Hand and Upper Extremity

Program Overview

Hand fellowshipThe Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship prepares an orthopaedic surgeon for a career in hand and upper extremity surgery. The one-year fellowship offers a broad experience of operative and nonoperative management in a busy Level-I Academic Medical Center as well as in two private practice settings. The fellow will be exposed to a spectrum of pathologies and disorders involving the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder in both children and adults.

The fellow will be responsible for teaching medical students and residents, as well as lecturing at conferences and participating in and facilitating monthly journal clubs. Upon completion of the program, the fellow is required to complete a research paper of publishable quality in basic and/or clinical research.

The goal of the fellowship program is to prepare the fellow for a successful career as an upper extremity specialist and successfully pass the Certificate in Hand Surgery examination.

This fellowship is ACGME accredited.


Roger Daley, MD PhD Program Director

Roger Daley MD PhD
Program Director

Steven Grindel, MD

Steven Grindel MD

Cameron Best, MD

Cameron Best MD


Rick Papandrea MD

Dean Zielger, MD

Dean Zielger MD


NRMP Match Program

This fellowship participates in the Combined Musculoskeletal-Hand Surgery Matching Program (CMMP) sponsored by the NRMP.

Fellow Appointment

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completed an ACGME Accredited Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
  • Must be certified or eligible for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
  • Must be eligible or currently hold a State of Wisconsin Medical License

Number of Position(s)

One fellowship position available each year.


1 year (August 1 to July 31)


$68,540 (2018-2019)


MCWAH Terms, Conditions & Benefits of Employment

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Department Benefits

  • Three weeks paid vacation
  • Time and funds for approved conference attendance

How to Apply

Application Requirements

Documents required for a complete application are:

  1. Register with the NRMP’s Combined Musculoskeletal-Hand Surgery Matching Program (CMMP)
  2. Complete your Application via ASSH online.
  3. Provide a Personal Statement
  4. Provide current CV
  5. Provide a current photo
  6. Provide (3) Letters of Recommendation (one from the program director and two others)
  7. Submit a copy via email of your Medical School Diploma and photocopy of your current State Medical License (or state in your email it is not required for your current training) to:

Tara Fikejs, C-TAGME
Medical Education Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin – HUB
8701 W Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Application Deadline

  • December 15th

Interview Dates

  • January 21, 2019 and February 4, 2019

Additional Information

For further questions concerning our fellowship program, please contact us by calling 414-955-3217 or by emailing Tara Fikejs.