Fellowships


BSSH Stack Fellowship

The Stack Travelling Fellowship of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand was introduced in memory of Graham Stack to recognise achievement and contribution to the development of Hand Surgery in the United Kingdom. It is a prestigious award of the Society and is intended for Consultants who are full members of BSSH or for senior trainees who are associate members and who have completed a hand surgery fellowship.

The Stack Fellowship is awarded to enable visits to centres of excellence and interest in the UK and elsewhere. The purpose of the fellowship is to assist the award holder in developing one or more of the following: specified area(s) of clinical interest; area(s) of scientific investigation; specific educational activity.

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Non-BSSH Fellowships

UK Fellowships
The Society emailed the membership and requested details about existing hand surgery fellowships. We would like to thank Alistair Phillips, an orthopaedic trainee, for his help in compiling a list of fellowships. This list will be updated annually. [more]


Hand Surgery Fellowship, Geneva, Switzerland
Gregoire Chick, MD, a hand surgeon in Geneva has set up a fellowship in hand surgery. The fellowship will take place in the private sector and is suitable for surgeons who have completed their training in orthopaedic, plastic or general surgery and intend to pursue a full-time career in hand surgery. Applicants must have some previous experience in hand surgery and should have excellent spoken French. For further information and to apply for the fellowship (please attach a detailed C.V. and two letters of reference), please email Dr Chick at gregoire.chick@latour.ch.


Hand Surgery Fellowship, Biarritz, France
The Department of Hand, Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Centre Hospitalier Basque in Biarritz, France, is looking for a plastic surgery trainee to join the team for a 6-12 months fellowship, starting on 1 May 2014. The centre is one of the French Hand Trauma Centres (SOS Main) and provides hand trauma care for a wide region. The staff consists of five orthopaedic surgeons and one plastic surgeon.


The Department of Hand, Plastic and Orthopaedic Surgery at the Centre Hospitalier Basque in Biarritz, France, is looking for a plastic surgery trainee to join the team for a 6-12 months fellowship, starting on 1 May 2014. The centre is one of the French Hand Trauma Centres (SOS Main) and provides hand trauma care for a wide region. The staff consists of five orthopaedic surgeons and one plastic surgeon.

The fellow will work within the hand and plastic surgery unit and will be involved in teh day-to-day running of the hand trauma clinic and plastic surgery list. The weekly schedule will involve hand surgery emergencies, plastic surgery and the outpatient clinic. The fellow will be exposed to a wide variety of aesthetic, plastic and reconstructive surgery and is expected to publish work carried out in the unit.

The post would be suitable for a plastic surgery trainee or a young consultant who would like to gain experience in hand trauma. A basic knowledge of French is expected.

For more information please contact: secr.sosmain@ch-cotebasque.fr; website: http://www.urgencemain.fr


Bruce Bailey Travelling Fellowship

This Fellowship in Coimbatore, India was established in memory of Mr Bruce Bailey, Plastic Surgeon at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, in recognition of the training that Mr Bailey provided for many Indian plastic surgeons, including Dr S Raja Sabapathy at the Ganga Hospital in Coimbatore. The Ganga Hospital website is here

The fellowship is for a period of two months, probably best taken at the end of the year in November and December. The Fellowship is designed for surgeons in the middle or late part of their training and is undertaken in a private hospital with orthopaedic, plastic surgical and hand teams, with a large volume of work related to trauma. The unit also does a lot of work on soft tissue cover for lower limb injuries.

Included in the fellowship is a one-week laboratory microsurgery course at the hospital and a trip to the Indian Society for Surgery of the Hand meeting or to attend the annual meeting of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India. The salary for the duration of the fellowship is £750.00 to include food and accommodation. For further information about the fellowship please contact Dr Raja Sabapathy at the Ganga Hospital, email: rajahand@vsnl.com 

Norman Carpener Travelling Fellowship

Details for the Norman Carpener Travelling Fellowship are here

Research Fellowship in Hand Surgery, Hong Kong

This fellowship is for a period of six months and a monthly allowance of £1,000.00 is offered. The fellow is expected to complete one or two research projects and one or two reviews of clinical material. The fellow can also be involved in clinical work, including some exposure to general orthopaedic trauma.

Interested applicants should write to Dr W Y Ip, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Queen Mary Hospital, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong, SAR, China (Fax: 00 852 2817 4392, E-mail: wyip@hkusua.hku.hk), enclosing a Curriculum Vitae.


Hand Fellowship, Johannesburg, South Africa

A full-time hand surgical fellowship is available to qualified, registered surgeons at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg. This is a large, very busy hospital of 3,000 beds, serving the population of Soweto outside Johannesburg. It is the premiere teaching hospital of the University of Witwatersrand. The Hand Unit’s portfolio ranges from microsurgery to congenital with a heavy emphasis on trauma. This is a fully clinical appointment. The fellow fits in between the consultants and the registrar levels, thus he must gain accreditation with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. The minimal period is six months.

For further information please contact: Professor J H Fleming, P O Box 72393, Parkview 2122, Johannesburg, South Africa, Telephone: 00 27 11 640 3093, Fax: 00 27 11 640 1869, E-mail: jf37@mweb.co.za

Visiting International Hand Fellowship, Robert A. Chase Hand Center at Stanford University, California, USA

A visiting hand fellowship, 6-12 weeks duration, is offered at the Chase Hand and Upper Limb Center at Stanford University in California, USA.  A stipend will be provided to help defray travel and living expenses, US $6000-12,000 accordingly.
The international fellowship program aims to create exchange between the visiting fellow, Stanford faculty, and doctors in training. The goal of this fellowship is to infuse the Stanford spirit into the fellow’s future practice and research. We anticipate he/she will come with several years of experience and will thus pursue a focused area of interest while at Stanford.
The Robert A. Chase Hand & Upper Limb Center contains faculty and residents from both the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Division of Plastic Surgery at Stanford, and the clinical and research arms of the Center reflect this breadth of expertise. We currently train two hand fellows per year accredited by the governing American body, the ACGME. The international fellowship position offered does not require state licensure, and thus the international fellow will observe in the clinical setting. Many research opportunities exist, and our goal is to foster interdisciplinary clinical and basic science relationships between the visiting fellow and the Center.

Further details are here

Hand Fellowship, St Luke's Hospital, Sydney, Australia

The Departments of Hand Surgery of St Luke's and Sydney Hospital offer a fellowship in hand surgery to suitably qualified applicants which provides clinical experience at each of the two hospitals over a 12-month period.
Applications are invited for the periods from July 2012 to end-June 2013. The fellowship is suitable for surgeons who have completed training in orthopaedic, plastic or general surgery and who intend to pursue a full-time career in hand surgery. Full qualification in one of the above surgical fields is essential. Applicants must have some previous experience in hand surgery and an interest in clinical research.
The successful applicant will undertake clinical duties at each of the two hospitals and will be expected to complete a research project ready for publication during the 12-month period.
A copy of the job description and details of conditions of employment can be obtained from handunit@slc.org.au.
A letter of application, including full Curriculum Vitae and the names of three referees, should be emailed to handunit@slc.org.au or sent to the Director of Fellowship, Hand Unit, St Luke's Hospital, PO Box 35, Potts Point 2011, Australia or faxed to +61 2 9358 5115.