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Joris Teunissen, PhD-student


Currently, I am a PhD student at the department of Plastic surgery in the Radboud Medical Centre. I am involved in research on surgical treatment for ulnar sided wrist pain with ulnar shortening osteotomies. The aim of this research is to gain more insight into the patient reported outcome measures (PROMS) in patients with ulnar sided wrist pain that undergo ulnar shortening. This research is part of a larger project to develop a decision model for the treatment of ulnar sided wrist pain. Next to my PhD projects I am organizing a conference for Plastic, Orthopedic and Trauma surgery: Traumaplatform symposium 2021.


Background: In 2015, I graduated Cum Laude at the Van Maerlant lyceum in Eindhoven. I studied medicine at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in 2018. During the bachelor I participated in the Erasmus Medical Centre Honours Class and engaged in debates with experts contributing to recent developments in the medical field. After the minor “Reconstruction head to hands” I became interested in Plastic, Orthopedic and Trauma surgery and started as a junior researcher at the Hand and Wrist Study Group where I investigated factors associated with the duration of sick leave after surgical treatment for thumb base osteoarthritis. At the end of the bachelor I received an invitation from the dean of the Erasmus University to apply  for the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences (NIHES) Clinical Research master before the start of the medicine master. During the Clinical Research master I explored the radiographic course of thumb base osteoarthritis in the general population. I also participated in the Erasmus Anatomy Research Project (Earp) where I dissected the upper extremity for several weeks and attended dissection demonstrations from plastic and orthopedic surgeons to increase my anatomic knowledge of the wrist and hand.


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