The Mary S. Stern Fellowship (Hand Surgery)

Education > Fellowships

This one-year program, sponsored by the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Children’s Hospital and TriHealth Hand Surgery Specialists is for residents seeking certification in hand surgery and microsurgery. Established in 1987 by Peter J. Stern, MD, it underscores the strong commitment to education that is a fundamental value of the physicians at the attending staff team.

Designed for orthopedic, plastic and general surgeons who have completed their residency training, the Fellowship is divided into four major four-month rotations: the “Stern Service,” the “TriHealth Hand Surgery Specialist Service," University Service and Children's Service. It is accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education).

A fellowship is a required component of the Certificate of Added Qualifications in surgery of the hand. This certificate is the medical establishment’s imprimatur for doctors aspiring to the hand surgery specialty.

About The Combined University of Cincinnati Hand Surgery Fellowship

Our Fellowship has a broad educational curriculum and a clinical experience for three fellows. There is exposure to 14 faculty members, all with a CAQ in hand surgery. Faculty expertise varies from general hand and trauma, to microsurgery, pediatric, peripheral nerve and complex trauma and reconstruction. As fellows become more experienced in the management of hand and upper extremity problems, they are given increased responsibility.

Fellows learn through a large volume of exposures to surgery (approximately 5,000 cases annually) as well as exposure in the outpatient clinic (approximately 40,000 visits annually). They attend several weekly conferences, have exposure to two visiting professors and attend a combined meeting with the Louisville and Indianapolis hand groups. They are on call every fourth night.

Fellows are challenged to contribute to the advancement of Hand Surgery through anatomic and clinical research, and to present their findings at scientific meetings. Upon completion of the program, we expect that participants will have completed a manuscript that can be submitted for publication in a peer review journal.

Our goal is to provide a comprehensive education in hand and upper extremity surgery. We anticipate that our Fellows will devote the majority of their practices to this specialty and become active members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Our Philosophy:

The following principles make up the core of our philosophy:

Our physicians must know the “why,” and not just the “how,” of hand surgery.

Hand surgery is a science that must be thoroughly understood in order to provide the highest quality patient care.

That learning the art of diagnosis and conservative non-surgical management is as important as mastering surgical techniques.

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