Hand Service resident Megan Mizera, MD, awarded first prize at prestigious New York conference

Hand Service resident Megan Mizera’s paper, “Validation of Two Novel and Complementary Training Platforms for Small Joint Arthroscopy,” took top honors at the Residents and Fellows Conference of the New York Society for Surgery of the Hand.

While the technique of arthroscopy of large joints such as the knee can be learned fairly quickly, small joints such as the base of the thumb and knuckle joints of the hand have a steeper learning curve and are more difficult to master. With the techniques presented in this research, low-cost items can be constructed in-house for orthopedic residents to practice on and learn. This important, nonanimal model details how residents in training can gain experience and improve their dexterity in delicate surgical procedures in the laboratory setting.

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