The fellowship for surgery of the hand was initiated in 1960 by Harold Kleinert. More than 1200 physicians from 61 countries have received training in hand surgery as clinical fellows, research fellows or residents. In addition to refining their understanding of hand surgery, many of these individuals have contributed immeasurably to the fellowship, bringing new ideas and techniques from around the world.

Fellows receive clinical training through six-week rotations on separate services. Initial patient evaluation is performed by the fellows, whether in the office or the ER. The fellow outlines his treatment plan for the patient and then consults with the attending who makes modifications as necessary.

Fellows also perform pre-operative and post-operative evaluations in clinic two days per week. The fellow scrubs as first assistant with the attending and then follows the patient's progress. Surgery is scheduled two to three days per week for each attending staff. Additional information can be found at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute.