IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 49LA716 — SURGERY OF THE HAND


To acquaint the student with the principles of management of injuries of the hand and surgical reconstruction of deformities of the hand and surgical reconstruction of deformities of the hand secondary to trauma, congenital malformations and disease. Anatomy, methods of examination, diagnosis, and patient management will be reviewed with clinical application on a large volume of patients with hand problems. The Indiana Hand To Shoulder Center is the premiere, educator, and innovator in the prevention and treatment of upper extremity disorders. Our physicians and associates represent the Indiana Hand To Shoulder Center worldwide to serve patients, referring physicians, and physicians-in-training. We strive to improve the quality of life for our patients and employees. The Indiana Hand To Shoulder Center delivers the highest quality patient care, provides the most respected post-graduate upper extremity training, and maintains a work environment that provides satisfaction, pride, and excellence.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org)

Director: Thomas D Kaplan, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: St. Vincent Hospital, Indiana Hand Center, IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Dr. R. M. Baltera; Dr. J. J. Creighton, Jr.; Dr. T. J. Fischer; Dr. J. Greenberg; Dr. W. B. Kleinman; Dr. G. Merrell; Dr. A. D. Mih, Dr. K. Knox

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Assist in the evaluation of patients which present to the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center or St) Vincent Hospital Emergency Room (PC1)
  • 2) Assist in the surgical care and follow-up of these patients (PC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Objective exam, Clinical Observation).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 30-40

Time Distribution: 50% Clinical; 50% OR

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: To check availability, contact Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org). We do accept interested students with a wait list availability option.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None