The French Institute for Hand Surgery guarantees a high quality
theoretical and practical training regarding hand surgery. This
training is supervised by Dr Philippe SAFFAR and Dr. Stéphane
There are four residency positions available each semester.
Candidates should be specialists in orthopaedic or plastic surgery.
They should send their CV, a cover letter, reports on previous
practises and letters of recommendation.
Residents should have an excellent command of speaking, and if
possible writing skills of French.
The surgeons in the group regard the FIHS residents as specialists
under training. They are committed to teaching the residents all
the subjects of Upper extremity surgery of adults and children.
These subjects involve traumatology, plastic surgery of fragments,
peripheral nerve surgery and microsurgery, surgery of children's
malformations, carpal surgery, shoulder, elbow and wrist arthroscopy.
The training is provided during appointments, scheduled operations
and on duty shifts, in the weekly staff meeting, and at the Symposium
organised by the FIHS. During the meeting the resident submits
the issues analysed and proposes his/her ideas.
During the residency, the resident has the opportunity of delivering
at least one oral presentation and writing an article related
to his/her work. To do this, he/she will have the support of a
surgeon from the group.
of the residency :
The length of the residency is generally six months, days off
The length may be reduced according to career requirements. Eventually,
it can also be extended according to the planning, that is, if
the resident should end a training programme he/she has registered
During the residency, the resident receives a monthly payment.
Residents carry out their duties on a full time basis, that is,
from Monday morning to Friday night. The operation schedule in
the morning starts at 8:30 and appointments start at 9:00.
Depending on the surgery sessions, two or three residents are
required in the operating room. The weekly planning will be scheduled
in order to assign attendance to the operating room the best way
If a resident is not busy at the operating room, he/she is invited
to take part in the appointments. Residents may also take advantage
of the library or the multimedia facilities to carry out his/her
research work, and/or work on his/her presentations.
Residents should not leave the FIHS until an operation has ended,
and there is no emergency or extraordinary modification for being
required at the operating room.
A two week holiday is granted each semester.
Other days may be granted in case the resident is participating
in a medical congress, or due to extraordinary reasons. Permission
is granted after organising the continuity of the activity with
his/her colleagues, and notifying the surgeon in charge of FIHS
A weekly session is granted outside FIHS in order to continue
with university training or guided research (anatomic, bibliographic).
Duty appointments are set in accordance with the number of residents,
preferably fifteen day s before the beginning of each month.
Residents on duty should be contacted permanently. In addition
to their home telephone number, they should provide their cell
phone number or pager.
During the week, residents remain in the operating room to participate
in the eventual emergencies which will be treated after the scheduled
At weekends, residents should guarantee the continuity of attendance,
carrying out emergency and obligatory care on Saturday and Sunday
Residents are kindly required to assist in the organisation and
to participate in the symposium carried out by the FIHS.
Residents' participation in the Annual congress of G.E.M is frequent.