Application Process

The University of Kentucky Plastic Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery programs offer a 12-month Hand Surgery Fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 

 Position Offered

The program accepts one (1) single-year Hand Surgery Fellow per year. The fellow will spend an equal amount of time between Plastic and Orthopedic Surgery. Individuals are required to be board eligible in either Plastic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, or General Surgery. Selection is made 12 months prior to commencement of fellowship.

 application requirements

Hand Surgery Closeup
The fellowship position is filled through the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH).
Applicants must also be registered with the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Call toll -free at 866-653-NRMP (6767).
Required elements for an application include the following:

  • Application from the ASSH*
  • Personal Statement/Letter of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Three letters of recommendation (signed on official letterhead)
  • Three (3) Exam Score documents
  • Personal photo

Please include an e-mail address with your application as we will be responding to questions by e-mail.
Applications will not be considered until they are complete.

 application deadline and interview dates

Application deadline for the 2020-21 academic year is closed. 
Application deadline for 2021-22 academic year: TBA.
Interviews are scheduled for the following dates:

  • January 18, 2020
  • February 22, 2020

Please Note: We must have your completed application before you are granted an interview.


David Drake, MD
David Drake, MD

Program Director

 Jan Mock (click to email)
and/or Madison Meacham (click to email)
Hand Fellowship Program Coordinators

Visiting the UK College of Medicine
On your interview date, you will be given a tour of the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center and the hospital facilities. For information about the area, see Visitlex: The Horse Capital of the World.