encouraged at weekly Orthopaedic Grand Rounds and basic science and trauma conferences.  There is protected research time, which the Fellow is expected to utilize to complete at least one research project involving the hand and upper extremity.  There is available laboratory space and basic science research faculty with who to collaborate in research endeavors.

Program Director

Matthew Meunier, MD

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UCSD Medical Center
200 West Arbor Drive, 8894
San Diego, CA  92103-8894


1 year (August 1 to July 31)


Commensurate with level of training (PGY-5 or 6) / plus benefits


University of California , San Diego, VA San Diego Healthcare System

Fellowship Application Procedure

Our program participates in the  Combined Musculoskeletal Matching Program (CMMP).  Please refer to the Schedule of Dates for specific CMMP Match dates.

To apply:
• Three letters of recommendation
• Curriculum Vitae
• Personal Statement
• Medical school transcript
• Standardized Tests (USMLE or equivalent)

We no longer accept paper applications. 

Please submit application materials to:

Application Deadline:

  • December 15, 2020

Interview Dates:

  • Saturday, February 20, 2021 and Sunday, February 21, 2021


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