Welcome to the Baptist Health South Florida Orthopedic Hand Surgery Fellowship located in Miami, Florida. This ACGME-accredited program will welcome our first class August 2024.

The goal of this one-year fellowship program is to provide a concentrated educational experience in upper extremity surgery of a wide range of patients of all ages including new born to 100+ year old with acute and chronic hand and upper extremity conditions. Our experienced faculty will teach fellows in the treatment of fractures, wrist instability, nerve and vascular repair, sports injuries, complex hand/wrist/elbow/shoulder reconstruction, arthroscopy, microsurgery, and orthopedic oncology. Fellows will be active in the operating room performing robust number of procedures and will participate in average of 700 surgical cases every year.

Outside of the operating room, fellows will care for a wide variety of patients and work hand-in-hand with the fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic, hand and plastic surgeons from Baptist Health Orthopedic Care. Care includes weekly clinics in our state-of-the-art orthopedic center, inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures, pre- and post-operative exams and consultations, trauma cases, and rehabilitation.

In addition to community patients, fellows will care for athletes of all levels. Our program provides unique year-round sports medicine coverage for 36 Miami-Dade County High Schools as well three universities: Florida International University, Barry University and St. Thomas University. Care includes pre and post-season physicals, weekly clinics in the athletic training room and game coverage. Fellows will also participate in the care of several major professional sports teams including Miami Dolphins (NFL), Miami HEAT (NBA), Florida Panthers (NHL), Inter Miami (MLS), and Miami FC (USL). We are also the official sports medicine provider for high-profile sporting events that include The Miami Marathon & Half Marathon, Miami Triathlon, Miami Open Tennis Tournament, and the Orange Bowl.

Program Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) ID: 2631126001

Program Size

2 fellows each year

Program Highlights

  • Fellows will participate in biomechanical and clinical research. Research projects are encouraged and protected time for these scholarly activities are built into the weekly schedule. The program provides personnel, financial support, and a fully functional Bio-Skills lab to facilitate research projects. The dedicated lab allows the fellows to supplement their training on open and arthroscopic procedures as well as complete field-testing for new products on cadaver specimens.

  • Miami is an ideal location for a fellow to learn and practice sports medicine. Baptist Health Orthopedic Care provides unique year-round coverage opportunities for a wide variety of high school, collegiate and professional sports teams. Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is the official sports medicine provider for:

    Professional Sports and Venue Partners

    • Florida Panthers (NHL)
    • Inter Miami CF (MLS)
    • Miami Dolphins (NFL)
    • Miami FC Soccer (USLC)
    • Miami Heat (NBA)

    University and School Athletics Partners

    • Barry University
    • Florida Atlantic University
    • Florida International University
    • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    • St. Thomas University

    Event and Tournament Partners

    • Gulfstream Park racetrack
    • Miami Beach Bowl
    • Miami Marathon and Half Marathon
    • Miami Open Tennis
    • Orange Bowl

Maria Claudia Corradine

Program Supervisor

Maria Claudia Corradine
786-308-2152

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Doctors Hospital

Doctors Hospital

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Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center

The Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center is a new, state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center located in the Medical Arts Building at Doctors Hospital. It is fully dedicated to orthopedic procedures and includes 4,500 square feet of the world’s most advanced and efficient operating room suites. Two of the four operating rooms have windows for viewing capabilities and student observation.

Baptist Hospital

Baptist Hospital

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Baptist Health Orthopedic Complex

Baptist Health Orthopedic Complex

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Baptist Health Wellness & Medical Complex

Baptist Health Wellness & Medical Complex

Baptist Health Surgery Center at Plantation located within the Baptist Health Wellness & Medical Complex offers the latest in surgical care and technology, backed by the experience of some of the area’s finest physicians and highly skilled and qualified staff. The 14,300-square-foot multi-specialty center is designed for the comfort, safety and convenience of our patients including five operating rooms with state-of-the-art surgical and anesthesia monitoring equipment.

West Kendall Baptist Hospital

West Kendall Baptist Hospital

West Kendall Baptist Hospital opened to the public April 2011 as Miami-Dade County’s first brand-new hospital in more than 35 years. The hospital features 203 private rooms and is a Gold LEED-certified facility featuring energy-efficient initiatives and recycled materials throughout. It supports a vision of West Kendall as a convenient central hub where area residents can live, work and play. Through its “Healthy West Kendall” initiative, the hospital encourages residents to achieve the goal of becoming the “Healthiest Community in Florida”. West Kendall Baptist Hospital offers adult medical and surgical services, surgical and endoscopy services, and maternity services.
Doctors Hospital BioSkills Lab

Doctors Hospital BioSkills Lab

This integral part of the Institute’s educational program provides a simulated surgical setting that allows our physicians, residents and fellows to conduct hands-on cadaveric evaluations, surgical education, clinical trials, and research studies including basic science. The lab is fully equipped with the latest arthroscopic equipment. The room allows viewing of the OR for a seamless learning experience. Fellows also have access to the Miami Anatomic and Research Center Institute surgical training center.


Eligibility Requirements and Application Schedule

Our program attracts, educates, and retains exceptional healthcare talent to serve the South Florida community. Program participants will be trained in the Baptist Health Way with a focus on quality, inclusion, compassion, and collaboration.

Eligibility Prerequisites

  • Board-eligible graduate of an ACGME-accredited residency program in orthopedic surgery, general surgery, or plastic surgery
  • Must be eligible to be granted an unrestricted license to practice medicine in Florida

Application Requirements

  • National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) registration
  • ASSH Universal Hand Surgery Fellowship Application
  • CV listing all scholarly activity (publications/presentations)
  • Personal statement
  • 3 exam score documents
  • Three letters of reference (signed, and on letterhead). One letter must be from a hand surgeon familiar with your work. One letter must be from the director of your residency training program
  • Medical school transcript
Acceptance and admission to the program is contingent on submission of all requested materials and meeting all eligibility requirements as determined by the program.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Application Timeline

  • Where do applicants go to apply?
    American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • When are applications accepted? Deadline to Apply: November 15th
  • When are candidate interviews? January 27, January 31, and March 20, 2023
  • When are candidates matched/notified of acceptance? On Match Day, via NRMP
  • When does the program start? August 1

Curriculum

Fellows will spend at least 3 days in the operating room, one and a half days in clinic, and a half day dedicated to research time each week.

Longitudinal Experiences

Our program incorporates several longitudinal rotations, immersing trainees in particular areas of study throughout the entire duration of the training program.

Rotations

  • The Operating Room curriculum is a 12-month rotation that will provide the fellow with a comprehensive approach to the surgical management of patients with hand and upper extrimity conditions. Fellows will spend no less than three days in the OR performing cases at Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Baptist Health Surgery Centers located in Coral Gables and Plantation, and Nicklaus Children's Hospital.

  • Fellows will spend between one and one and a half days in clinic evaluating patients with hand and upper extrimity conditions. Fellows will evaluate patients prior to surgery and follow them throughout their post-op care. Our 49,000-square-foot recently renovated outpatient facility consists of three floors of physician clinics with 42 exam rooms. The new pod concept with “touchdown” staff work areas will allow clinical teams to collaborate across subspecialties. Physician offices includes a dedicated Fellow’s Office. During clinic, the allied health professionals that include PA’s (Physicians Assistants), ATC’s (Certified Athletic Trainers), and MA’s (Medical Assistants) support physicians. Our practice currently uses CERNER electronic medical records (EMR) and fellows will receive specialized training in this system as part of their onboarding.

  • Fellows will actively participate in their own original research as well multiple ongoing projects. Fellows will be supported with their research from Certified Clinical Research Coordinators, volunteers, and a Research and Education Coordinator with a PhD. Other resources will include the medical library and a BioSkills Lab.

    The BioSkills Lab will be an integral part of the educational program and will provide a simulated surgical setting that allows our physicians to conduct hands-on cadaveric evaluations, surgical education, research studies, and clinical trials. The lab has broadcast capabilities for a seamless learning experience.

    Fellows will receive a laptop and a dedicated office space to use during their fellowship year that will assist with their research projects.

  • Faculty, fellows, and allied health professionals actively participates in the program’s didactic education series. The didactics includes:

    • Lecture series: Weekly teaching conference dedicated to hand, where presenters will vary each week and will include the program director, program faculty, and physical and occupational therapists who will lead some weekly conferences.
    • Ortho Sports Medicine Lecture Series Weekly teaching conference in conjunction with the ortho sports medicine fellowship programs and faculty for upper extremity topics.
    • Journal Club: Monthly to discuss various topics from the Journal of Hand Surgery and other relevant peer reviewed publications, both current and classic (i.e., Stern Selected Readings in Hand Surgery).
    • Case Review Conference & M&M: Monthly to present and discuss interesting cases from our own and/or case reports from the literature, followed by discussion.
    • BioSkills Lab: Monthly surgical techniques hands on cadaver lab training with one faculty members. Duration: 3 hours each.
    • Videos: Fellows will use the ASSH Hand 50 videos that represent the topics that all Hand Fellows should know well. These videos are available to augment the formal education of a Fellowship program. Some topics are covered by more than one lecturer, this is intentional to give Fellows a broad perspective.
  • The primary purpose of Rehabilitation Services will be to provide assessment, therapeutic treatment, and education to patients and their family members. The rehabilitation plan is designed to promote health, restore function, and improve overall life-style. Fellows will collaborate directly with physical therapists and ATC’s.

  • Each year, fellows will participate as instructors for the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Musculoskeletal Course. This course will allow them to develop and hone their skills as they teach 4th year medical students.


Elective Experiences

We offer elective learning experiences, including:
Pediatrics
Trauma
Elbow/Shoulder sports Medicine

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