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Tag: fellowship

Lifelong Learning in Hand Surgery

By Soumen Das De, MD, FRCS, MPH “The natural history of science is the study of the unknown. If you fear it, then you’re not going to study it, and you’re not going to make any progress.” – Michael E. DeBakey, Cardiovascular Surgeon One of the things I really like about Hand Surgery is its […]

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May 3: Uncertainty

By Karan Desai, MD Uncertainty. As a hand surgery fellow in training in New York City, uncertainty has been the overwhelming emotion day in, and day out, during this COVID era. The fellowship year is exceedingly unique in a surgeon’s training as most approach the opportunity with maximum zeal and intensity to hone the craft […]

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A Different Kind of Surgeon

By Andrea Halim, MD When I was a fourth year orthopedic resident, a new hand attending started, fresh out of fellowship. Dr. Felicity Fishman had completed a hand fellowship with an additional 9 months of pediatric hand surgery training. She came in with a bang. She demanded that residents be prepared for cases, and became […]

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Keeping the Lessons Close

By Amber R. Leis, MD, FACS I credit my career as a hand surgeon to two women: Dr. Frances Sharpe and Dr. Sharon Kalina. I rotated with them during my third year of residency, and they were among my earliest exposures to the specialty. Dr. Kalina was an extremely thorough teacher, regularly pulling me into […]

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Excellent Training

By John Fowler, MD It has been my experience, both in residency and fellowship, and now as a faculty member at an academic institution, that the field of hand surgery excels at allowing our trainees to have significant hands-on experience in both the operating room and office.  Several of my co-residents noted that their fellowship […]

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My Training In Italy And With Dr. Kleinert

By Fabio C. Curini-Galletti, MD I am Fabio Curini-Galletti, an Italian and European Certified Hand Surgeon Specialist and International Member of ASSH and AAHS. My story: after graduating in medicine (1978 University of Pisa, Italy, 6 years) I did a six-month internship in the Department of Orthopedics of Grosseto (a small town in Tuscany, Italy); later […]

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A Need For Increased Volunteerism

By Charles Ekstein, MD I’ll always be grateful for the training and mentorship that I received during my fellowship year, a formative compendium on hand surgery from some of the most respected surgeons at the Hospital for Special Surgery. From complex wrist reconstructions to total elbow replacements and everything in between, it was one of […]

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What I Wish To Change About My Training Experience

By Jingheng Wu, MD, PhD Born in mainland China, I obtained my medical education at the top medical school in China and became a staff Hand Surgeon at Beijing Jishuitan Hospital, the leading orthopedic hospital in the country. I was satisfied with my career path until I heard a lecture given by Dr. Yulong Sun, […]

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Thank You To My Mentor, Dr. James B. Bennett

By Mehmet Demirtas, MD Dr. James B. Bennett, whom I met in 1994 in Turkey, when he came for a meeting as a guest speaker, was a mentor by whom I had been inspired spiritually and conceptually. On his visit to Turkey, I was honored by him accepting me as a visiting surgeon in 1995 at […]

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