Orthopaedic Hand Procedures

You’ll manage injuries of the hand and upper extremity during this elective.

You’ll learn the anatomy and function of hand structures and how to evaluate and treat a variety of injuries and conditions normally encountered in a primary care setting.

As you gain proficiency examining the hand, wrist and elbow, you’ll understand when to image, how to tend to basic fractures and what symptoms merit referral for hand surgery.

Supervised by two full-time orthopaedic faculty, you’ll observe various injection techniques used to treat tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other conditions.

You’ll also have the opportunity to observe basic surgical procedures.


  • 50 patient visits

Patient Population

  • 10 percent ages 19 and younger
  • 60 percent 20-49
  • 30 percent 50+

Clinical Site

Length of Elective

Four weeks (one half-day per week)