L to R: Prof. Baek, Antti, Prof. Chacha & Prof. Pho
Hand Surgery in Singapore is unique in being a separate speciality with its own training path. Our department was established in 1990 with the objectives of advancing the specialities of Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery. Prior to this, our surgeons had already achieved several important milestones, including the replant of an amputated thumb in Singapore in 1977 and the world's first free vascularised fibular graft transfer to the forearm in 1978.
We are an academic Hand Surgery department with equal emphasis on clinical work, teaching, and research. In addition to the treatment of traumatic and degenerative conditions of the upper limb, the department also provides care for congenital differences, musculoskeletal tumours, brachial plexus injuries, and sports related conditions of the hand and wrist. We work closely with the division of Orthopaedic Trauma and provide soft tissue coverage for open fractures of the lower limb. The department runs a Microsurgery Training Laboratory with regular basic and advanced microsurgical courses. A dedicated outpatient facility - the Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Center (HRMC) opened in April 2011, creating the largest, one stop Center for Hand Surgery in the region.
The goal of our Fellowship Program is to prepare our fellows for a career in Hand Surgery. We provide a comprehensive exposure to Hand Surgery as part of the National Hand Surgery Residency Training Program. Our hospital is a University Hospital and a Level I trauma center. Fellows receive individual teaching and supervision in the operating room and outpatient clinics and can progressively develop independent responsibility for patient care and supervision of residents. The fellows will rotate through the teams. All teams include a combination of routine "bread and butter" patients and complex reconstructive patients. This rotation is intended to maximize fellow exposure to a wide variety of patients, diagnoses, and treatment philosophies. Fellows can expect to do between five and seven stay-in on-calls per month and consultants will be available at all times for supervision and mentoring. Weekly teaching conferences, journal club, and anatomical dissections of the upper extremity provide a strong academic environment. The program provides fellows with the opportunity to experience clinical research and to present that research either at at national or international meetings.
* Applications for the 2018 Fellowship Program is closed.
Accepting application for the 2019 Fellowship Program till 31 November 2017.
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Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Center